The Center for Medical Progress has released its 10th Planned Parenthood sting video featuring prescient conversations between Planned Parenthood executives about the PR dangers of the organization’s fetal body part harvesting scheme.
This video is similar to the more recent offerings from CMP’s investigations in that it is light in shocking footage of the actual procurement of fetal tissue, but heavy on content that exposes the corruption between Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. It features conversations between CMP’s actor, a fetal tissue buyer, and Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, Senior Medical Advisor for PPFA; Dr. Vanessa Cullins, Vice President for External Medical Affairs for PPFA; and Deborah VanDerhei, National Director for the Consortium of Abortion Providers (CAPS) at PPFA.
In the video, the buyer presses the issue of “donations for remuneration,” which CMP describes as “[carrying] the connotation of financial reward or benefit without regard for actual expenses.” The officials the buyer speaks to admit several times that “the headlines would be a disaster” if the abortion industry gets caught selling baby body parts for profit before developing a PR strategy to protect the exchanges.
More from the Center for Medical Progress [emphasis mine]:
“Certainly, everything we provide–oh, gonads! Oh my God, gonads. Everything we provide is fresh.” [Dr. Carolyn] Westhoff[, Senior Medical Advisor for PPFA] continues, “Obviously, we would have the potential for a huge P.R. issue in doing this,” before offering to introduce the buyers to “national office abortion people” from Planned Parenthood.
“Is this really worth getting–I don’t even know what in general, what a specimen generally brings in?” VanDerhei later asks a prospective buyer. When she is told $100 per specimen, she remarks, “But we have independent colleagues who generate a fair amount of income doing this.” VanDerhei suggests that Planned Parenthood goes to great lengths to avoid leaving a paper trail about their fetal tissue activity: “It’s an issue that you might imagine we’re not really that comfortable talking about on email.”
In a conversation recorded between VanDerhei and Vanessa Russo, Compliance Program Administrator for Planned Parenthood Keystone in Pennsylvania, Russo argues, “A company like this that wants to give our organization money for the tissue–I think that that’s a valid exchange, and that that’s okay.” VanDerhei nods her head up and down and affirms, “Mhm.”
You can read Legal Insurrection’s coverage of CMP’s Planned Parenthood sting here.
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