Several senior-level Planned Parenthood executives have been caught detailing the organization’s secretive aborted fetal harvesting practices in a new undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress. Deborah VanDerhei, National Director of Planned Parenthood's Consortium of Abortion Providers, is featured explaining fetal body part harvesting as “donation for remuneration.”
"I know Northern California, Mar Monte, L.A. – they all provide donation for remuneration. So, they would be people to check with about how that goes."
Also included on the video are discussions with Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, Senior Medical Advisor for PPFA; Dr. Vanessa Cullins, Vice President for External Medical Affairs for PPFA; and VanDerhei.
“We’ve just been working with people who want particular tissues, like, you know, they want cardiac, or they want eyes, or they want neural,” Dr. Westhoff says to a prospective organ purchaser. “Certainly, everything we provide–oh, gonads! Oh my God, gonads. Everything we provide is fresh.” Westhoff offers, “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 asks later in the video. When she is offered $100 for each specimen, she says, “But we have independent colleagues who generate a fair amount of income doing this.” VanDerhei then details how Planned Parenthood works to avoid leaving a paper trail regarding their fetal harvesting program: “It’s an issue that you might imagine we’re not really that comfortable talking about on email.”
VanDerhei and Vanessa Russo, Compliance Program Administrator for Planned Parenthood Keystone in Pennsylvania, then argue, “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 agrees affirmatively.
Perhaps the biggest indictment of the organization is found in Vanessa Cullins, the Vice President of External Medical Affairs, who is fully aware of the legal implications surrounding this scandal: “This is important. This could destroy your organization and us, if we don’t time those conversations correctly,” she tells a prospective buyer.
Always "Think, 'New York Times headlines,'" VanDerhei warns.
Watch the full video here: