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Anti-abortion group releases secret video, says Planned Parenthood sells fetal organs

Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, released an undercover video and claims a top physician at Planned Parenthood discussed the sale of fetal body parts after abortions. (Source: YouTube/ Center for Medical Progress) Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, released an undercover video and claims a top physician at Planned Parenthood discussed the sale of fetal body parts after abortions. (Source: YouTube/ Center for Medical Progress)

(RNN) - An activist group released an undercover video Tuesday of what they said is a Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses.

According to a news release from the Center for Medical Progress, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, admitted to supplying intact body parts by using partial-birth abortions.

Nucatola is a trainer to abortion doctors at PPFA and performs abortions up to 24 weeks. Since 2009, she has overseen medical practice at all Planned Parenthood locations.

Eric Ferrero, vice president of communication for PPFA, said in a statement that the allegations made in the video were untrue. He said patients sometimes decide to donate to research, and health centers help them do that under "the highest ethical and legal standards."

“A well-funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned Parenthood’s mission and services has promoted a heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape that falsely portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research,” he said.

In the video, shot in July 2014, actors claimed to pose as buyers from a human biologics company and secretly recorded Nucatola during a business lunch in California.

“I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps,” Nucatola said in the video. “The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium - the head - is basically the biggest part.”

She went on to say, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not going to crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below. I’m going to crush above, and I’m going to see if I can get it all intact.”

The video claimed Planned Parenthood affiliates handle the sale of baby parts so they can "take the fall" if they are caught, instead of the entire organization. It then shows Nucatola speaking about liability of the organization, saying "it's too touchy an issue for us to be an official middleman." She is not shown talking about the sale of anything. 

Another clip shows Nucatola talking about a $30 to $100 cost per specimen, "depending on the facility and what's involved."

Ferrero said in the statement that "in some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field." 

Center for Medical Progress describes itself as a group of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances. David Daleiden led the undercover project and urged elected officials to get involved.

“Planned Parenthood’s criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization,” Daleiden said in a statement. “Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business.”

Three Congressional committees have pledged to investigate. The House Energy and commerce committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee will look into the issue, according to the Associated Press.  

So far, the White House has not commented. 

After the video surfaced, several GOP presidential candidates condemned PPFA.

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced that he is directing an investigation of PPFA activities in Louisiana.

In a tweet, Jeb Bush called the video “shocking, a horrific reminder that we must do more.”

In a written statement, House Speaker John  Boehner said "When an organization monetizes an unborn child - and with the cavalier attitude portrayed in this horrific video - we must all act." 

The video had more than 1 million views by Wednesday.

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