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Bioethicist: Babies likely born alive at Planned Parenthood so their brains can be harvested

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Dr. Dennis Sullivan, director of the Center for Bioethics at Cedarville University, has shared his observations regarding the most recent undercover Planned Parenthood video, calling out the “callousness and indifference” of the abortionists, and declaring that he’s faced with the “unavoidable conclusion” that some fetuses might be “born alive.”

The 11th video, released this week by the Center for Medical Progress, seems to indicate that Dr. Amna Dermish is actually admitting to performing an illegal abortion procedure. Dermish claims she was trained by Senior Director of Medical Services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who was caught on tape describing how she “crushes” babies in various spots to enable the harvesting of intact organs.

In the video, Dermish describes how she will sometimes turn a baby breech – to be delivered feet-first – during an abortion.
“I can if I need to. […] I don’t usually do it in the 16 to 18 weeks,” she explained. “With a further gestation I will sometimes do that if it’s a cephalic presentation [head-first], just because it’s easier to get.”

Sullivan explained that this technique Dermish is discussing is a standard part of the illegal procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion.

“This allows delivery of the still-alive fetus without much dilation of the woman’s cervix,” he explained. “Typically, then, in a [partial-birth] abortion, scissors are inserted into the back of the skull and suction used to evacuate the brain, thus collapsing the skull, and making it easy to deliver the head without further dilation.”

Sullivan goes on to explain that the video may expose a much more gruesome reality: babies being delivered alive, then killed in order to harvest organs. He believes the dialogue shows that abortionists  want to provide researchers with intact brains. To do this, he said, they would not be able to use the scissors and suction techniques of partial-birth abortion, as it would destroy the brain tissue they are looking to procure.

“So how do they insure that the fetus dies before delivery? In the video, Dr. Dermish clearly states that she does not use digitalis to stop the heart unless the fetus is 20 weeks or older,” Sullivan said. “So I’m left with the unavoidable conclusion that some of these fetuses are born alive, then killed after birth. If true, this is a clear violation of federal law.”

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