Analysis

Planned Parenthood: Profit. No matter what.

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With the release of a fifth video from the Center for Medical Progress, damage has certainly been done to Planned Parenthood. One consistent theme throughout is that they are profiting from the sale of fetal organs and tissues.

Testimony from former StemExpress technician Holly O’Donnell in the third video points to Planned Parenthood’s profit motive, as do the statements of every Planned Parenthood official seen thus far, including Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Dr. Mary Gatter, Dr. Savita Ginde, and Melissa Farrell.

Even the screenshots from a StemExpress flyer to abortion clinics, (seen in the third video) make it clear that profit for the abortion provider is used to market the idea of harvesting fetal body parts:

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Also in the third video, while the buyers are meeting with Dr. Katharine Sheehan, more screenshots appear, from StemExpress’s website:

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Included in the video is a 3D representation of a preborn baby, and how Planned Parenthood sees it as an $800 profit.

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O’Donnell details her work at StemExpress:

From whatever we could procure they would get a certain percentage. The main nurse was always trying to make sure that we got our specimens. No one else really cared, but the main nurse did cuz she knew that Planned Parenthood was getting compensated, so she wanted to make sure that everything was going great for us, was going great for them…

About a nurse talking to an “anti-abortion” girl who worked there with O’Donnell:

But she was–she was pretty adamant about it. She was trying to tell the staff, like you need to listen to the–to the techs, like you know, Planned Parenthood needs compensation.

In explaining the pricing, O’Donnell says that even procurement employees are encouraged with bonus incentives:

The harder and the more valuable the tissue, the more money you get. So you’re–if you can somehow procure a brain, or a heart, you’re gonna get more money than just like chorionic villi or like umbilical cord. That’s basically what it is. So that’s–I guess that’s an “incentive” to try and get the hard stuff, so they get more money.

The video concludes with Dr. Savita Ginda of Planned Parenthood meeting with a potential “buyer” and discussing price for parts. Ginde says that she thinks  “a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

The fourth video released involves Dr. Ginde meeting with the actors posing as fetal tissue buyers. They have a lengthy conversation about “compensation.” From the sound of it, they’re crafting the business deal to make it sound more legitimate to the public by “talk[ing] about it correctly”:

Buyer: We all know that yes, that’s what we’re doing.

Ginde: So processing and time, and yeah.

Buyer: Exactly. So yes, I am paying you, but how we’re talking about it out there in the ‘public square.’

Ginde: Are the other Planned Parenthoods doing this just through research, or are they just doing it as a stand-alone contract?

Buyer: Right.

Ginde: Because, even though we’re doing it through research, if it comes up as someone else is just doing it as a business sort of venture,

Buyer: Mhmm.

Ginde: It puts a different spin on it.

Buyer: Mhmm…

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Buyer: So I feel like she has said before, that they decided at National, that research was overkill for tissue procurement. Because it’s not really research, it’s just collecting–

Ginde: Well I know putting it under the research gives us a little bit of a, a little sort of overhang over the whole thing.

Buyer: It makes it look better.

Ginde: Yeah. And in the public I think it makes a lot more sense for it to be in the research vein than, I’d say, business venture.

Buyer: Right. It’s how we talk about it.

Ginde: Yeah!

Ginde is also “confident” about their lawyer and mentions:

He’s got it figured out. That he knows that even if–because we talked to him in the beginning, you know, we were like, “we don’t want to get called on,” you know, “selling fetal parts across states.”

Such statements suggest that this has been going on for some time, and that Planned Parenthood knew exactly what they were doing.

The fifth video also shows a pattern in Planned Parenthood’s willingness, again, to modify the abortion procedure. There is talk of profit as well:

Buyer: So that our compensation that’s higher to you for our specific specimen intact could be built into that.

Farrell: Mhm. Yeah. And that’s something that, getting more information about it, you know as intact as you need, how we’re going to do that, then from there, getting–

Buyer: If that provider is needing to change the technique a little bit and I know I’m going against my side of this, but I’m okay with it, no I want you to be paid per specimen.

Farrell: Mhm. Mhm.

Yeah, and so if we alter our process,

Buyer: Mhm.

Farrell: And we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. I mean that’s–it’s all just a matter of line items.

The idea of finances is also discussed in the video during a meal:

Buyer: You can see the benefit this financially.

Farrell: Mhmm.

Buyer: Just having that background, and seeing how there is a–it’s gold out there. There is a–

Farrell: Yeah!

Buyer: And, it could be beneficial. So I’m glad that you have that background, so that you see the financial benefits of–

Farrell: Yeah.

Buyer: But the financial gain, and being, to your staff, just knowing this is the end we’re going for…

The transcript for the unedited version of the video shows even more of a profit-driven pattern:

Buyer: No, and what I’ve found is, what’s been very positive for me, this little start-up, just the rewards that I have gotten from it personally, emotionally, that we can come in to an organization that is non-profit, like Planned Parenthood, and with partnering, we can make it very fiscally rewarding to you, for both of us.

Farrell: Mhm. Yeah. Yep.

Buyer: But I understand, I don’t ever want to insult you, and I want it to be fiscally rewarding to you, and no crazy.

Farrell: Mhm. Yeah. And we can definitely work on that…

Buyer: I want to underscore it again, double back if you need to financially, I want it to be profitable for you.

Farrell: Oh sure, right.

Buyer: And get a sense of what you need. And you know how to plan it so it all works out.

If one thing has been consistent from these videos it’s that Planned Parenthood cares about profit, first and foremost.

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