Is Fetal Tissue Being Sold Without Consent by ‘Planned Parenthood’ Organization?
An anti-abortion group has published a video of a doctor from Planned Parenthood speaking about taking aborted fetus tissue and accused the organization of selling those organs for profit, illegally.
The women’s health organization dismissed these claims and said that women often willingly donate tissue of their unborn babies for medical research purposes, and it usually happens after an abortion.
According to the allegations, Planned Parenthood is not just selling those organs, but also altering abortion procedures so they could harvest and preserve the organs, but at the same time putting patients at risk.
Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferrero states that this group does harvest fetal organs, but with the full consent of patients and with regard to ethical and legal standards, and that reimbursements don’t go further than covering the expenses of the procedure and transportation. Ferrero also claims that the women who decide to donate tissue of their unborn fetus are doing so in order to contribute to research that could save lives, so these accusations are out of place.
The video was posted online by The Center for Medical Progress, a group of journalists from California whose goal is to report on medical ethics.
This group is convinced that Planned Parenthood and its doctors on high positions are unethical and are doing whatever it takes to harvest baby parts and make money out of it, as the team leader from The Center for Medical Progress said. An evidence of these claims can be found in the posted video which Planned Parenthood says has been tempered with and that it only shows 9 minutes out of a total of 2 hours and 40 minutes.
In the video, the senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, Dr. Debora Nucatola is talking about the procedure of harvesting fetal tissue and the prices it can be sold for. Selling of these tissues is, besides being unethical, illegal. However, Planned Parenthood claims that the money talked about is connected to patient reimbursement and not the sale of organs.
This video enraged the GOP lawmakers in Washington whose spokesman said “When anyone diminishes an unborn child, we are all hurt, irreversibly so. When an organization monetizes an unborn child — and with the cavalier attitude portrayed in this horrific video — we must all act.”
The proper authorities called Planned Parenthood in for a hearing to investigate their abortion practices.
For the making of this video, two actors were having a business lunch with Dr. Nucatola and filming it without her knowledge. When asked questions about the price of organs, Nucatola responds that the price range goes between $30 and $100, depending on where the procedure is conducted and if an entire organ or only parts of it are included.
Nucatola doesn’t openly say that this is the price of buying the tissue, but it was enough for many people, including Art Caplan, a bioethicist of New York University to think that Planned Parenthood is making a profit from harvesting fetal organs.
However, Caplan has made this assumption based on the short version of the video, but in the long version Nucatola explains that the costs are related to the procedure and transportation.
Planned Parenthood sticks to the original story and strongly claims that the organization is making no profit from the organs. If the accusations turned out to be valid, they would be prosecuted, as selling any kinds of body parts, including fetal, is illegal.
Whether they are making a profit or not, it still seems that Planned Parenthood is not offering the safest abortion for their patients, but using procedures that are primarily meant for the successful extraction of fetal organs while not putting the primary focus on the mother and her health.