August 30, 2015
Planned Parenthood in Big Trouble
By Mike McManus
Dr. Mary Gatter is President of the Medical Directors Council of Planned
Parenthood – the top physician. She met with a person who pretended to be
interested in buying fetal organs of aborted babies. Gatter said she’d have to
check with other PP Centers to learn how much they are getting paid. “If it is
still low then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini,” she said laughing.
“What did you say?” asked the buyer, laughing.
“I said I want a Lamborghini,” she repeated with a laugh.
But the “buyer” was actually an undercover investigator posing as an official
with a biotech company that acts as a middleman to sell aborted baby body parts
to universities and other researchers. Actually, the “buyer” is an employee of
the Center for Medical Progress, who used a hidden camera to secretly tape the
conversation to reveal a new side of Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills that
killed 327,653 babies in 2013 – the sale of baby livers, kidneys, brains and
other organs. The payments were to range from $50 to $100 per part.
“To hear these senior Planned Parenthood doctors and executives coldly pricing
baby body parts - liver, heart, lungs, kidneys, brains and limbs – with such
casual disregard for the unborn children killed to obtain those parts is
reprehensible,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life,
America’s largest pro-life group.
“The ease with which they talk about the unborn child being used for their own
gains is disturbing and should cause even the most hardened abortion activist to
face the grisly reality of abortion. It’s time to put a stop to this brutality
and enact laws that will protect unborn children,” Tobias added.
What laws? Pro-life groups are urging Congress to pass the “Pain-Capable Unborn
Child Protection Act.” It would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation
since there is evidence that babies can feel pain at that stage. The bill passed
the House in May, but not the Senate. The law would “at least begin to limit the
ability of the abortion industry to deliver intact, well-developed baby body
parts to order,” Tobias charged.
Twelve states have enacted Pain-Capable laws. The Senate should do so.
Few Americans realize that 17 European countries, such as France, Germany and
Denmark – do not permit an abortion after 12 weeks! Only a handful of countries
such as China, North Korea, Canada and the U.S. permit them up to 24 weeks.
So far, the Center for Medical Progress has released three taped conversations
with Planned Parenthood physicians, and nine more will surface in upcoming
weeks. The first tape made public two weeks ago featured a Planned Parenthood
doctor eating a salad and drinking wine while she discussed selling fetal
Sen. Rand Paul, a Presidential candidate, attended a rally against Planned
Parenthood this week where he charged, “This callous disregard expressed over
wine and cheese should inflame and infuriate us all. And we should stop once and
for all any penny of money going to Planned Parenthood.”
CBS News aired a soundbite from Hillary Clinton: “And I think it is unfortunate
that Planned Parenthood has been the object of such a concerted attack for so
ABC News broadcast this comment by Cecile Richards, the organization’s
President: “Planned Parenthood does not at all profit from fetal tissue
donation, which is an important element of health care research in this
Planned Parenthood hardly seems in need of additional revenue. It received $202
million of taxpayer funding in 2000 for 197,070 abortions – but $528 million in
2013 for 327,653 abortions. Its government revenue nearly tripled while the
number of abortions rose only about a third.
Of course, Planned Parenthood says it does not use federal funding for
abortions, but to provide women with other health services. What health
services? It provides no mammograms, for example. In 2013 it made 1,830 adoption
referrals, a paltry number compared to its abortions. And those adoption
referrals are down from 2,486 in 2000.
According to its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood is wealthy beyond
belief. It has more than $1 billion in net assets. In 2014 its revenue exceeded
its expenses by $90 million.
It does not deserve any public funding – certainly not a half billion taxpayer
dollars annually. Let private donors give if they wish.
The Senate has fast-tracked a vote next week to end federal funding.
If it does so, that would be great progress.
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