Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Warning: graphic content and conversation here. No, this isn’t about Donald Trump’s latest insults, but rather a more serious subject that he doesn’t consider “one of his issues.” I’m talking about the sanctity of human life. More specifically, the undercover videos that caught Planned Parenthood officials discussing abortion extraction methods best suited to preserving in-demand fetal organs for research.

Any time you are in a conversation that starts out “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver …”  you should be looking for the nearest exit. But when it continues “so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” it’s time to call the authorities.  

Such were the words of Planned Parenthood Federation’s Senior Medical Director Deborah Nucatola caught on undercover video explaining how to best keep intact unborn baby body parts for medical research. Nucatola priced specific parts but perhaps more troubling may have been the ease which Nucatola discussed the morbid details while sipping wine and enjoying her meal. 

Buying and selling human body parts is illegal under federal law, but instead of the U.S. Department of Justice investigating the nation’s largest abortion provider, they plan to investigate the Center for Medical Progress, which produced the videos. Such are the consequences for exposing the aftermath left in the wake of the sacred idols of “choice” and “reproductive freedom.” 

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards downplayed the video and apologized for Nucatola’s “tone and statements” but didn’t condemn the grisly reality describing how a very small and vulnerable human life is ended, for the sake of, what exactly?

Planned Parenthood Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) is now under investigation by Indiana’s attorney general.  PPINK President Betty Cockrum issued a statement denying participation in “any tissue donation program. And of course, we hold compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations as an imperative,” Cockrum said. “Tissue donation is a standard practice in the medical community in the interest of research to advance the practice of medicine.” 

Few are nodding in agreement “Oh, tissue donation. Thank goodness that’s all it is.” To be clear, we’re talking about human beings and their dismemberment in the womb. Juxtapose this with an earlier announcement this week about a $100 million venture to search for extraterrestrial life in the universe and one wonders if our race is worthy of discovering life elsewhere when we turn a blind eye to the fate and reality of life in the smaller universe of the human womb.

Senator Rand Paul introduced an amendment that would end federal funding which would cut nearly half of Planned Parenthood’s $1.2 billion budget. “The continued disregard and disrespect for human life at Planned Parenthood, a partially taxpayer-funded organization, is shocking and appalling,” Paul said. “Not one more taxpayer dollar should go to Planned Parenthood and I intend to make that goal a reality.” Half of the U.S. Senate is now on board with the idea and in the House, 80 Congressmen signed on to the Defund Planned Parenthood Act which imposes a one year funding moratorium. 

Yet many in the media, including the New York Times, are ignoring the story. The New York Times editorial board called it “The Campaign of Deception Against Planned Parenthood.”

However disturbing, this story cannot be ignored. Nor can the connection between public funding of the abortion giant, their campaign contributions and federal grants for fetal tissue research. 

Last year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provided $76 million in grants for research projects using “tissue” from very small human beings. Planned Parenthood’s PAC also donated over $700,000 to candidates and political parties. Most went to Congressional candidates ($574,701) and most to Democrats ($571,878).

This unholy trinity of blood, money and sanitized language perpetuates a banality incompatible with any people who identify as civilized. If the government can remove symbols linked to racism, then certainly it can find the willpower to sever public funding for organizations profiting from unspeakable activity.