The 10th undercover video about Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling fetal tissue.
This one is called Human Capital: Episode 4 Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Criminal Enterprise.
What to watch for.
- Right off the bat you see several PP staff saying they think it’s OK to sell tissue, and make a fair income.
- 2:10- Dr. Westhoff, Senior Medical Advisor for PPFA, says they are concerned about Public Relations issues with this practice.
- 2:25- Dr Cullins, VP for External Medical Affairs, says this sort of thing could destroy PPFA and the “buyer’s company, if the ydon’t “time these conversations correctly.”
- 2:45- Deb VanDerhei, Senior Director of CAPS. 1st question, what kinds of tissues are you looking for. 2nd question, let’s talk money. Notice how she asks the question. In all of these videos, there is this negotiation that happens between clinics and these companies. But if the money changing hands is simply to cover the costs of preserving and shipping the tissues, why not just say, you have to cover these costs. Why this negotiation?
- 4:05- “The headlines would be a disaster.” Followed by obvious concern for what happens when clinics engage in getting paid for the tissue. “New York Times Headline”
- 5:00- Dr. Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services, says there are no guidelines and there will never be guidelines for tissue procurement. Why not? If this is such a big issue, if clinics who break the law scare you, make your company afraid of big headlines, why not set down guidelines and protect everyone?
- 6:43- VanDerhei again. She says that independent clinics generate a fair amount of income doing this. She goes on to say that they are not comfortable talking about this through email.
- Multiple times Nuctols and VanDehei say that they don’t have policies, this could be big news stories, and generally don’t want to get involved on a national level, while also saying that it seems fair to gain income, and they do talk with their local clinics about how to handle this stuff. But they have made the choice to have no national policies.
- Around 9:00- Vanessa Russo, Compliance Program Admin for PP Keystone, is talking to Vanderlei. It’s obvious she thinks these laws are “ridiculous”. And that people giving money for tissue is a “valid exchange.”
- 9:55- VanDerhei talks about a hearing in Congress years ago on this subject, where the claims about changing abortion procedures for tissue sale were found to be false. Then we see Nucatola herself talking about changing abortion procedures to end up with better tissue samples for sale.
If what they are doing isn’t illegal, why not have a national policy on how to handle it? Why are they afraid of headlines?
If PPFA clinics and doctors never change their abortion procedures to aid in collecting tissue samples for “remuneration” why do some many talk about doing exactly that?