An in-depth undercover video released Tuesday shows a Planned Parenthood abortionist discussing how the billion dollar organization harvests and sells the intact body parts of aborted babies to fetal tissue wholesalers.
The video, first unveiled at the Center for Medical Progress website, is part of a three-year investigation into what the Center for Medical Progress is calling "illegal" practices by Planned Parenthood. Once received by fetal tissue wholesalers, the body parts are shipped to universities, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies.
Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services who performs abortions up to 24 week gestation in Los Angeles, is captured in the video from July 25, 2014, saying the clinics perform partial birth abortions to secure fetal body parts.
"We've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver … I'm not gonna crush that part," says Nucatola. "I'm going to basically crush below, "I'm not gonna crush above, and I am gonna see if I can get it all intact."
She adds that "specimen" parts generally draw between $30 to $100 on the market. And suggests that the abortion procedure can be tailored to secure specific body parts.
"At the national office, we have a litigation and law department which just really doesn't want us to be the middle people for this issue right now, she declares. "But I will tell you that behind closed doors these conversations are happing with the affiliates."
Upon seeing the video, Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said, "I was speechless for close to an hour."
Moore admitted in his op-ed posted to Facebook that he initially thought the video was a hoax until he confirmed its accuracy with pro-life leaders.
"If this does not shock the conscience, what will?" asked Moore. "It is not only that infants, in their mother's wombs, are deprived of their lives, but also that their corpses are desecrated for profit. This is not only murderous; it is murderous in the most ghoulish way."
Fr. Frank Pravone of Priests for Life said the practice is not just a moral outrage but "breaks several laws on the state and federal level." He called the abortion industry "corrupt to its core."