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Dehumanizing, not ‘disappointing’

Cathi Herrod

Cathi Herrod

What has a heart, lungs, liver, kidney, thymus, but not basic human rights?

According to Planned Parenthood, preborn children.

Like millions of Americans, I was horrified to see a top Planned Parenthood official callously discussing the strategic dismemberment of preborn children for the possible sale of their organs.

Over salads and wine, Dr. Deborah Nucatola explained to undercover investigators how Planned Parenthood manipulates abortions to preserve the insides of young lives. She said:

“So then you’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers, you try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

It didn’t take long for Planned Parenthood to go into a full panic and immediately attempt to discredit the video. This was ramped up after a second video release showing another top medical professional at Planned Parenthood discussing performing abortions in a “less crunchy” method, and proclaiming that she “wants a Lamborghini” while haggling over the prices of infants’ organs.

Our state and nation’s largest abortion provider showed how completely disconnected from reality they are when all they could muster was an apology for the “tone” of the video.

On “Sunday Square Off,” Planned Parenthood Arizona President Bryan Howard said Dr. Nucatola’s words were “certainly disappointing.”

No Bryan. Her words weren’t disappointing. They were dehumanizing and awful.

They were also revealing.

They reveal a truth to our society about the nature of Planned Parenthood. An organization that claims to care for women, yet is apparently willing to compromise the health and safety of their clientele in order to harvest organs with less “crunch.”

They reveal that behind the pink rally shirts and hashtag activism, there is an organization that has as much regard for the lives of women and children as they do for ethics and the law. This is why I am so grateful to Governor Doug Ducey and Attorney General Brnovich for looking into the dangerous and deadly practices of Planned Parenthood.

If Bryan truly believes all his organization has to apologize for in these videos is the “tone,” then he should open up his records to investigators and prove Planned Parenthood has done nothing illegal.

Lastly, Bryan’s words reveal why the pro-life movement is not going anywhere. Every legislative session we hear the columnists and talking heads decry pro-life legislation. They’ll call it a distraction and say it only brings the state more litigation.

Yet as long as children are having their bodies crushed, and their lungs extracted for medical research, we will continue to fight for them.

Because we care for every life. No matter what.

Cathi Herrod is president of the Center for Arizona Policy.


  1. Donna Gratehouse

    Shame on you, Capitol Times, for giving Cathi Herrod space to spread harmful lies about women and their health care providers. No fetal tissue is sold for profit at Planned Parenthood and many, if not most, of the later term abortions Nucotola described in the video were done because of pregnancy complications. We should be applauding the women who donate this tissue so that important research can be done on the cause of birth defects, among other things, not insinuating that they and their doctors are heartless monsters, as Herrod does.

    Cathi Herrod is entitled to her own opinion about abortion but she is not entitled to her own facts. And it is more than a little disingenuous and downright cynical of her to act as if she is so very deeply concerned about the health and safety of women when the stated goal of her organization is to criminalize all abortion.

  2. Joanna Galuszka

    No, Donna; shame on YOU for ignoring the barbarism uncovered in the Planned Parenthood video. It’s not OK to crush and dismember unborn babies to death, whether it’s for profit or some noble research purpose.

    Selling those parts (I don’t think they did) would be unethical, but dismembering unborn babies is beyond unethical.

    If we euthanized cats and dogs the way we abort fetuses, there would be pitchforks and torches in the streets.

  3. Donna Gratehouse

    Okay Joanna, you be sure never to use any medication developed by fetal tissue research, which is a long list of them. I, for one, am grateful to women in a difficult situation (most abortions done in the way described in the videos are done on pregnancies gone grievously wrong) generously thinking of helping other people by donating the tissue.

  4. Donna, it is people like you who are willfully blind to the carnage and holocaust like slaughter going on against our unborn people who keep these monstrous murders in business, and that, you will answer for to God one day, count on it. And, they ARE selling baby parts, it cannot be denied after the third video today. For all you consciences soulless people, and for planned murderhood inc, the jig is up, you are going down.

  5. What are pregnancy complications? Is that “code” for Down Syndrome and other disorders that some think merit abortions? The jury may still be out on who’s telling lies and being disingenuous, but I’m pretty sure it’s not Cathi Herrod.

  6. Recently, there have been so many shocking stories and news in the media. However, when horrific videos were aired on the nightly news, I was appalled , disgusted and so saddened at what our country is coming to when sacred, innocent babies are murdered in these methods. I will never get used to hearing news about children dying even before they are born. Please, legislators, DO SOMETHING in the name of decency and humanity! May God have mercy on this country.

  7. Elisa, well said!

  8. Donna Gratehouse

    I don’t know if it’s unintentional that my response to Joanna’s comment is still in moderation or if it’s deliberate, in which case the double standard of allowing anti-abortion people to say whatever they want, no matter how ghoulish and offensive to women (ie calling us murderers), while policing the comments of pro-choice people would definitely be in play. If what I said is not acceptable then why are the things that Joanna and Elisa said okay?

  9. My comment is still in moderation mode and I am totally Pro Life, so get off your “pity me I am a poor little victim” soapbox and deal with it like an adult.

  10. I get it…pro-choice means THE MOTHER gets to choose whether her unborn child lives or dies. It’s probably the only “right” to end a life that has been granted without a crime being committed by the one marked to die. Consider the points of view – 1) a mother who looks forward to the birth of a child – the developing new life is referred to as a baby, is cherished, and pre-natal care is given, or 2) a mother who DOESN’T WANT a child – the developing new life is referred to as a fetus whose assets are “tissue” DONATIONS for scientific research.

    Granted, we are entitled to our personal opinions, especially in this day of TOLERANCE; however, where does one draw the line on morals, ethics, and respect for the right to live? What is the benchmark for one’s standards/beliefs?

    Personally, I hold to the benchmarks outlined in the Holy Scriptures. They are unmovable and are not dependent on the current desires/practices of each generation. May God have mercy on this country!

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