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.