Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Your Tax Dollars Fund Organization That Knowingly Breaks Federal Law

The fifth undercover video by The Center for Medical Progress on Planned Parenthood’s deceptive practice of selling baby parts was released today.  

This video shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch’s track record of fetal tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact fetuses.

First, think about what it takes to retrieve an 'intact fetus.' 
The following show standard abortion procedures, only the induction abortion would result in an 'intact fetus.'

The procedures involved in ensuring an 'intact fetus' are much more complicated and there is a chance the baby will be born alive.  The risk to the baby in any abortion is dire, the intent is that the baby dies, so it’s rare that a baby survives the procedure, but it is possible.  

To retrieve an 'intact fetus,' the baby must be killed in utero and then labor induced and the baby delivered.  There have been cases where the baby is born alive and, considering that over a thousand babies are born alive, that we know of, and the number of abortions Planned Parenthood does it is consistent that there would be some, if not many, born alive at Planned Parenthood.  As of this moment I don’t know for sure what happens in these cases at Planned Parenthood, it's likely future videos will address this.  If the baby is born alive it is no longer considered an abortion but a birth and killing the baby at this point would be considered a homicide.

Now back to the undercover video.  In the video, Melissa Farrell confirms that Planned Parenthood has broken several federal laws. The two most blatantly violated federal laws are that of illegal profiting from selling baby parts and illegally manipulating abortion procedures.

In the video Farrel says: 

We bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this, so we deviate from our standard in order to do that.”

 “Some of our doctors in the past have projects and they’re collecting the specimens, so they do it in a way that they get the best specimens, so I know it can happen.”
She admits they deviate from the standard to collect baby parts. Federal law, 42 U.S.C. 289g-1(2)(A)(ii): no alteration of the timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy was made solely for the purposes of obtaining the tissue; 

The investigators ask Farrell how she will frame a contract in which they pay a higher price for higher quality fetal body parts, and she replies, 
“We can work it out in the context of--obviously, the procedure itself is more complicated,” suggesting that “without having you cover the procedural cost” and paying for the abortion, the higher specimen price could be framed as “additional time, cost, administrative burden.”
Farrell finally summarizes her affiliate’s approach to fetal tissue payments: 
“If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. It’s all just a matter of line items.”
They take the intact baby and divide it up to make the most profit. “It’s all just a matter of line items.”  The baby and his/her parts have now become “line items.”

“I think everyone realizes, especially because my department contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here, you know we’re one of the largest affiliates, our Research Department is the largest in the United States. Larger than any the other affiliates’ combined.”
Take that in for a minute.  Her department, the research department, the department that procures and sells baby parts “contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization.”  This means they are making a profit on the selling of baby parts:

In a Texas Senate hearing on July 29, former Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast clinic director Abby Johnson estimated that the affiliate had previously made up to $120,000 per month off of aborted fetal tissue.

Not only should Planned Parenthood be defunded, they should be investigated and prosecuted.

The defense for continued funding of Planned Parenthood is that it the tax money goes to other programs that Planned Parenthood provides and not to abortion First off, it’s common sense that funding one portion of a company helps the company as a whole and therefore helps the individual parts.  If Planned Parenthood has a budget of $100 and abortions cost them $50 and other services cost $50, making their total costs $50 and the government gives them the $50 for other services, the total they need to raise is reduced by 50%. (I’m not saying the government reduces their costs by 50%, this is just an example). The abortion department is helped by the government funding because they can reduce costs across the board.

The second ‘reason’ for continued funding of Planned Parenthood, that if Planned Parenthood closes many women will go without care, is pure fear mongering, playing on people’s emotions to continue funding this leading abortion provider.  Let’s look at this rationally, not emotionally.

If Planned Parenthood were to close, and nobody believes that they would close just because they lose federal funding, what would happen?  People would find themselves without a provider.  When ObamaCare was enacted thousands lost their providers.  These same politicians who are so ‘distraught’ that women might lose their Planned Parenthood providers are the same ones who barely bat an eye when the thousands lost their providers assuming they will get new providers.  The same is true for customers of Planned Parenthood, they will get new providers, or, in some cases, they will be able to keep their same providers.  If Planned Parenthood shut their doors all their providers would set up shop somewhere else.  These providers aren’t going to all retire just because their place of business closes, they will be working in a new location.  If Planned Parenthood closes, other providers of women’s health care will prosper.  These other providers will be the recipients of the federal funding for women’s health care. 

“But Planned Parenthood provided for those without insurance.”  ObamaCare has taken care of that, hasn’t it? ObamaCare mandates that everyone has insurance and that insurance covers preventative health care to women “without charging you a copayment or coinsurance.”  Unless these politicians who so fervently supported ObamaCare, mostly the same ones who are supporting Planned Parenthood, believe it is not doing what it is mandated to do. 

The sob stories, the stories of women who received care at Planned Parenthood, who had nowhere else to turn are a false narrative.  Trying to show what will happen if Planned Parenthood closes by using an example of what happened in one place in 2011 to ‘prove’ their point.  Their ‘facts’ are outdated and irrelevant.  Yes, 2011 wasn’t that long ago, but it was before ObamaCare was enacted.  The problems incurred in the 2011 have been eliminated by ObamaCare. Also, I’m sure all the patients have since found new providers.  The stories are told to specifically to elicit emotions in people to convince people to see things their way.  They have no other recourse than to play on people’s emotions because their ‘reasoning’ doesn’t hold water. 

There is no logical reason for Planned Parenthood to receive federal funding.  It is a criminal organization that is breaking federal law.  Are you going to allow your tax dollars to continue to be used to fund an organization that sells baby parts and knowingly violates federal law?  Morality dictates you do not. 

All the videos released so far, the edited versions and the full, unedited versions, are found on The Center For Medical Progress' Website.