My brother’s Gal Pal recently celebrated a milestone birthday. As she’s a lady, we won’t discuss which milestone it was. “Roro” as her long-time family and friends call her is a “kid magnet.” Children just love her.
Knowing that there would likely be a tribe of big and small children, I urged my best pal not to accompany me; indeed, my mother insisted that he not come and knowing my friend, I assured her he wouldn’t want to come as he takes little, if any delight, in the chatter of little tongues.
I envy “Roro”. Children automatically flock to her (just as they did my brother’s ex-wife, who had no taste for anything domestic; still, the kids adored her). Me? Generally, kids wail and run off, or at the very least, examine me from head to toe, wondering what sort of creature I am.
I’m one who never had any children. Life just didn’t work out for me even though I generally like kids and am especially fond of infants. At the party, I asked “Roro” to introduce me to her newest little relation, all of three weeks old.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, described for an undercover representative from The Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, how an abortion is performed so as to preserve the fetal tissue wanted for medical research.
According to the St. Louis Dispatch:
“Abortion providers are allowed to sell tissue, but it’s a criminal offense under federal law to profit from the exchange. During the video, Nucatola says clinics charge between $30 and $100 [per] specimen to cover storage and transportation, an action permitted under federal law.”
Nucatola tells the operatives, posing as medical researchers, that St. Louis is a good place to purchase “specimens.”
DN: But I think every one of them is happy to know that there’s a possibility for them to do “this extra bit of good,” in what they do. And I think patients respond most to knowing the types of outcomes that it might contribute to — so for example Alzheimer’s research, Parkinson’s research. I think most of these patients have some experience with at least one of these conditions or another. I think the ones that come in asking are the ones who have already had the experience, that’s why they come in asking .…
I think that a lot of people feel strongly that the conversation shouldn’t be had until after they’ve made their decision to terminate, they know how far along they are, and they know what’s going to happen, and when all that is said and done, and they’ve had time for all of that to sink in, then it’s time to basically say, this is how we normally handle the tissue, but if you would be interested here’s another opportunity to contribute to research, contribute to science, donate your tissue. Most patients are very motivated. I haven’t really seen very many patients that say no. I was in the O.R. yesterday and we had, I’d say, 18 patients, probably half of them were either got digoxin or were under 18 and the rest of them all donated their tissue. So, I don’t think — I don’t think it’s a difficult conversation to have because the difficult stuff has already happened, they’re kind of prepped for this. If anything, this is almost a pleasant surprise in a way, you know you’ve been through the tough stuff, you’ve made this difficult decision. Now there is one more opportunity for you to think about. And, I think they appreciate it.
In an another part of the video, Nucatola talks about doctors performing abortions in which ultrasound is used to ascertain the best location to grab the fetus with forceps.
“So then, you’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers, you try to intentionally go above and below the thorax because you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver because we know that, I’m not going to crush that part,” she assures them, as she sips her cabernet. “I’m gonna crush below, I’m gonna crush above…” in order to preserve the desired body part.
The Center for Medical Progress notes that Nucatola describes a method — using ultrasound to manipulate the fetus so it comes out feet first, or in breech presentation, instead of head first, or vertex presentation — that “is the hallmark of the illegal partial-birth abortion procedure.”
Partial birth abortions are illegal, according to U.S. law, which defines them as procedures “in which the person performing the abortion deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially-delivered living fetus.”
On the video, Nucatola describes the best strategy to extract calavarium, or skulls, intact, but it is not clear if she is speaking in general terms or if she is describing Planned Parenthood’s methods. And then, she says nothing about whether the fetus is still alive when it’s delivered.
“And with the calvarium [the skullcap], in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex, because when it’s vertex presentation, you never have enough dilation at the beginning of the case, unless you have real, huge amount of dilation to deliver an intact calvarium. So if you do it starting from the breech presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last, you can evacuate an intact calvarium at the end.”
Looking at sweet little Bella, and any number of newly-born infants, it’s hard to imagine just what sort of hard-hearted monster could do such a thing. Dr. Nucatola speaks as matter-of-factly as she sips at her wine as if she was dissecting a fish of crushing the fetus here and crushing the fetus there.
The fetus must be pretty well-developed to be of interest to medical researchers. If a mother-to-be were so anxious to be rid of her burden, why would she wait beyond the fifth month of pregnancy to have the procedure performed unless there was something in it for her?
Is the fee for performing the abortion waived if the mother consents to allowing “her” fetal tissue to be used for medical research? ‘Just think of all the good you can do by donating the tissue,’ Planned Parenthood assures the guilt-ridden mothers. ‘Just think of all the diseases that can be cured through the medical research that can be done on this tissue.’
In the Eighteenth Century, grave robbers, or body snatchers, used to dig up newly-buried corpses; not just for whatever jewelry and clothing they wore, but for the worth of their bodies to medical researchers of the day. The horrific practice was finally outlawed. People can legally will that their bodies be donated to research. But not dug up out of the grave at random.
More Americans are opposed to the despicable practice of abortion than the Media generally acknowledges. Why else would the issue have been argued before the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade (1973) rather than be legalized through state legislatures?
The horror really isn’t over selling fetal tissue or the money exchanged over it, although that’s bad enough.
In the old sci-fi space series, Lost in Space, evil Dr. Smith (Jonathan Harris) was always warping The Robot’s programming to perform evil deeds against the Robinson Family and their pilot, Maj. West.
“Crush! Kill! Destroy” the Robot would yell maniacally, flashing red lights and waving its robotic arms in the air as he grasped for his victim with his clinchers.
Now evil doctors state it insouciantly over red wine and pasta. Crush, kill, destroy. Whatever.
A question the Center for Medical Progress representatives might have asked Dr. Nucatola:
“Was your heart removed at birth, as well?”