Yesterday, Operation Rescue President Troy Newman promised a new video would provide evidence that Planned Parenthood is selling body parts for profit. Today, the Centers for Medical Progress (CMP) delivered. On a new video posted to YouTube at 8:00 a.m. Eastern, Mary Gatter, a senior Planned Parenthood official, negotiates the price she’ll accept in exchange for fetal body parts with actors posing as buyers.
When asked what she would expect for an “intact tissue,” Gatter responds, “Why don’t you start by telling me what you’re used to paying?” When the actors object and say they want to know what would make Gatter happy, she responds, “You know in negotiations, the person who offers the figure first is at a loss, right? . . . I just don’t want a lowball.” Gatter then suggests $75 a specimen. But, when the actors offer $100 instead, Gatter responds, “Okay.”
Whether or not Planned Parenthood profits from its practice of harvesting fetal body parts and delivering them to medical labs is the focus of Congressional and state investigations prompted by last week’s viral CMP video. Selling body parts is illegal; merely donating them is not. At one point in the second video, Gatter says, “We’re not in it for the money . . . We don’t want to be in the position of being accused of selling tissue and stuff like that.” Yet, clearly, Gatter is willing to adjust what she’ll take for each specimen. And, at the end of the video, Gatter jokes, “I want a Lamborghini.”
Also eyebrow-raising in the second video is Gatter’s obvious willingness to adjust the method used in the abortion to limit the destruction of body parts. Gatter mentions that most 10- to 12-week abortions are done by suction, but says doctors can switch to another method, which would decrease the suction and increase the odds of retrieving in tact specimens. Yet, she admits doing so would violate the promise Planned Parenthood gives to patients that it will “not change anything in the way we’re managing you just because you agree to give tissue.” After considering the matter, though, Gatter says both procedures “are totally appropriate techniques. There’s no difference in the pain involved. I don’t think the patients would care one iota. So ya, I’m not making a fuss about that.”
The first Planned Parenthood video went viral and received nearly 2.5 million views, despite the mainstream media’s reluctance to report the story. Pro-life activists attribute their success to like-minded Americans sharing the story on social media and hope the second video will capitalize on that momentum.