How Planned Parenthood Could Still Profit From Dead Babies

Cecile Richards
Planned Parenthood Federation president Cecile Richards testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Capitol Hill in Washington September 29, 2015. |

(Via Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards informed the National Institutes of Health that the abortion giant would no longer "accept reimbursement" for baby body parts harvested during and after abortions.

While she wrote that one basis of this decision was to "expose our opponents' false charges about this limited but important work," the very decision itself demonstrates that the charge is anything but false. An "ethical" organization does not need to change policy if it "adheres to the highest legal, medical, and ethical standards." What is there to change?

As Representative Diane Black said, in response to Richards' letter:

"It is curious that, while Planned Parenthood officials maintain there has been no wrongdoing, they still find it necessary to change their policy following the recent undercover videos. Clearly, this was a decision motivated by optics rather than the organization's conscience. If Planned Parenthood truly wanted to confront its growing scandal, it would stop aborting more than 327,000 innocent lives each year and fully commit to true women's health care…In light of this news, I suppose Doctor Mary Gatter will have to find another way to get her Lamborghini, but rest assured – this development does not change my conviction that Planned Parenthood should not be subsidized by American taxpayers."

But beyond the fact that this policy change is a pretty blatant admission of guilt, there are still ways Planned Parenthood could — and likely will — continue to profit off of baby part sales.

Kristi Burton Brown
Kristi Burton Brown is a pro-life attorney, volunteering for Life Legal Defense Foundation and also as an allied attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom.

"In-Kind 'Reimbursements'"

As I wrote previously about Planned Parenthood's Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola:

While Planned Parenthood deceptively claims it makes no profit, Nucatola is full of ideas and plans … to help the buyer make a good business based on helping abortion clinics profit from "excess" fetal tissue.

Getting rid of aborted babies and their parts is a problem for Planned Parenthood. Simply throwing them in the trash is illegal. Therefore, companies that actually want those dead babies can solve a potentially costly problem for Planned Parenthood.

At one point in the video, she [Nucatola] suggests payment in services in addition to monetary "reimbursement" for the tissue — a clear violation against the law that prohibits purchasing body parts.

"Say, 'I'll give it to you for the same price, AND I'll do that'. … [T]hat would be a huge sell, a huge, huge sell."

Even with the monetary "reimbursement" supposedly out of the way, Nucatola's strategy may just be one Planned Parenthood will follow. She describes in the video that the abortion clinics have a hard time finding a company to dispose of all the "tissue." Her idea? Get the company who wants certain baby body parts to take all the tissue — for far less than this gruesome 'service' is worth.

In-kind profit is still a profit.

Payment for the Change in Abortion

10th Center for Medical Progress Planned Parenthood Video

This rather disgusting idea was proposed by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast's Director of Research, Melissa Farrell. Originally, her idea was to have the baby body parts companies pay for the unethical change in abortion procedure by paying for the body parts themselves. But since her goal is to have the extra time and complexity monetarily covered, it's easy to see that Planned Parenthood could find a way to accomplish this.

PP: Yeah, we can work it out in the context of — obviously, the procedure is more complicated. So that anything that we integrate into that procedure, without having you cover the procedural cost, is going to be higher. So anything of a higher gestational age, there's more opportunity for complication, there's more administrative time involved,

PP: Sometimes the procedures are longer. So then, anything that we piggy-back onto that for collection purposes, obviously, would have to, that additional time, cost, administrative burden.

Buyer: Right. So our compensation to you … could be built into that.

PP: Yeah.

Planned Parenthood's policy change also smacks of other desperate excuses, made in past investigations that evidenced the abortion giant's lawbreaking, woman-harming, deceptive actions.

When a 2011 Live Action sting found Planned Parenthood staff incredibly willing to work with sex traffickers to arrange abortions for the women and girls they victimize, Planned Parenthood announced it "would retrain thousands of staff members across the country on its rules for reporting possible dangers to minors, and would automatically fire anyone who violated them."

Yet, if one is highly ethical and legal, what is there to "retrain"? Why would Planned Parenthood publicly announce it would fire employees in the future for doing exactly what its employees (including a clinic manager) were caught doing on tape? This is only one example; in other stings, Planned Parenthood staff were also "retrained" or fired. And yet the organization still asserts complete innocence in every case. When is that going to start failing to add up?

Kristi Burton Brown is a Christian, pro-life attorney. She has volunteered for Life Legal Defense Foundation and as an allied attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom. She enjoys being a stay-at-home mom and a wife to her favorite man in the whole world. She also writes for Live Action News .

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