A third undercover video sparked new outrage Tuesday by following the money behind the fetal-organ supply chain, starting with Planned Parenthood, and prompting GOP presidential candidates to raise the pressure on the group’s federal and corporate funding.
The video, the latest and most graphic in the Center for Medical Progress’s Human Capital investigation, stoked the uproar in Congress and outraged protesters at national pro-life rallies demanding an end to public subsidies of Planned Parenthood.
The latest video goes behind the doors at a Planned Parenthood affiliate clinic in Denver, where fetal tissue obtained by abortions is then transferred to companies like Stem Express and Advanced Bioscience Resources before being sold to medical research facilities.
The third video shows a Planned Parenthood official, Dr. Savita Ginde, voicing support for separating fetal organs from the body, saying, “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”
“For whatever we could procure, they would get a certain percentage,” Ms. O’Donnell says in the video. “The main nurse was always trying to make sure we got our specimens. No one else really cared, but the main nurse did because she knew that Planned Parenthood was getting compensated.”
Ms. O’Donnell recalled that she fainted during her first day of training after seeing another technician separate newly aborted fetal tissue.
“I thought I was going to be just drawing blood, not procuring tissue from aborted fetuses,” Ms. O’Donnell says. “The harder and more valuable the tissue, the more money you get. So if you can somehow procure a brain or a heart, you’re going to get more money than just chorionic villi or umbilical cord. That’s basically what it is. So I guess that’s an incentive to try and get the hard stuff.”
An ABR fee schedule shown in the video shows that a “2nd trimester specimen” would cost $340 per specimen, while a “1st trimester specimen” lists for $550. A specimen “cleaning” runs $50. Based in Alameda, California, ABR is a nonprofit corporate entity.
The videos, released a week apart, have prompted House and Senate congressional investigations, along with legislative efforts, to defund Planned Parenthood, which receives roughly a half-billion dollars a year in federal funding.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who previously launched an investigation into his state’s Planned Parenthood affiliate clinics, called Tuesday for companies to “cut all ties” to the nonprofit organization, the nation’s largest reproductive health care and abortion provider.
In a statement Tuesday, Planned Parenthood officials said that defunding would jeopardize “basic preventive care,” not abortions, because the Hyde Amendment already bans the use of federal funding for abortion.
Planned Parenthood brought in $1.2 billion in revenue in 2013-14, about half of which came from federal and state funding, primarily through Medicaid reimbursements.
Eight states are investigating the allegations against Planned Parenthood, while California Attorney General Kamala Harris has turned her attention to the pro-life group, which has been accused of wrongdoing by filming doctors without their knowledge and registering a false company with the state.
Mr. Daleiden, project lead for the center, said the group’s work will continue to expose Planned Parenthood and called for a moratorium on the group’s taxpayer funding. He has previously said that the group could release a dozen videos.