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And They Wonder Why We Are Skeptical

Filed under: General — JVW @ 11:53 am

[guest post by JVW]

This comes to us courtesy of Powerline:


I am not going to open comments on this post, so please direct all comments to JD’s earlier post on this troubling topic.


Planned Parenthood And The Buying And Selling Of Aborted Baby Parts (Full 2 1/2 Hour Video Added In Light Of Planned Parenthood Accusation That Yesterday’s Released Video Was “Heavily Edited”)

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:19 am

[guest post by Dana]

A disturbing undercover video released today shows Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola casually discussing the purchase of aborted baby parts with interested “buyers”. This in spite of it being illegal (The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2). Nucatola trains new Planned Parenthood abortion doctors and also performs abortions herself up to 24 weeks. The video is part of a three-year investigation by The Center for Medical Progress (part of the Manhattan Institute) looking into illegal trafficking of aborted fetal parts by Planned Parenthood:

Discussing buyer preference, Dr. Nucatola explains how she proceeds in ensuring the baby parts needed for purchase are protected for their later sale:

We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

“I’d say a lot of people want liver,” she also says. “And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part.”

Nucatola also discusses how “some people” will use ultrasounds to make sure that “the fetus breeches feet-first during a late-term abortion to ensure more usable organs” – just like with the legally banned partial-birth abortion procedure.

The dehumanizing impact on Dr. Nucatola is clear:

Nucatola admits that Planned Parenthood charges per-specimen for baby body parts, uses illegal partial-birth abortion procedures in order to get salable parts, and is aware of their own liability for doing so and takes steps to cover it up.

The footage shockingly depicts the top medical official at the Planned Parenthood corporation munching on her salad while she discusses the sale of body parts of unborn children victimized by abortions. She brazenly describes how the heads of unborn babies killed in abortions command top dollar.

Reflecting the base nature of man, this is the inevitable outcome of those who screamed Our bodies, ourselves! and those who momentarily lost sight of humanity and gave in to their demands. Horribly, we have taken yet one more step in the searing of our collective soul:

The tragedy exposed here is another sign that the safe, legal, and rare approach to abortion was never a tenable position. The dehumanization of unborn children leads to the dehumanization of those who perform abortions, leading from killing living human beings to treating them explicitly as commodities.



“Longtime Walker Adviser”: We’ll Become Moderate Later On

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:29 am

Here’s how we dishonestly manipulate you, said the “longtime Walker adviser”:

“You start in Iowa and lock up conservatives, because if you don’t do that, none of the rest matters,” said one longtime Walker adviser, who requested anonymity to discuss campaign strategy. “It’s much easier to move from being a conservative to being a middle-of-the-road moderate later on.”

On one hand, this surprises nobody. It is thought to be the standard presidential campaign strategy.

But it also reeks of a lack of principle, doesn’t it?

I think if a Ted Cruz adviser said something like that, Cruz would try to root out that person and fire them.

I hope Walker does exactly that. But I don’t get the sense he will.

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