Video of a secretly-recorded conversation with Planned Parenthood’s medical director has gone viral, starting a new controversy about whether the nation’s largest provider of abortions is profiting from the illegal sale of fetal tissue. Chances are many people — including those who support a woman’s right to choose — who watch Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the group’s senior director of medical research, sip wine and talk casually and graphically about harvesting fetal tissue will squirm.
“I’d say a lot of people want liver. 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 the calvarium, the head is basically the biggest part. Most of the other stuff can come out intact,” Dr. Nucatola says during the July 25, 2014 lunch with people she thought were buyers for a human biologics company. At another point, she throws out a price range – “$30 to $100 depending on the facility, and what’s involved” – for specimens.
But before any conclusions are drawn about lines being crossed, the full, unedited footage should be examined.