It’s standard operating procedure: the liberal media consistently censor or twist coverage of the undercover Planned Parenthood videos. That’s why, as new footage emerges, it’s critical for American citizens to watch it for themselves.
In light of recent attempts by Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a new video Thursday of a Planned Parenthood medical director revealing late-term “dismemberment” and partial-birth abortion protocols.
CMP first made headlines in 2015, when the self-described “group of citizen journalists” began publishing videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted baby parts in the name of science. Because, as the Planned Parenthood official admitted in this latest video, "no good" comes from just disposing of them.
The new footage, never before released, showed CMP representatives, posing as fetal-tissue buyers, speaking with Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, the vice president of medical affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.
Because Prabhakaran’s affiliate aborted babies only up to 16 weeks, she advised CMP to speak with the Orlando affiliate, which her affiliate was currently merging with, because it performed abortions past 22 weeks.
Prabhakaran emphasized that her affiliate didn’t abort “many” 16-week-old babies – “probably like one” per week. In all, she added, her affiliate performed 5,000 abortions per year among five health centers.
For their abortion “procedures,” both she and Orlando abortionists are trained to not use digoxin, a feticidal chemical that stops unborn babies’ “cardiac activity” before it’s taken from the womb.
Here’s why: according to a CMP press release accompanying a previous video, “Feticidal chemicals like digoxin cannot be used to kill the fetus in a tissue procurement case,” which also means a “fetus delivered intact for organ harvesting is likely to be a born-alive infant.”
“Just document and you’re fine,” Prabhakaran said of not using digoxin. She listed two reasons why an abortionist would use digoxin: “One is to comply with the partial birth abortion ban… and or they think that digoxin makes the procedure easier.”
According to CMP, the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban “prohibits abortions in which a fetus is extracted alive up to certain anatomical landmarks.” And an abortionist can easily avoid conflict with the ban based on his or her intent, suggested Prabhakaran.
“So some people train to just document that like, you know to comply with the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, you basically have to say, ‘I intend to utilize dismemberment techniques for this procedure,’” Prabhakaran stressed.
“So every time you do a procedure, that’s how you document. So, like, there’s like a checkbox,” she added, “so it would be before the procedure, you do your evaluation, you write, ‘I intend to utilize dismemberment techniques for this procedure.’”
Besides that, she also admitted a need to document whether she used suction or forceps to “extract the fetus in multiple parts.”
She concluded that she would like to help the investigators acting as buyers.
“And you know, the reality is right now, that tissue is going to a – it’s going to Stericyle,” or a medical waste company, she said. “So it’s not like, like no good is coming from it really.”
In addition to Prabhakaran, Planned Parenthood official Deborah Nucatola, who starred in past CMP videos, also made an appearance.
Along with the video, CMP project lead David Daleiden released the following statement:
Planned Parenthood medical directors and abortion doctors feign compliance with the federal partial-birth abortion law on paper, knowing full well that ‘what ultimately happens doesn’t matter’ so long as no one is scrutinizing what they actually do to women and children in the operating room. And the fact that Planned Parenthood has a ‘dismemberment’ ‘checkbox’ on their abortion forms should tell the public and policymakers everything they need to know about this barbaric abortion business. The Department of Justice should open an immediate investigation into Planned Parenthood’s late-term abortion practices, and the U.S. Congress must stop forcing taxpayers to subsidize Planned Parenthood’s brutal abortion empire.
Last week, a San Francisco federal judge held David Daleiden and his attorneys in contempt of court for CMP’s disturbing video release in late May showing abortionists laughing at a falling “eyeball” and “pulling off legs.”
Network History on CMP Video Coverage
Since the release of CMP’s first video on July 14, the broadcast network news shows have worked hard to avoid publicizing the story – and when they did, they refused to even utter the word “baby.”
Two months after the first video’s release, MRC Culture found that ABC, NBC and CBS had aired a mere 0.13% of the CMP footage during their news shows – or 1 minute, 13 seconds of more than 16 hours. And in early October 2015, MRC Culture discovered that the networks spent more time combined airing Cecile Richards’ defense of Planned Parenthood during a congressional hearing than showing the actual videos themselves.
From the beginning, liberal media news outlets raced to defend Planned Parenthood. In the first 9 hours and 30 minutes of news shows broadcast after the story broke, ABC, NBC and CBS, spent only 39 seconds on the first video. It took more than 24 hours before all three covered the story. In the week after the first video, the networks gave a mere 9 minutes and 11 seconds to the story (in contrast, the nets devoted more than three times that to the Susan G. Komen controversy, when the charity temporarily decided to defund the abortion giant).
ABC, NBC and CBS prioritized animals over aborted babies, by covering the shooting of Cecil the lion more in one day than they did these videos in two weeks and in their reporting on birth of the National Zoo’s panda cubs.
As more videos have been released, the networks have ignored far more videos than they have covered.
Not only that, but also they refused to cover the tens of thousands of Americans speaking out against Planned Parenthood during nationwide rallies held in late August – except as a side note when CBS tried to connect the event to arson.
While the networks covered rallies against Planned Parenthood in Jan. 2017, they omitted from their reports that abortion activists tried to disrupt pro-lifers and clashed with police.
Citing information from MRC studies, both Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and members of Congress led by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) have slammed the media for their lack of coverage on the videos.
Hundreds of media outlets, including the networks, boast a long, cozy history with Planned Parenthood.
The media similarly stayed silent on the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell's trial, in which witnesses described baby abortion survivors “swimming" in toilets “to get out,” attracted a scant 12–15 reporters. Only after 56 days, multiple letters from members of the House of Representatives and a public outcry, did all three broadcast networks report on Gosnell.