legislative leaders are calling for an investigation into the business
practices of Planned Parenthood following revelations that the abortion
provider is marketing the body parts of aborted preborn
Representatives Andrew Koenig and Diane Franklin have announced that
their legislative committees will initiate an investigation to determine
whether the Missouri Planned Parenthood organization is engaged in the
sale of organs from aborted unborn children. Rep. Koenig
chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Representative Franklin
chairs the House Children and Families Committee.
controversy erupted following the public release of an undercover video
by a group called The Center for Medical Progress. That
organization has been engaged in an investigative journalism study
probing the illegal trafficking of the body parts of preborn children by
the abortion industry. The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue
is a felony under federal law which carries a
penalty of up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
the video, which is thoroughly repulsive in content, Dr. Deborah
Nucatola discusses how Planned Parenthood abortionists attempt to
preserve the vital organs of unborn children during an abortion so they
can command top dollar in the baby body parts market. Nucatola is
the Senior Director of Medical Services for the Planned Parenthood
Federation of America, and oversees "medical" services at Planned
Parenthood facilities nationwide.
While munching on salad and
sipping wine at a Los Angeles restaurant, Nucatola cavalierly states in
the video: "You're just kind of cognizant of where you put
your graspers...We've been very good at getting heart,
lung, liver...I'm not gonna crush that part, I'm gonna basically crush
below, I'm gonna crush above, and see if I can get it all
intact...Calvarium, the head is basically the biggest part."
revealed that Planned Parenthood can obtain $30 to $100 per body part
if their abortionists leave vital organs in one piece. "If you
maintain enough of a dialogue with the person who's actually doing the
procedure, so they understand what the end-game is, there are
little...changes they can make in their technique to increase your
Nucatola herself performs abortions at the Planned
Parenthood clinic in Los Angeles. She says in the video that she
has "a huddle at the beginning of the day" to discuss what baby body
parts buyers are seeking at the time, and how they can best harvest them
from the preborn children of pregnant women they will see that
Nucatola goes on to state in the video that the St. Louis Planned
Parenthood abortion facility should be considered as an "untapped"
supplier of baby body parts.
"I am deeply troubled by these
recent allegations against Planned Parenthood," says Representative
Koenig. "We will work to investigate whether similar crimes have
taken place here in Missouri, and to determine if our laws need to be
strengthened to ensure they do not happen ever again."
Missourians, we believe in the sanctity of all life, and I am committed
to working with Representative Koenig and the members of our committees
to ensure unborn children in Missouri are protected from these alleged
crimes," says Representative Franklin. State Senator Kurt Schaefer
has called on Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate whether
Planned Parenthood is violating state laws prohibiting the sale of body
parts from the deceased, as well as laws prohibiting deceptive
"I demand that you...immediately conduct
an investigation into whether the horrifying and criminal practices
described on video by a national executive at Planned Parenthood are
occurring in Missouri," Schaefer says in his letter to Koster.
"Given the apparent admissions by Ms. Nucatola that her
organization...is harvesting and trafficking human body parts, it is
legally and morally imperative that you investigate and bring any
violators to justice."