Missouri Family E-News

July 21, 2015

Abortions to Resume in Columbia

Planned Parenthood has announced that they will resume providing chemical abortions at their clinic in Columbia, Missouri.

Pregnant women will be able to obtain abortions early in pregnancy with the abortifacient drug RU-486 beginning in early August.  That drug regimen enables women to deliver and dispose of a preborn child in the privacy of their own home.

Planned Parenthood has been in and out of the abortion business in Columbia in recent years due to an inability to retain physicians and nurses to carry them out.

Now, the organization states, they have obtained an "experienced physician" to "provide medication abortion services and restore abortion access in mid-Missouri."

The Reproductive Health Services clinic in St. Louis operated by Planned Parenthood remains the only outpatient facility in Missouri where surgical abortions are performed.  Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis has long performed mid to late-term abortions in an acute care setting.

Laura McQuade, the new CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, says the abortion giant plans to offer surgical abortions at the Columbia site by early next year.

While it is encouraging that Missouri has so few abortion providers, it remains a fact that approximately half of Missouri women who obtain abortions receive them out of state.

Much of that traffic is occurring at the Planned Parenthood facility just across the border in Overland Park, Kansas.


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Planned Parenthood Under Fire Over Sale
of Baby Body Parts

Missouri 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 children.

State 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.

The 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.

In 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."

Nucatola 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 success."

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 day.

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."

"As 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 merchandising practices.

"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."
Missouri U.S. Congresswoman Ann Wagner has also issued a call for committees in the U.S. House of Representatives to hold hearings on the baby body parts scandal.  "The atrocities described in the video are beyond grotesque.  It is probably the most horrifying and heartbreaking video I have ever seen.  Certainly this organization has been accused of this kind of atrocity before, but this is the first time it was actually captured in their own words in [such] a cold and callous manner."

As expected, Planned Parenthood responded to the video with more deception, insisting that the organization performs abortions "under the highest medical and ethical standards."  In a formal statement, Planned Parenthood officials maintained that the harvesting of the organs of unborn children is a "humanitarian undertaking."

On the heels of the nation's collective revulsion with the grisly details of the video, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards took to the ultraliberal media airwaves to apologize for the "tone" of Nucatola's remarks.  No apology was offered for the murder of millions of preborn children or the ancillary profitmaking from the sale of baby body parts.

The video released by the Center for Medical Progress includes a separate clip where Richards extols the job Nucatola has been doing to ensure the maximum amount of intact baby body parts.  "Great.  She's amazing," Richards is quoted as saying of Nucatola's efforts.

Lila Rose, President of LiveAction, says the video "should be the final nail in the coffin for the abortion giant."  "This investigation reveals the unimaginable horror that is Planned Parenthood.  The exploitation of human life, the cover-up, and the black market profiteering is not not only egregious and heartbreaking, but exposes how the abortion giant is corrupt to the core."

Rose's organization has released its own undercover videos of outrageous behavior by Planned Parenthood affiliates in recent years.  Those videos showed Planned Parenthood staffers agreeing to accept donations to abort black unborn children, and to conceal the illegal conduct of sexual predators and sex traffickers.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, serves on the Board of the Center for Medical Progress.  He says that more videos of Planned Parenthood practices are on the way.  "Abortionists use ultrasound like a butcher uses scales to sell meat by the pound for profit.  The evidence clearly shows that Planned Parenthood has gone to great lengths to keep the public from ever knowing about their illicit human body parts trade."

Not surprisingly, Missouri's pro-abortion Governor Jay Nixon shrugged off the revelations.  "We've got to focus on what matters in this state...not taking the story of the day and trying to sensationalize it."  What Nixon fails to acknowledge is that this is one of those stories that can't possibly be sensationalized beyond the revolting nature of the nauseating video and the barbaric practices that spawned it.

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