9th Planned Par­ent­hood video fu­els ac­cu­sa­tions of law­break­ing

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - BY VA­LERIE RICHARD­SON AND DAVID SHERFINSKI

The take­away mo­ment from the latest fe­tal tis­sue video comes when a woman iden­ti­fied as Ad­vanced Bio­Science Re­sources’s Perrin Lar­ton re­counts cases in which the fe­tus “just fell out” dur­ing an abor­tion pro­ce­dure.

Depend­ing on what hap­pened next, that could be an un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent — or it could be a vi­o­la­tion of the na­tional BornAlive In­fants Pro­tec­tion Act.

Re­leased Tues­day, the ninth un­der­cover video from the pro-life Cen­ter for Med­i­cal Progress fu­els the grow­ing con­tention that those in­volved in the fe­tal tis­sue pro­cure­ment busi­ness, in­clud­ing Planned Par­ent­hood, may have bro­ken as many as a half-dozen fed­eral laws.

“In six sep­a­rate ar­eas, these videos re­veal pos­si­ble felonies,” said Char­maine Yoest, pres­i­dent and CEO of Amer­i­cans United for Life, in a Tues­day state­ment.

Planned Par­ent­hood Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­ica Pres­i­dent Ce­cile Richards has launched a fierce de­fense of her or­ga­ni­za­tion’s in­tegrity, in­sist­ing in a let­ter Thurs­day to Congress that “Planned Par­ent­hood ad­heres to the high­est stan­dards and fol­lows all laws.”

A day later, how­ever, AUL is­sued a 28page le­gal anal­y­sis out­lin­ing ar­eas where the “full, unedited video tran­scripts” point to ev­i­dence of law­break­ing, in­clud­ing “re­ceiv­ing valu­able con­sid­er­a­tion for pro­vid­ing fe­tal tis­sue” and “al­ter­ing abor­tion pro­ce­dures to ob­tain fe­tal tis­sue.”

The more re­cent videos show scenes sug­gest­ing vi­o­la­tions of laws on “ob­tain­ing in­formed con­sent for fe­tal tis­sue do­na­tion,” “per­form­ing par­tial-birth abor­tions” and “killing in­fants born alive af­ter an at­tempted in­duced abor­tion.”

“Taken to­gether, there is prob­a­ble cause to in­ves­ti­gate whether in their fe­tal or­gan har­vest­ing scheme PPFA, its af­fil­i­ates, and the tis­sue pro­cure­ment com­pa­nies they con­tract with have vi­o­lated other fed­eral laws,” in­clud­ing con­spir­acy and rack­e­teer­ing, said the anal­y­sis.

Ms. Yoest called Tues­day for Congress, where both the House and Se­nate al­ready have be­gun in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the is­sues raised in the videos, to add crim­i­nal penal­ties to the fed­eral law gov­ern­ing in­fants born alive dur­ing an at­tempted abor­tion.

“Amer­i­cans are re­act­ing in hor­ror to the ac­cu­mu­lated weight of un­eth­i­cal and cal­lous be­hav­ior re­vealed by these videos,” said Ms. Yoest. “If what we are see­ing isn’t illegal, it should be.”

The ninth video raises more ques­tions about the how much Planned Par­ent­hood is paid for pro­vid­ing fe­tal tis­sue from abor­tions, and whether those costs would be con­sid­ered “rea­son­able pay­ments” un­der fed­eral law.

Planned Par­ent­hood of­fi­cials have in­sisted the af­fil­i­ates only bill for ex­penses re­lated to pro­vid­ing fe­tal tis­sue for med­i­cal re­search. Fed­eral laws al­low for re­im­burse­ments as­so­ci­ated with the “im­plan­ta­tion, pro­cess­ing, preser­va­tion, qual­ity con­trol, or stor­age of hu­man fe­tal tis­sue.”

In the latest video, how­ever, ABR’s Ms. Lar­ton says that her com­pany of­ten takes pos­ses­sion of the tis­sue im­me­di­ately af­ter an abor­tion. CMP’s video de­scribes the com­pany, based in Alameda, Cal­i­for­nia, as a long­time part­ner of Planned Par­ent­hood af­fil­i­ates and “the old­est baby parts com­pany in the U.S.”

“We’re usu­ally stand­ing right out­side the door where they’re do­ing the pro­ce­dure in the OR [op­er­at­ing room], and we’re in the lab area,” Ms. Lar­ton says on the video. “Yeah, and so we’re just kind of stand­ing around wait­ing, and then we get the tis­sue, the doc­tor makes sure the ter­mi­na­tion’s com­plete, and then we — I mean, we have it im­me­di­ately af­ter.”

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week pay­ments-per-spec­i­men range from $45 to $60, although pre­vi­ous videos show un­der­cover in­ter­views with Planned Par­ent­hood of­fi­cials hag­gling over prices that range from $30 to $100.

David Dalei­den, pro­ject lead for the cen­ter’s Hu­man Cap­i­tal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said in a Mon­day let­ter to Congress that ABR “han­dles all dis­sec­tion, pack­ag­ing, and ship­ping of fe­tal or­gans and tis­sues, and so it is un­clear for what [Planned Par­ent­hood of the Pa­cific South­west] could be re­ceiv­ing ‘re­im­burse­ment.’”

He also said the price “per spec­i­men” is the pay­ment for each in­di­vid­ual fe­tal or­gan, not per fe­tal ca­daver.

“This is es­pe­cially sus­pi­cious given that Ms. Richards says the $60 fee is paid ‘per tis­sue spec­i­men.’ Thus, if ABR har­vests a liver and a thy­mus, a com­mon fe­tal tis­sue or­der, from an 18-week fe­tus aborted at the San Diego clinic, Planned Par­ent­hood re­ceives a to­tal pay­ment of $120 from that case,” he said.

“It stretches credulity to be­lieve that ABR’s tech­ni­cian har­vest­ing two or­gans from a fe­tus costs Planned Par­ent­hood $120 — this is a new rev­enue stream off of fe­tal tis­sue with no real cost to Planned Par­ent­hood, and thus a crim­i­nal profit,” said Mr. Dalei­den.

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