The Center for Medical Progress — the organization behind the undercover videos that exposed Planned Parenthood for illegally selling fetal remains of aborted infants — released a new video Tuesday showing officials for the abortion provider under oath in 2019 admitting to the sale of aborted baby body parts.
Invoices from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte that were unsealed in April revealed the California clinic received $55 for every “usable” fetal organ delivered to StemExpress, a tissue procurement company that works with Planned Parenthood. And in the newly released footage of sworn testimonies, Tram Nguyen, administrator for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, said under oath that she “wanted to move forward with” a contract from the faux company BioMax, which offered to pay $750 for a fetal liver and $1,600 for a liver and thymus pair.
When all of this first came to light in 2015, Planned Parenthood responded by saying it “has never and would never sell fetal tissue.” The latest comments from Nguyen — as well as Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dorothy Furgerson and former Senior Director Dr. Deborah Nucatola — show that assertion to be untrue.
The law does allow for financial exchanges, but such deals are limited to covering the costs of very specific administrative functions.
“While the law allows for reimbursements of specific costs when donating fetal organs,” pro-life group Live Action stated in response to the new testimonies, “those reimbursements must meet specific guidelines; they must be fees associated with transportation, processing, and other such costs. Planned Parenthood did none of these things, yet they collected money when they provided StemExpress with marketable body parts.”
Planned Parenthood neither stored nor transported the fetal remains. When asked under oath if “there was any discussion about whether or not StemExpress would send technicians to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte health centers on more days a week than ABR would have,” Furgerson responded affirmatively.
This new footage comes just after it was revealed 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates wrongfully applied for a total of $80 million in loans from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, an initiative set up in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The SBA has said none of the Planned Parenthood clinics are eligible for the cash infusion and they should have known that. None of the PPP moneys were intended for branches of organizations with more than 500 employees. The cash-rich abortion provider, of course, has well over 500 people on its payroll.
“Planned Parenthood should immediately repay the American people the money they took from deserving small businesses and nonprofits,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.). “Every dollar Planned Parenthood took from the Paycheck Protection Program was a dollar that did not get to legitimate small businesses that were eligible.”