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10th Video: Selling “Fresh” Gonads While Covering It All Up

The tenth video in the explosive documentary web series by The Center for Medical Progress reveals several top level Planned Parenthood executives discussing the secretive practices surrounding aborted fetal parts harvesting and how happy they are to provide whatever body parts are being sought – from eyes to neural to gonads – and “everything we provide is fresh!”

The Center for Medical Progress has released the next installment in the Human Capital video series that exposes the lucrative under-cover business of selling body parts from aborted fetuses by Planned Parenthood. In this video, we hear Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, Senior Medical Advisor for Planned Parenthood bragging about the freshness of their body parts.


“We’ve just been working with people who want particular tissues, like, you know, they want cardiac, or they want eyes, or they want neural,” Dr. Westhoff tells a prospective buyer. “Certainly, everything we provide–oh, gonads! Oh my God, gonads. Everything we provide is fresh.”

She goes on to say, “Obviously, we would have the potential for a huge P.R. issue in doing this,” before offering to introduce the buyers to “national office abortion people” from Planned Parenthood.

The video also includes comments from Deborah VanDerhei, the National Director of the organization’s Consortium of Abortion Providers, an influential committee within Planned Parenthood that drives abortion policy across the organization.

In the video, Vanderhei describes the harvesting of fetal body parts as “donation for remuneration”. She describes how she’s been trying to figure this out as an industry “how we’re going to manage remuneration, because the headlines would be a disaster.”

She later hints at the great lengths to which Planned Parenthood goes to avoid leaving a paper trail about their fetal tissue activity: “It’s an issue that you might imagine we’re not really that comfortable talking about on email.”

The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).

Vanessa Cullins, the Vice President of External Medical Affairs, seems fully aware of the criminal exposure that fetal body parts sales present to Planned Parenthood: “This is important. This could destroy your organization and us, if we don’t time those conversations correctly,” she tells a prospective buyer.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the country, responsible for 327,000 abortions every year, and receives $528 million in taxpayer money each year.

“From email black-outs to contorted oxymorons like ‘donation for remuneration,’ the lengths to which Planned Parenthood leadership will go to cover-up their illegal sale of aborted baby parts are nothing less than the desperation of a guilty conscience,” notes David Daleiden, Project Lead for CMP.

“Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards openly admits they receive ‘$60 per tissue specimen,’ and their contracts with StemExpress offer payments per fetus ‘determined in the clinic to be usable.’ Planned Parenthood runs their abortion and baby parts business in open disregard for the law and should be prosecuted immediately. Their taxpayer funding should be reassigned to Federally Qualified Health Centers, which provide more and comprehensive health services at locations outnumbering Planned Parenthood 20 to 1.”

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