Jul 15, 2015 4:12 PM
Landrigan: Planned Parenthood, GOP candidates react after anti-abortion group's viral video
CONCORD - An anti-abortion group’s undercover video went viral.
The video accuses a Planned Parenthood executive of talking openly about selling body parts following abortions.
Republican presidential candidates who are anti-abortion piled on, calling the video gruesome, shocking and outrageous.
It’s against federal law to sell body organs for profit.
The video features two people with the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress posing as medical company executives wanting to purchase fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood.
Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America said in the video when asked about prices, "You know I would throw a number out. I would say it’s probably anywhere from $30 to $100 depending on the facility and what’s involved."
"The $30 to $100 that’s per specimen we’re talking about, right?’’ asks the undercover executive.
"Per specimen. Yes,’’ Dr. Nucatola answers.
Critics maintain the group heavily edited the video to put Planned Parenthood in the worst light.
Planned Parenthood said it does not profit from fetal tissue, but some clinics donate for stem cell research - only after the woman gives consent.
Officials said the clinic could be paid to cover the cost of transport.
Locally, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England said its clinics do not donate research tissue.
"A well-funded group opposed to Planned Parenthood’s mission and services is making false accusations about participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research,’’ said Nicole Gregg, a PPNNE spokeswoman.
"These groups have made similar false accusations for years. They have been widely discredited and their claims fall apart on closer examination, just as they do in this case.”
The GOP 2016 candidates quickly jumped into the controversy.
Former Texas governor Rick Perry said this video validated his signing a law to defund Planned Parenthood.
Jeb Bush tweeted on the topic.
"This is a shocking and horrific reminder that we must do so much more to foster a culture of life in America,’’ Bush said.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called for a full investigation adding, "Today’s video of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the systematic harvesting and trafficking of human body parts is shocking and gruesome.’’
Planned Parenthood is seeking to open a clinic in New Orleans, and Jindal said the application should be put on hold until this probe is complete.
And Carly Fiorina took to her Facebook Page saying in part,
"This latest news is tragic and outrageous. This isn't about "choice." It's about profiting on the death of the unborn while telling women it's about empowerment.’’