I’ve mentioned before that the anti-choice movement is built on lies. Another example of this made waves recently, when an anti-choice group put out a video they claimed proved that Planned Parenthood was selling fetus parts for profit.
In the video, which was taken via hidden camera by activist group the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood’s national senior director of medical services Deborah Nucatola can be seen eating a meal and discussing fetal tissue donation using medical terminology.
To further bolster their claims, they released the full, unedited video that they filmed.
Sorry, did I say “bolster?” I meant contradict. Because if you actually watch the unedited video, you find the person being interviewed repeatedly says the patient has the option to donate the fetal tissue, if the patient signs a form saying they are A-OK with it. The part where the anti-choice group claims the doctor put a dollar figure on fetal tissue?
ACTOR: Okay, so, when you are, or the affiliate is determining what that monetary —
ACTOR: So that it doesn’t raise any question of this is what it’s about, this is the main — what — what price range would you —
NUCATOLA: You know, I’m — I could throw a number out that’s anywhere from $30 to $100 depending on the facility, and what’s involved.
[TIMESTAMPS JUMP FROM 12:24:07 TO 12:32:06, REMOVING NEARLY 8 MINUTES]
ACTOR: The $30 to $100 price range, that’s per specimen that we’re talking about, right?
NUCATOLA: Per specimen, yes.
The edited version cuts out context that reveals the doctor was discussing what storage and transport costs a typical Planned Parenthood affiliate.
NUCATOLA: You know, I’m — I could throw a number out that’s anywhere from $30 to $100 depending on the facility, and what’s involved. It just has to do with space issues, are you sending someone there that’s going to be doing everything, or is their staff going to be doing it? What exactly are they going to be doing? Is there shipping involved, is somebody coming to pick it up — so, I think everybody just wants to — it’s really just about if anyone were ever to ask them, well what do you do for this $60, how can you justify that? Or are you basically just doing something completely egregious, that you should be doing for free. So it just needs to be justifiable.
This isn’t the first time a video like this has been released. A group named Live Action followed the exact same script several times before. But of course, to actually see the lie you had to track down the unedited version to watch several hours of boring video, instead of the slickly-produced ten minute version they splash everywhere.
As icing on the cake, the Center for Medical Progress even has ties to Live Action.
Daleiden is the former Director of Research for the anti-choice organization Live Action and wrote dozens of articles for its news site during his time there. Daleiden was employed by Live Action for five years, according to Breitbart, before leaving to found CMP.
Live Action has produced several similar undercover and selectively edited videos attacking Planned Parenthood for alleged wrongdoing. None of Live Action’s claims have ever been successfully proven. In his blog post, Johnson claimed that “the lack of power” in Lila Rose’s recent videos at Live Action “owes mostly to the fact that David [Daleiden] left her organization.”
The anti-choice movement as a whole is hoping that you are too busy, ignorant, or gullible to see through their bullshit. Please prove them wrong.
[HJH 2015-07-20] Oh look, more heavily-edited video.
Irin Carmon of MSNBC has pulled the relevant quotes and found that, yep, it’s the same story: Despite CMP’s attempts to make it look like Planned Parenthood medical director Mary Gatter is “selling” fetal tissue, she repeatedly makes it clear that is not an option. “But see we don’t, we’re not in it for the money, and we don’t want to be in a position of being accused of selling tissue, and stuff like that,” Gatter says very clearly on the tape. She does talk about money, but as was made clear in the debunkings of the video last week, Planned Parenthood’s policy is only to take reimbursement for clinic expenses. The low figures she cites in this new video—$50—suggests that is exactly what Gatter is talking about, just as Nucatola was doing in last week’s footage.
This is really comical. What kind of fool would fall for the same thing twice?
While this new video is kicking off another round of disingenuous posturing from Republican officials and demands to “investigate” the non-crime of donating fetal tissue, the real story here is not unethical behavior on the part of Planned Parenthood, but on the part of anti-choice activists.
Ah, of course.