The simpler, clearer version of what's going on in the abortion industry all this time.
If you haven't watched the damning videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue donation (or, in plain language, exchanging aborted babies' body parts for money), you should watch them now before you read further.
The first alarming question is whether Planned Parenthood illegally sells aborted fetuses' organs and tissue. This is what Planned Parenthood and its defenders have repeatedly focused on, insisting that they are compliant with all laws.
But it is what precedes that "fetal tissue donation" that needs attention. Specifically, does Planned Parenthood regularly flout the federal ban on partial-birth abortion using loopholes? How do they get away with this? Do their patients - the women who apparently choose to donate the "fetal tissue" - know what's going on in explicit terms?
Good questions. Let's be clear about what's really going on in abortion clinics, behind the sterile terminology and semantic gymnastics.
Many Americans may not know that the term "partial-birth abortion" is not a medical one but a legal one. And, according to Planned Parenthood doctor Deborah Nucatola, some abortion providers don't consider it with any seriousness. In her own words, "It's not a medical term, it doesn't exist in reality." What?
It's clear Nucatola thinks the law is irrelevant - or, as she says, up for "interpretation." She explains how abortion providers get around the law by injecting a fatal quantity of digoxin, a cardiotoxic drug, into the baby's heart before dismembering or delivering it.
As hard as those videos are to watch, this is hard to read. Read on .
She explains: "Providers who use digoxin use it for one of two reasons. There's a group of people who just use it so they have no risk of violating the Federal Abortion Ban. Because if you induce a demise before the procedure, nobody's going to say you did a 'live' - whatever the federal government calls it. Partial-birth abortion." The second reason providers use it is "because they actually think it makes the tissue softer and it makes it safer and easier to do the procedure." She counts herself in the second group.
So, if you "dig," you're guaranteed a dead baby and a successful abortion without having to worry about the law. Moreover, you'll find that a baby that has already died from a heart attack is apparently "softer" and easier to pull apart with metal instruments.
We are talking about a human life here. In each and every case. The sheer lack of recognition of that basic fact in this kind of discussion about these kinds of procedures takes the breath away.
And it gets worse. When you follow the 'abortion logic' explained here. As horrible as the thought, language, and reality is of 'crushing' parts of a baby above and below valuable organs, this is the reality, for selling body parts. I can't believe we're at this point…
These babies are being strategically maneuvered, crushed, and dismembered under ultrasound guidance - while still alive.
This poses an ethical question. Do the women consenting to fetal-tissue donation understand what's happening during the procedure? Do they know that their babies are alive at the start of the butchering? A 2001 study showed that 91 percent of women in the study "preferred their fetuses were dead before the abortions." How "informed" is their informed consent?
It also poses a legal question. Is Planned Parenthood breaking the law - whether in its procedures for "donating" fetal tissue or by altering abortion methods - in order to get better specimens? If so, stripping it of federal funding would be a half-measure.
If Planned Parenthood is not breaking the law, then we need to change the law.