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Column: Planned Parenthood videos expose reality of abortion

Michael Shutloffel


Warning: This article contains graphic content.


It has been suggested that the summer of 2015 may prove to be an “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” moment for Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry in general.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel depicting the terrible realities of slavery is credited with inspiring a groundswell of antislavery sentiment in the years leading up to the Civil War, to such an extent that President Lincoln is reputed to have called Stowe “the little lady who started this great war.”  It remains to be seen whether recent events will have anything like a similar effect.

On July 14 of this year, the Center for Medical Progress released the first in a series of undercover videos describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted fetuses. The video shined a light on how abortionists vary their techniques to obtain intact body parts and what may well be serial violations of federal law.

Over glasses of wine, Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Deborah Nucatola helpfully explained: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver. . . . So, I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

Nine videos have thus far been released, each showing abortion industry operatives demonstrating a chillingly nonchalant disregard for human life. While it seems they have no difficulty slurping booze and munching on salad while discussing which abortion methods are less “crunchy,” viewers not rendered morally inert by the culture of death will find some segments hard to stomach.

The fifth video is a particularly punishing experience, for it takes viewers away from the fancy bistros where abortionists peddle their wares and into the abyss. In the lab for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, viewers see a tray of aborted remains being picked through like spare parts at a junkyard. The appalling sight of little feet and a perfect little hand that should have been on the cover of every newspaper in America curdles the blood.

Planned Parenthood has partners in its evildoing: In the seventh video, a former procurement technician for “StemExpress” describes how she was instructed to harvest an intact brain from a late-term fetus aborted by Planned Parenthood whose heart was still beating: “She gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face. I can’t even describe what that feels like.”

Despite having mutilated to death more innocent human beings than ISIS could ever dream of, Planned Parenthood received over $500 million in government funding last year. If these extraordinary videos cannot rouse America’s conscience to at least end taxpayer support for this diabolical organization, history will remember that ours was a generation that embraced evil with eyes wide open.

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  • I may be wrong, but I don’t think this horror has even been on the cover of THIS newspaper. Why aren’t the bishops, priests, Pope and everyone who claims to be a Catholic speaking about this… no, SCREAMING about this?! Their silence is frustrating and unconscionable.

    • A story about the undercover Planned Parenthood videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress was published in the July 31, 2015 issue of The Leaven. Kansas Catholic Conference executive director Michael Schuttloffel wrote about the videos in a column published in the Sept. 17, 2015 issue of The Leaven.