Planned Parenthood opposes ultrasounds, except to save baby parts to sell

ultrasoundPlanned Parenthood has a long history of opposing ultrasounds for expectant mothers considering abortion, but in a recent undercover video, the organization’s top doctor admits to using ultrasounds during abortions in order to preserve the organs of unborn children, in order to sell them to medical research firms afterward.

The use of ultrasounds before an abortion is performed has become a contentious point in the abortion debate. Pro-life advocates insist that it is necessary to give expectant mothers a better understanding of the level of development an unborn child has reached. reports that 78% of expectant mothers who view an ultrasound decide against the abortion they are seeking. Abortion supporters oppose the practice, especially when states pass laws requiring abortion providers to provide ultrasounds and show the results to the mother. likening it to a violation on par with rape. When the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas law requiring an ultrasound before an abortion, Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards called the law “an abhorrent precedent.”

However, when it comes to salvaging organs from aborted children to sell, the ultrasound suddenly becomes essential. Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the Senior Director of Medical Services of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the woman featured in the undercover video released by The Center for Medical Progress, spoke about the need for ultrasound to ensure valuable organs are not damaged during an abortion, so they can later be sold:

“I’d say a lot of people want liver, and for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps…We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, 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.”

The hypocrisy here is not only stunning, it is disgusting. It will be interesting to see how Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards can justify denying a mother the chance to see her baby’s heartbeat with an ultrasound, then use ultrasound to ensure that heart is undamaged so it can be sold after an abortion.

H/T: The Dallas Morning News

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