U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ), co-chair of the Bipartisan
Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, made the following comments
July 15 at a Capitol Hill press conference on the recently
released video of a Planned Parenthood official discussing
baby body parts as commodities to be sold:
"Fifteen years ago, I authored the Trafficking Victims
Protection Act of 2000 - the landmark law that combats the
exploitation of human beings, mostly women and children - a
cruelty that reduces victims to commodities for sale.
Yesterday we learned of another cruel manifestation of human
Yesterday we learned that Planned Parenthood is trafficking
in baby body parts and intact organs like livers and hearts
charging up to $100 or more per body part.
Not only has Planned Parenthood killed over 7 million
innocent babies in their chain of abortion clinics but now
undercover video by the Center for Medical Progress - part of
a three year investigative journalism study-shows high
ranking Planned Parenthood officials explaining how they sell
and profit from the sale of the organs of their victims.
In one clip, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Planned
Parenthood Federation of America's Medical Services - and an
abortionist herself-explains '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.'
Dr. Nucatola says on camera, '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.'
In other words, crush the baby to death but do it in a way
that preserves certain organs and body parts for sale.
Dr. Nucatola even suggests on tape creating a 'menu.'
Current law that proscribes altering abortion procedures in
order to procure baby organs and body parts as well as the
law that says it is 'unlawful for any person to knowingly
acquire, receive or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue
for valuable consideration' need to be enforced and if need
be, strengthened. The ban on partial-birth abortion and the
Born Alive Infant Protection Act may have relevance here, as
does the House-passed Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection
Congress must - and will - investigate and put an end to
these barbaric practices."