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Planned Parenthood Fire Sale: Fresh Hearts, Eyes and Gonads, oh my!

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The latest installment in a series of videos exposing Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue harvesting activities catches the nation’s biggest abortion provider ghoulishly discussing the sale of fresh body parts, including the heart, eyes and gonads of unborn babies.

The 10th video by The Center for Medical Progress also shows Planned Parenthood officials admitting that they know they are breaking the law by selling aborted baby body parts for profit.

In the video, Deborah VanDerhei, the national director of the organization’s Consortium of Abortion Providers, describes the harvesting of fetal body parts as “donation for remuneration.”

Also highlighted are conversations with the grandmotherly Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, senior medical advisor for PPFA, and Dr. Vanessa Cullins, vice president for external medical affairs for PPFA.

Via Life News:

“We’ve just been working with people who want particular tissues, like, you know, they want cardiac, or they want eyes, or they want neural,” says Dr. Westhoff to a prospective fetal organ buyer. “Certainly, everything we provide–oh, gonads! Oh my God, gonads. Everything we provide is fresh.” Westhoff continues, “Obviously, we would have the potential for a huge P.R. issue in doing this,” before offering to introduce the buyers to “national office abortion people” from Planned Parenthood.

Deborah VanDerhei is the National Director for CAPS, an influential committee within Planned Parenthood that drives abortion policy across the organization. VanDerhei refers to payments for fetal tissue as “donation for remuneration,” which carries the connotation of financial reward or benefit without regard for actual expenses. VanDerhei explains, “I have been talking to the executive director of the National Abortion Federation, we’re trying to figure this out as an industry, about how we’re going to manage remuneration, because the headlines would be a disaster.”

“Is this really worth getting–I don’t even know what in general, what a specimen generally brings in?” VanDerhei later asks a prospective buyer. When she is told $100 per specimen, she remarks, “But we have independent colleagues who generate a fair amount of income doing this.” VanDerhei suggests that Planned Parenthood goes to great lengths to avoid leaving a paper trail about their fetal tissue activity: “It’s an issue that you might imagine we’re not really that comfortable talking about on email.”

In another conversation, Vanessa Russo, compliance program administrator for Planned Parenthood Keystone in Pennsylvania, tells VanDerhei that “a company like this that wants to give our organization money for the tissue – I think that that’s a valid exchange, and that’s okay.”

VanDerhei, nodding her head approvingly, says, “Mm-hm.”

As The Center for Medical Progress notes in every video, "the sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2)."

Vanessa Cullins, the vice president of external medical affairs, seems fully aware of the criminal exposure that fetal body parts sales present to Planned Parenthood: “This is important. This could destroy your organization and us, if we don’t time those conversations correctly,” she tells a prospective buyer.

Watch the shocking video on the next page.