On July 16, Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) addressed the U.S. Senate regarding Planned Parenthood’s video showing their Medical Director, Deborah Nucatola, negotiating the sale of body parts of aborted babies it kills in its facilities.
In the video, which was seen by over two-million people, Nucatola admits that Planned Parenthood charges per-specimen for baby body parts, uses altered abortion procedures in order to get intact body parts, and is aware of their own liability for doing so and takes steps to cover it up.
Sen. Lankford said, “This comes back to the ultimate irony that we would literally tear one child apart in an abortion with the assumption that that would ultimately help some other child in the future. [They are] missing the significance of the child that is right there that could be helped by protecting their life. And then the doctor in this particular video gives the details of how … they would be careful to reach in and actually crush the head of the child to kill the child in the womb so that they could preserve the rest of the organs. Because the kidney has value, because the liver has value, because the lungs have value, because the muscles in the legs have value.”
He added, “I would tell you, that child has value. And that every single adult that can hear me right now was once twenty weeks in the womb. And we can look at each other and understand that the [only] difference between that child in the womb and any of us now is time.”
Later Sen. Lankford said that our response should be to ban late-abortion in America and defund Planned Parenthood. He concluded, “Let’s start with some basic things. How about a child at 20 weeks–that we know scientifically can feel pain—cannot have their limbs ripped apart in an abortion? Maybe we should ask the question again with Planned Parenthood, who we give half a billion dollars in [government] funding to. Maybe this is not a good idea.”
As LifeNews previously reported, in the undercover footage released by the Center for Medical Progress the actors posing as buyers for a biologics company ask Nucatola, “How much of a difference can that actually make, if you know kind of what’s expected, or what we need?”
“It makes a huge difference,” Nucatola replies. “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. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part.”
Nucatola concludes, “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.”
Listen to Sen. Lankford’s speech on the Senate Floor in the video below.