This past week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) denied a request from Federalist reporter, Mary Hasson, regarding information on federal funds Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, received for advice on “healthy baby” births. The Federalist reports that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asked for all documentation and communications related to those funds and asked for an expedited delivery.
However, HHS has already denied Hasson’s request because they believe it isn’t “urgent” and doesn’t garner significant public interest. They explained, “Further, in order to meet second prong of the compelling need standard, the requested information must be the type of information that has a particular value that will be lost if not disseminated quickly, and ordinarily refers to a breaking news story of general public interest.”
Hasson filed the request after Nucatola was caught in a shocking expose’ video describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted babies. In the video, Nucatola admits that the abortion giant charges per-specimen for baby body parts, uses altered abortion procedures in order to get salable parts, and is aware of their own liability for doing so and takes steps to cover it up.
The truth is the Planned Parenthood video was very news worthy and garnered over two million views on YouTube. Additionally, lawmakers from across the country said they would do everything they could to defund the abortion giant.
In fact, on July 15th, Speaker John Boehner said that committees in the House of Representatives would look into the grisly video.
In a statement he said, “Nothing is more precious than life, especially an unborn child. When anyone diminishes an unborn child, we are all hurt, irreversibly so. When an organization monetizes an unborn child – and with the cavalier attitude portrayed in this horrific video – we must all act. As a start, I have asked our relevant committees to look into this matter. I am also calling on President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to denounce, and stop, these gruesome practices.”
As LifeNews previously reported, in the video actors posing as buyers from 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.”