By now millions of Americans have seen the expose videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors facilitating and arranging for the ale of aborted baby body parts. The shocking undercover footage has resulted in efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood and multiple state investigations.
But how does the abortion business obtain the body parts of aborted babies to sell to biotech firms who eventually sell them to research firms and universities?
It turns out that Planned Parenthood shoots unborn babies with through the heart with poison to kill them — preserving their bodies enough to use the body for research down the road. The abortion giant does this by altering the now-banned partial-birth abortion technique.
After the Supreme Court upheld the national ban on partial-birth abortions, Planned Parenthood was so desperate to continue doing legal second-trimester abortions that they were willing to put women’s health at risk by misusing a drug for heart conditions to do the abortions.
The partial-birth abortion ban made it clear that abortion practitioners can’t mostly deliver an unborn child before doing the abortion and killing her. To get around the ban, they are using the drug digoxin to kill the baby inside the mother’s womb and then cause the mother to miscarry the dead baby’s body.
Digoxin is widely used in the treatment of various heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and congestive heart failure. But abortion practitioners admitted years ago in various interviews that they are misusing the drug in off-label use to do the second-trimester abortions.
The drug is administered with a long needle inserted into the abdomen and it has normal side effects such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. However, the drug can also cause premature delivery and there is a risk of infection.
The very first Planned Parenthood abortion practitioner caught arranging for the sale of aborted baby body parts confirms this is still the case. As The Federalist reports:
It’s clear Nucatola thinks the law is irrelevant—or, as she says, up for “interpretation.” She explains how abortion providers get around the law by injecting a fatal quantity of digoxin, a cardiotoxic drug, into the baby’s heart before dismembering or delivering it. In Nucatola’s words, using the slang for digoxin, they “dig.”
She explains: “Providers who use digoxin use it for one of two reasons. There’s a group of people who just use it so they have no risk of violating the Federal Abortion Ban. Because if you induce a demise before the procedure, nobody’s going to say you did a ‘live’—whatever the federal government calls it. Partial-birth abortion.” The second reason providers use it is “because they actually think it makes the tissue softer and it makes it safer and easier to do the procedure.” She counts herself in the second group.
So, if you “dig,” you’re guaranteed a dead baby and a successful abortion without having to worry about the law. Moreover, you’ll find that a baby that has already died from a heart attack is apparently “softer” and easier to pull apart with metal instruments.
The second Planned Parenthood abortion doctor caught selling aborted baby parts also confirmed digoxin is used.
In the second video, we find out explicitly from Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Mary Gatter that abortions performed with feticides aren’t viable for fetal-tissue donation. If digoxin is used, it renders the fetal stem cells unusable.
Knowing this, Nucatola’s graphic explanation of how to “crush” unborn babies to maximize organ retrieval requires a clarifier. These babies are being strategically maneuvered, crushed, and dismembered under ultrasound guidance—while still alive.
This poses an ethical question. Do the women consenting to fetal-tissue donation understand what’s happening during the procedure? Do they know that their babies are alive at the start of the butchering? A 2001 study showed that 91 percent of women in the study “preferred their fetuses were dead before the abortions.” How “informed” is their informed consent?
It also poses a legal question. Is Planned Parenthood breaking the law—whether in its procedures for “donating” fetal tissue or by altering abortion methods—in order to get better specimens? If so, stripping it of federal funding would be a half-measure.
Not only do Planned Parenthood abortion clinics use digoxin, other abortion clinics use the same process. They, too, may be selling the bodies of aborted babies and should be investigated.