We may never know the full extent of evil that goes on behind Planned Parenthood's closed doors. But we know enough. In a world where killing is currency and empires are built on the backs of innocent children, maybe nothing should surprise us. And yet, it does -- with every new story of the abortion industry's inhumanity.
This morning, pro-lifers awoke to another scandal: the news that Planned Parenthood -- the same organization President Obama routinely praises, speaks to, and fundraises for -- is involved in a black market of body parts. The ghoulish details are the subject of an undercover video just released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), featuring a woman extremely high up in Planned Parenthood's chain of command: Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola.
In a nonchalant conversation over lunch, when most people would have lost their appetite, Nucatola tamely describes how she orchestrates abortions to produce the "intact parts" clients want. Posing as buyers from a human biologics company, CMP carefully pulls back the curtain on the dark world of human harvesting. Like something out of a science fiction novel, Nucatola casually explains that the organization charges anywhere from $30 to $100 per piece, depending on the demand for the specific organ or tissue.
"There is not [an abortion] provider out there," she says enthusiastically, "who doesn't want this. Everybody just sees this as a way to add another layer of good on top of what they're already doing." With shocking clarity, Nucatola sips her wine and talks about how she personally coaches clinics to perform abortions that minimize the damage on the baby's profitable parts. "If you maintain enough of a dialogue with the person who's actually doing the procedure, so they understand what the end-game is, there are little things, changes they can make in their technique to increase your success."
So then, she explains, "you're just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers. You try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I'm not gonna crush that part, I'm going to basically crush below, I'm gonna crush above, and I'm gonna see if I can get it all intact." Sometimes, Nucatola shares, she studies the abortion schedule of the day on the lookout for marketable organs. "I'll actually collect what you want sometimes, and put it aside." So you do that, CMP asks? "If I see it. Why not? I'm right there. Oh, for sure, I mean to me, I don't know, it makes the procedure that much better..."
Of course, Nucatola cautions over and over again, Planned Parenthood is extremely careful not to look like they're cashing in on the arrangement -- despite the bodies of evidence to the contrary. For obvious reasons, the organization doesn't openly admit to scavenging unborn children for their parts. Like most of its business model, this wouldn't exactly help Planned Parenthood's struggling PR image.
But public opinion should be the least of the group's concerns. Trafficking in human body parts is a serious crime (not that the law has ever stopped Planned Parenthood before). Violating the partial-birth abortion ban alone is punishable by $250,000 and/or up to 2 years in prison. Add selling human fetal tissue, and Cecile Richards's group is looking at a federal felony with a half-million dollar fine and 10-year jail term. Yet when CMP explained in a separate video what help Nucatola had been with their harvesting efforts, Richards replied, "Oh, good. Great. She's amazing." Meaning that the knowledge of this fetal farming goes all the way to the top.
For an organization whose hands are already dirtied by sex trafficking, gender targeting, unsanitary clinic conditions, multi-million dollar fraud, and sexual abuse cover-ups -- dismembering babies for sale is hardly the kind of retail business you want to hang a shingle over. And yet Americans continue to be unwilling investors in this taxpayer-funded Frankenstein. If this doesn't persuade the government to act, I don't know what will. It's time for Congress to launch an immediate investigation into Planned Parenthood's grisly side business. Pick up the phone and call your congressman (some of whom are already speaking out) and demand a full-scale inquiry on the President's favorite "nonprofit."
When the President said he wanted to makeover the military, lifting the ban on transgenders isn't what most people had in mind. With less than 18 months left in his mission of "fundamentally transforming America" President Obama is accelerating the effort to repeal the ban stopping men and women suffering from gender confusion from serving in the military.
In an announcement Monday, Secretary Ash Carter said, "The Defense Department's regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions." No, what distracts commanders from their core missions are ridiculous social experiments like this one. As part of the statement, Carter launched a six-month study on the impact of repealing the ban -- which, if it's anything like "Don't Ask, Don't Tell's," will have no bearing whatsoever on the final decision-making. And, after five years of that experiment, support for the repeal isn't exactly growing. Just a third (32%) of voters now think open homosexuality is a good thing for the military -- an all-time low, Rasmussen found.
While LGBT activists cheer, others can only shake their heads in astonishment. "Considering the abysmal condition of our military and a decline in readiness, why is this a top priority for the Obama administration?" our own Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin asked. If the President were as focused on the world's threats like he was focused on LGBT activism, America would be the safest, most powerful country in the world. Instead, the White House is so busy using the troops as carriers for his social engineering that our military can't even confront the real enemy. It all confirms what former Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote in his book -- that the only time he sensed passion from the President about any issue involving the military was overturning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Meanwhile, U.S. veterans (if they aren't on waiting lists for health care) watch helplessly as the blood they poured out to help stabilize the Middle East is lost while this administration pushes an agenda to persuade Americans that the country's current policy is "discriminatory." But the reality is, the military discriminates constantly in its attempts to find the best physical and mental recruits it can. Why is this any different? Otherwise qualified men and women are turned away from the military every day for bad eyes, flat feet, asthma, and a host of other truly immutable characteristics. Yet in the phony name of fairness, our leaders would willingly let people into the military whose mental state is not only unstable -- but a detriment to their fellow service members? It's illogical. Allergies can keep you out of the military, but gender dysphoria can't?
The tension with China and Iran is escalating, and America's strength is declining. Instead of Humvees, we're buying hormones. A military whose budget was cut to bare bones will suddenly be forking over millions of dollars for surgeries, therapies, pills, and retrofitting of facilities. And for what? Certainly not to make the military more capable of performing its mission. It is time for our nation's military leaders to put their stars on the line and tell the President "no."
The thousands of men and women who serve in our military follow the orders flowing from the Pentagon, trusting that their leaders are doing what is necessary to accomplish the military's mission -- not the deviant agenda of this President. To understand the disruption this repeal could cause, get the facts on transgenderism. Check out FRC's new paper, "Responding to the Transgender Movement."
The same President who wants to put transgendered people on the front lines says we should trust his judgment on Iran. That will be a tall order for most Americans, who have watched from the sidelines as this administration fumbles even the most basic foreign policy decisions. Now, almost seven years into his record of leading from behind, President Obama insists that his administration's losing streak is over with a deal that our closest ally has described as a "historic mistake."
Congress will have 60 days to review the deal that eases arms and economic restrictions on Iran. As a result of the deal, billions of dollars would flow to the regime -- which, as most conservatives point out, will almost certainly fund more terrorism. In exchange, President Rouhani would offer his word that Iran would cut back its nuclear program. (A word, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points out, hasn't exactly been iron-clad.) "We were told to give President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif a chance to bring change and moderation to Iran," Netanyahu has said. "Some change! Some moderation! Rouhani's government hangs gays, persecutes Christians, jails journalists, and executes even more prisoners than before."
Congress can reject the deal, sending it back to the White House for President Obama's veto of that rejection -- after which, stopping it would require a two-thirds vote from Congress. "Moving forward, I welcome a robust debate in Congress on the details of this deal," the President claimed. But apparently not too robust -- since he continues, "I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal."
Meanwhile, Americans like Pastor Saeed Abedini have nothing to gain or lose in the agreement. Once again, the White House refused to make their release a condition of any deal. The same administration that moved heaven, earth, and five terrorists to get a traitor back has once again shrugged its shoulders at four Americans who sit as prisoners of the very regime he is negotiating with. "I plead with Congress to ensure that my husband, an American citizen, is not left behind," Saaed's wife, Naghmeh, said in a statement. "I plead with each member of Congress to review the deal with our family at the forefront of their thoughts. Congress holds the key to bringing my husband home, to returning the father to my children."
Seats aren't the only thing filling up at next month's Values Voter Summit -- so is the program. Conservative stars are packing out the schedule across the Friday and Saturday event -- and FRC Action is pleased to announce that Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La.) is among them. The Louisiana Governor and presidential candidate, whose popularity has climbed with his recent defense of religious liberty, will be making his third appearance at VVS, which is slated for September 25-27 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. He joins confirmed GOP candidates Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Senator Rick Santorum, Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Rick Perry, and Dr. Ben Carson. Visit ValuesVoterSummit.org and register today! Tickets are just $119 for adults and $50 for students (scholarships are available).
** Don't miss my interview with Kentucky Clerk Casey Davis on yesterday's "Washington Watch." His courage after the Supreme Court's marriage ruling is guaranteed to encourage you!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.