Elected Missouri Republicans say a hidden camera video does show Planned Parenthood’s director of medical research discussing harvesting organs after abortions, and selling them. That director also tells two people posing as potential buyers to consider the organization’s facility in St. Louis as a potential supplier.
“They do [second trimester abortions], they have a very extensive collaboration with all kinds of research, and they have a really dynamic medical director,” Dr. Deborah Nucatola says about St. Louis in the video. “I think that’s definitely worth your while. Just thinking of the map and if there was some place that was untapped, I would say St. Louis.”
State Senator Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) has written a letter to Attorney General Chris Koster (D), saying the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis should be investigated.
“It’s disturbing, it’s a violation of the law, and as I said to the Attorney General, it’s both legally and morally imperative that be prosecuted,” Schaefer told Missourinet.
He says several state laws would be violated if what he believes Dr. Deborah Nucatola is admitting to is happening.
“From trafficking human body parts to disposing of a baby in a way other than what the mother intended all the way to violations of Missouri’s merchandising practices act, because under the definition of ‘merchandise’ it includes ‘services,’ which is what Planned Parenthood delivers.”
Planned Parenthood says fees discussed by Nucatola are not profit, but cover the cost of shipping fetal remains to medical research facilities.
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder (R) is not convinced.
“The paid liars for Planned Parenthood are asking us to believe them instead of our own eyes and ears,” he said.
Kinder believes the video reveals things he calls “ghastly,” and “inhuman.”
“Now we have a video with the medical director of Planned Parenthood telling us what’s going on as she sips her wine and munches on her salad. Everyone should see the video.”
“Keep in mind,” said Schaefer, a pro-life Republican who is running for Attorney General, “that liver that they’re taking, that heart that they’re taking, as the woman in that video so callously says, that’s the organ that minutes before that was keeping that baby alive and they’re harvesting it in a particular way to keep it intact so they can sell it for some amount of money.”
While Schaefer and State Senator Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) are calling for Koster to investigation, Kinder is also seeking an investigation by the state legislature.
Planned Parenthood and its supporters say the video is heavily edited to paint the organization in the worst possible way, but Kinder and Schaefer says the evidence is found in the unedited version.