Top Abortion Lobby Officials Feared Backlash if Fetal Tissue Sale Became Public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2015
Contact: Mallory Quigley, [email protected], 202-223-8073

SBA List Calls for Immediate Defunding of Planned Parenthood, Redirection of Funding to More Comprehensive Health Care Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. –This morning the Center for Medical Progress released a new video showing top abortion industry officials, including senior Planned Parenthood employees, discussing the sale of aborted baby body parts for profit. Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser responded, saying:

“This latest undercover footage is further evidence that Planned Parenthood profits from the illegal harvest and sale of the body parts of aborted children. Senior abortion industry officials feared the New York Times headlines if these facts were to be exposed, and now they have been. Taxpayer dollars should not be going to an organization whose abortionists strategically ‘crush,’ and use ‘less crunchy’ means to turn a profit from the broken bodies of aborted children.

“Now is the moment for Congress to make the case that Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion enterprise – should be defunded of the more than $500 million taxpayer dollars it receives each year and that the funding should be redirected to more comprehensive health care centers. No one should feel comfortable affixing his or her name to a budget that prolongs this atrocity. It is up to President Obama to make clear why he believes our government has no higher priority than guaranteeing that the abortion industry can continue the piecemeal sale of baby body parts –‘fresh’ liver, eyes, brain, gonads, and more – without losing a dime of taxpayer dollars.”

The following are quotes from the video, which can be viewed online here:

“We’ve just been working with people who want particular tissues, like, you know, they want cardiac, or they want eyes, or they want neural. Certainly, everything we provide–oh, gonads! Oh my God, gonads. Everything we provide is fresh.”
– Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, Senior Medical Advisor for Planned Parenthood

“This could destroy your organization and us, if we don’t time those conversations correctly.”
–Vanessa Cullins, Vice President of External Medical Affairs for Planned Parenthood

 “I have been talking to the executive director of the National Abortion Federation, we’re trying to figure this out as an industry, about how we’re going to manage remuneration, because the headlines would be a disaster.”

 “If they do it, that’s fine. We’re not going to say no. But we want them to think about, really, The New York Times headline. How could this go bad?”

“We have independent colleagues, who generate a fair amount of income doing this. And if they have smaller margins or don’t have the ability to fundraise because they’re not a non-profit, that’s really helpful… Well it’s an issue you might imagine that we’re not that comfortable talking about on email. And so we want to have the conversation in person.”
– Deb VanDerhei, National Director for the Consortium of Abortion Providers (CAPS)

The Susan B. Anthony List and its Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, spent $15.25 million in the 2014 election cycle to defeat pro-abortion incumbents and elect pro-life candidates to federal and statewide office. The SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.


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