The Center for Medical Change, an anti-abortion group, released a video that was reportedly shot with a hidden camera, showing Planned Parenthood doctor Deborah Nucatola discussing the sale of fetal organs with actors posing as medical professionals.
Released last week, this video has gone viral with over one million views on YouTube.
There are two versions of this video on the Internet. The Youtube version of the conversation lasts for nearly nine minutes while the second version is an unedited, two hour and forty-minute video. However, the longer version has only 40,000 views.
In the video, Nucatola discussed a fee of $30 to $100 dollars to harvesting organs. She clarified the fee was associated with the clinic’s expenses for organ retrieval.
In Planned Parenthood’s official statement, Vice President of Communications Eric Ferrero said that there is no money changing hands in an unlawful way and clarified that Planned Parenthood is not making any revenue from these procedures.
“Our medical practices and guidelines in this area are clear, and we do this important work just like other high-quality health care providers—with full, appropriate consent from patients, under the highest ethical and legal standards, and with no financial benefit for the patient or Planned Parenthood,” Ferrero said in the statement.
The Center for Medical Progress responded to Planned Parenthood’s statement, saying that Planned Parenthood was lying and had taken no such measures to procure consent from the donating mothers but had no evidence to back up this claim.
Several politicians ordered Planned Parenthood clinics in their respective states to be investigated for the unlawful selling of fetus organs.
Politicians were not the only ones who made strong statements regarding the allegations. The Internet exploded with angry Tweets and Facebook posts.
Not all of these Internet comments are politically charged. Some were upset about the nonchalant tone Nucatola used when speaking about the ways in which abortion can be performed to better preserve the organs attempting to be harvested.
Regardless if money was exchanged or not, there is no denying the tone in which Nucatola discussed the techniques used in the procedure.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, released a statement apologizing for Nucatola’s lack of empathy in her tone, thanking the women who chose to donate to medical causes and reiterated that the allegations against Planned Parenthood are not true.
In addition to her statement, Richards tweeted that she intends to continue fighting for patients.
While this video used graphic language and may be perceived as disturbing, no official report has been released stating the Planned Parenthood was indeed guilty of these claims. In fact, Obama’s administration claimed they will not be pulling any funding for Planned Parenthood despite complaints.
As an organization, Planned Parenthood is no stranger to pointed fingers and outraged people. There are whispers that this is just the first of many videos to come.