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Planned Parenthood videos change the debate

Hanna Keller, 19, center, and her sister Janae Keller, 13, of Rocklin joined anti-abortion protesters outside Planned Parenthood in Sacramento last month.
Hanna Keller, 19, center, and her sister Janae Keller, 13, of Rocklin joined anti-abortion protesters outside Planned Parenthood in Sacramento last month. rbyer@sacbee.com

Five undercover videos have been released showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing abortion procedures and the prices for the sale of aborted baby parts.

Planned Parenthood’s defenders say the videos are part of the same old, rehashed debate. No news here. Because an anti-abortion group made and released the videos, Planned Parenthood says, people should disregard them as propaganda from those on the other side of the debate.

But this is not the same old debate. It’s different. These videos have pulled the curtain back on the grisly world of Planned Parenthood. If we are to dismiss the videos because of the source, should we disregard information uncovered by all whistleblowers until they prove their totally unbiased motives?

Before these videos were released, Planned Parenthood supporters could defend the women’s “choice” while only seeing half of the story, from the other side of the curtain. They would maintain that it isn’t a baby; it’s merely an expendable collection of cells, like a tumor or some other growth to be removed.

Now we have a clearer picture of what actually happens behind Planned Parenthood’s doors. An executive on one of the videos describes crushing the body in a “less crunchy” way to save the “valued” pieces to be passed along for monetary compensation.

Women and girls, especially those in need, deserve so much better than what Planned Parenthood provides.

A doctor for Planned Parenthood talks about carefully killing the baby, better to preserve certain parts.

“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not going to crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m going to crush above, and I’m going to see if I can get it all intact,” she says between sips of wine over lunch.

If you support Planned Parenthood, I urge you to watch each video. You should know what you are supporting. Listen to the words of people doing the work. Nobody is putting those words in their mouths.

Watch when the executive picks apart pieces of an aborted baby with twisted enthusiasm declaring: “Another boy.” Look at the severed hand and five tiny fingers in the dish and be fully informed about what you are fighting for.

These videos also change the same old debate because they show Planned Parenthood executives discussing prices of baby body parts. They dance around and negotiate carefully.

There is reference by one official to upping the price because she wants a Lamborghini. In another part of the video, she said she’d ask around to see what the parts are going for, to ensure a fair price.

Today, in this country abortion is legal. But selling body parts is not.

When these gut-wrenching videos were released, Planned Parenthood’s chief executive apologized for the employees’ tone. The tone is not the problem. The problem is the brazen trivialization of life.

Women and girls, especially those in need, deserve so much better than what this group provides. Access to women’s health care is vital. But the question should be asked: Is this the organization to provide it? These conversations warrant further investigation.

Replace baby parts with African lion parts. Investigate then? Absolutely. A nation vilifies Cecil the lion’s killer. As the lion’s image adorned the side of the Empire State Building in tribute, millions of babies killed at the hands of this group were all but forgotten. Until now.

Ashley Giovannettone, former spokeswoman for President George W. Bush and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a consultant in Sacramento.

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