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Planned Parenthood's ghoulish top doc on selling body parts of aborted children

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This is one of the most evil things I’ve ever seen. It’s a hidden camera interview of Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the medical director of Planned Parenthood, eating lunch and talking about how her organization’s abortionists take special care with how they kill unborn children so Planned Parenthood can sell the body parts of the dismembered babies.

We allow this in America.

Not to worry, though; The Daily Beast reassures us that it’s all cool, because legal:

But although Nucatola’s comments raise questions about the acquisition of fetal tissue and the ethical issues surrounding its collection, the transfer of human fetal tissue is not illegal in the United States. Women undergoing abortions sometimes choose to donate fetal tissue for scientific research and abortion providers do not facilitate these donations without their explicit consent.
The law cited by the Center for Medical Progress—42 U.S. Code § 289g—2—prohibits the acquisition and transferring of human fetal tissue “for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.” A definition within the code notes that “‘valuable consideration’ does not include reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue.”

In other words, transferring human fetal tissue is legal in the United States provided that payments are for processing and transportation costs.

You have to watch the video to appreciate the full moral horror of this. That Nucatola ghoul masticates her salad while glibly talking about mining human body parts for resale. Amanda Marcotte — you knew she would chime in — concedes that this sounds incredibly horrible, but see, that’s only because we are hicks:

As someone who is squeamish, it was extremely difficult for me to listen to Nucatola talk about extracting liver, heart, and other parts to be donated to medical research. (I nearly fainted when a friend showed me the video of her knee operation once.) But people who work in medicine for a living do, in fact, become inured to the gore in a way that can seem strange to those of us who aren’t regularly exposed to it. She also thought she was speaking to people in her profession who would be similarly accustomed to this sort of thing.

Abortion is gross, no doubt about it. It becomes grosser the later in a pregnancy it gets. But so is heart surgery. So is childbirth, for that matter. We don’t deny people who need help in those cases because the help is gross. Nor should we deny people that help when it comes to needing abortion. We also shouldn’t deny women who want to donate fetal or embryonic remains to science any more than we would deny someone who wants to be an organ donor, even though the latter is also quite gross to ponder.

Is there any vile, inhuman thing people like Marcotte won’t embrace to defend the Sexual Revolution? Look, let’s say for the sake of argument that the undercover group gets the law completely wrong, and that what Planned Parenthood does is completely legal. Is it any less horrific? “Oh, it’s legal, so it’s fine.” Good grief. Selling slaves was once legal too.

At the rate this country is going, we conservatives are going to owe wild-eyed old Jeremiah Wright an apology.