There’s a rule in crisis communications that says you should never fully acknowledge, apologize or excuse behavior you’ve kept secret until you’re sure your opponent has revealed everything they have on you. After all, if you configure your response too early, subsequent revelations are likely to undercut your carefully concocted excuses, sending them crashing to the floor, and destroying your credibility.
I suspect that the Center for Medical Progress anticipated that Planned Parenthood was unfamiliar with that rule, which is why they’ve rolled out their second video today, well after Planned Parenthood is on record saying that they’re not trafficking in aborted baby parts, that they take money from specimen retailers only to reimubrse their costs in harvesting them, and that the procedure they follow is perfectly legal (though, as Healther Wilhelm pointed out, when “legality” became the substitute for “morality” is unclear). In today’s CMP missive, Dr. Mary Gatter, a senior medical director with Planned Parenthood, isn’t just casually discussing organ harvesting over wine and salad, she’s haggling over price.
Please note that the video is disturbing.
Gatter discusses the pricing of aborted baby body parts — telling the biotech company officials that the prices for such things as a baby’s liver, head or heart are negotiable. She also tells the officials that she could talk with the Planned Parenthood abortion practitioners to potentially alter the abortion procedure to kill the baby in a way that would best preserve those body parts after the unborn child is killed in the abortion.
The video shows Gatter haggling over payments for intact fetal specimens and offering to use a “less crunchy technique” to get more intact body parts.
Actors posing as buyers ask Gatter, “What would you expect for intact [fetal] tissue?
“Well, why don’t you start by telling me what you’re used to paying!” Gatter replies…
“Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine, if it’s still low, then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini.”
The last line is clearly a bit of gallows humor on Gatter’s part, and is quickly followed by a hearty bit of laughter. After all, there’s nothing more patently hilarious than trafficking in the harvested organs of second trimester aborted babies!
This video clearly isn’t as groundbreaking as the last one. The shock value of seeing Planned Parenthood policymakers and senior directors talk about chopping up children like a bunch of sociopaths has since worn off. But this video does make a very important point: that the “reimbursement process” for Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donation program is more nuanced than they admitted. When prodded for the price of her trouble, Gatter admits that it’s illegal to sell fetal tissue for a profit, but then also doesn’t reveal that it costs “X amount” of money for Planned Parenthood to collect a bottle of baby livers, or that they require “X amount” of money to cover preservation and transportation: she’s looking for the buyers to make an overture. They tell her what they’re willing to pay, and she tells them whether its “enough” to compensate her fully for her trouble. Gatter just wants the highest price she can get for the difficult work she’s doing.
In other words, while she can’t legally sell the baby parts, she’s certainly not looking to let them go for bargain basement pricing.