September 04, 2015

Confronted with the truth about abortion clinics, Planned Parenthood Ottawa complains about drop in donations

Andrea MrozekRebel Blogger

Planned Parenthood Ottawa is publicly complaining about a decrease in donations. Their president, Lauren Dobson-Hughes, has taken to Twitter and the media to complain that they have been targeted. 

“A small group who oppose health care for women and trans people have put unacceptable pressure on Planned Parenthood Ottawa's funders … harassing them and threatening to expose them in the media," she says.

This is interesting, not the least of the reasons is “why now?” Planned Parenthood supports abortion, yes, but this is not newly divisive. Pro-life versus pro-choice folks have been going at it for almost 30 years since the Supreme Court decided R v. Morgentaler, leaving Canada without any abortion law at all.

So what could it be? Why specifically now would Planned Parenthood donations diminish? This a question they would rather let fade into obscurity.

On July 28, a group calling themselves the Center for Medical Progress began releasing an investigative sting operation into the practices of Planned Parenthood south of the border. Two actors, posing as buyers of organs for research purposes got undercover video showing that Planned Parenthood in the USA engages in the sale of fetal hearts, livers, kidneys and heads (“calvarium”) for profit

The video evidence, all of which is available in full online, shows Planned Parenthood executives in different states discussing fetal organs with infinitely less concern than your auto mechanic discusses car parts.

Quotes include one Planned Parenthood director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, saying, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver…so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

This while drinking a glass of wine and munching on a salad.

Additional videos show Planned Parenthood lab techs showing off bloody body parts - little legs, hands, arms, to the actors posing as buyers, declaring when it was “another boy” or a twin. The discussion of financial benefits is frequent and forthcoming, with one Planned Parenthood exec saying “she wants a Lamborghini.”

Federal law in the USA prohibits the sale of organs for profit, making this not merely morally problematic, but legally as well. Planned Parenthood USA gets a half a billion dollars from the American government federally. 

Needless to say, Planned Parenthood USA went into damage control mode. Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s Executive Director there said she regretted the tone of her staff, and emphasized that Planned Parenthood doesn’t profit by the sales.

Yet the grotesque videos - this display of callous indifference to women and their babies - remain online.  All but the most severe of ideologues can see that where fetal hearts are provided, still beating, for research purposes (yes, apparently this actually happens) we have a catastrophe on our hands.

In the States, Planned Parenthood could once argue their health services were indispensable to the poor. With the advent of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, this is no longer the case. When the Senate voted on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood on August 3, even two Democrats crossed the floor to support it, in a country where abortion politics are even more divided than here. 

That measure did not succeed, but others have. Alabama, Louisiana and New Hampshire, among others, have defunded the organization at the state level.

All this to say that under these circumstances, taking to Twitter and the media to ask for additional funding is a brazen move, the sheer chutzpah of which I applaud, one woman to another.

Yet while this scandal is not the only reason for the current calls to defund Planned Parenthood in the USA today, it certainly is the biggest. It is no great surprise therefore that this should spill over to affect an organization that shares the same name, though not the same practices, in Canada. 

Planned Parenthood Ottawa can complain all they want, but so long as they share the name and legacy, they cannot rightfully expect anything different.  Are times ever so tough that the body parts of aborted fetuses should go up for sale?


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commented 2016-02-03 15:52:08 -0500
You people do realize that at planned parenthood they go through every single option there is, including adoption, social assistance, planning for the future, before they get to abortion right? That is why its called PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

Now everyone is worried that aborted fetuses that would end up in the trash anyways are going to be used to further science, and to harvest stem cells(ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS WE CAN HARVEST), to treat everything from spinal injuries to regrowing organs. You people are afraid of your own fucking shadows.

Did you also know god told you not to wear poly cotton blends? You can’t eat figs? or that eating lobster is a sin? Nah of course not cause that does not fit your narrow minded views of the world.

Lots of women and their significant others have to go through making this tough decision. You all scoff at the mention of a womans right to choose. Well it is simply just that, it concerns that woman, and her significant other, what they CHOOSE to do with their lives, and that of the unborn fetus. Do you really think that these decisions are so black and white all the time?
What about rape? “well she should at least give it up for adoption…” RIGHT cause you want to risk the chance of death, be emotionally fucked, sick and in pain for 9 months, and raise your rapists offspring because…life…

I am conservative in a political sense, as I see the party is better at maintaining a economy and reaching profitable goals with a country. But you people need to give up on the GOD SAID SO bullshit, and join the real world where your fairy tale is but one of 4000 guesses to what happens in the AFTERLIFE. Stop forgoing your current one for hopes the next one might exist.
commented 2016-02-03 15:38:37 -0500
This thread reads like a religious zealot handbook….
commented 2015-12-29 12:30:42 -0500
Planned Murderhood Atrocities…
commented 2015-10-19 10:09:42 -0400
I will never again contribute to any organization that is funding planned parenthood. Our government needs to stop contributing any money to this disgusting organization.
commented 2015-09-06 03:12:42 -0400
When does life begin, what lives matter enough to be counted, and should the nature of ones birth determine what one can do in life? Limitations brought about because one is born into the wrong caste or born a slave is something we tend to think of as being a third world issue. When the vote first became available it was limited to male landowners because they were thought to be the only ones that mattered enough for their voices to be heard. We like to think that we have progressed since then. Most types of discrimination are now illegal. Except for being conceived by parents that weren’t thinking about becoming parents. Biologically, each fetus is an individual human with unique DNA.

The fetus is totally dependent upon the mother while developing into a baby. There are other times in our lives when we are totally dependent upon others too, but during early childhood and late in life we have legal protections from being dismembered. In part by our legal system deciding that it is murder. Abortion is the slavery issue of our times, in my opinion. Margret Sanger’s shrivelled, racist heart would be delighted at the thought of not only rendering down so many “unfit” fetuses/babies, but also the possibility of selling the parts while they were at it (to defray costs and allow more eugenics based cleaning of the gene pool). Sunlight being the best disinfectant, I’m glad these investigative journalists have brought these practices into the open.
commented 2015-09-05 18:59:02 -0400
Drew said, “Funny how they can have racist practices and no one in the media party gives a damn”

That is because they do abortions and the media party fully supports abortions … ummm … I mean, “a womans’ right to choose”. Gotta get the correct euphemism so it does not express what is really happening.

There is no reason to doubt that Planned Parenthood in Canada is any different than in the US. Both should be shut down and the people that run them charged to to fullest extent of the law.
commented 2015-09-05 02:31:44 -0400
These people will eventually meet their creator and they will not be able to weasel out of their actions
commented 2015-09-05 02:30:56 -0400
Anne Smyth they are a selfish death cult, they would sell any baby. Funny how they can have racist practices and no one in the media party gives a damn
commented 2015-09-04 21:22:22 -0400
First; Planned Parenthood should change it’s name to planned anti-parenthood to be more accurate. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually do share the same practices as their counterpart in the U.S. of selling babies’ body parts. Just because there’s been no sting operation here in Canada doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It is involved in the industry of abortion strictly for the money, it has nothing to do with women’s health or reproduction other than to put women’s health at risk from invasive surgery and to dispose of the product of reproduction. I fully expect they operate just as unethically as their U.S. counterparts.
commented 2015-09-04 21:20:52 -0400
When ever I see “Planned Parenthood” and “abortion” in the same context … I just think , huh?