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New Video Shows Planned Parenthood Exec Again Discussing Fetal-Tissue Prices

In July 2015, a Planned Parenthood senior executive was caught on camera discussing payments for fetal tissue from aborted babies, saying with a laugh, “I want a Lamborghini” while negotiating the prices set for each organ.

Yesterday, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) — the group that shot the series of videos from summer 2015 — released a new undercover video showing that same executive, Dr. Mary Gatter, once again haggling over per-specimen pricing for fetal livers, lungs, and brains.

In the video, Gatter is introduced to CMP investigators who are posing as potential fetal-tissue buyers. “I did it in LA. I’m committed to it. I think it’s a great idea,” she tells them, referring to providing fetal tissue to researchers. After describing the type of abortions performed at her Pasadena clinic, Gatter asks, “What kind of volume do you need and what gestational ages?”

Here’s a transcription of the video’s central exchange:

CMP: Most people now seem to be doing per specimen.

Gatter: Per specimen. Like $75 a specimen? . . . or $50 a specimen?

CMP: What we’ve been quoting is $50 per specimen. I think some people are doing more, some slightly less.

Gatter: Yeah, $50’s on the low end, $50 [per specimen] was like twelve years ago.

They go on to discuss logistics, including the need for the biotech company to provide a staffer to perform the actual harvesting. This detail is important because it reveals that Planned Parenthood did not perform any labor associated with harvesting, meaning that any money the corporation accepted was purely profit. (Federal law permits reimbursement for specified costs in a fetal-tissue donation, but prohibits the purchase and sale of the organs and tissues themselves.)

Gatter served for many years as medical director of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, where she instigated the affiliate’s partnership with Novogenix Laboratories, LLC, one of several biotech companies that purchase fetal tissue from abortion clinics and resell it at a profit to medical-research groups.

The recent congressional investigation into the fetal-tissue-trafficking industry uncovered contracts and invoices showing that Gatter’s affiliate, among others, accepted illegal payments from groups like Novogenix for providing baby body parts to researchers. The Novogenix contract, for example, promises Planned Parenthood Los Angeles $45 “per donated specimen.”

Planned Parenthood still refuses to provide records documenting the money they received in total from biotech firms, despite having been referred by Congress to federal, state, and local law-enforcement agencies for criminal investigation.

Just this week, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter to the Justice Department and the FBI, asking whether either has taken action in response to those criminal referrals. He requested a response by May 8.

Watch the brand-new undercover video from CMP here:

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