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Dr. Gatter is as eager as ever to talk price points and “specimens”… “What kind of volume do you need, and what gestational ages?” …

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Anika Smith is an associate editor at The Stream, April 27, 2017

Planned Parenthood has trafficked in human organs. We know that they don’t merely “donate tissue” but negotiate the sale of baby body parts.

Just ask Mary Gatter, the Planned Parenthood doctor who once joked that she “wanted a Lamborghini” while haggling over the price of a dead baby’s organs.

Dr. Gatter is the Medical Directors’ Council President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She isn’t a fringe figure in the world of abortion providers — she’s the leading light. And she has a starring role in a new undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

If you thought maybe Dr. Gatter’s previous video simply showed her on a bad day, check out this new footage.

Dr. Gatter is as eager as ever to talk price points and “specimens” with a tissue buyer she has just met at a conference. She cuts right to the chase. Identifying herself in her role with the clinic at Planned Parenthood of Pasadena, she asks:

“What kind of volume do you need, and what gestational ages?” Her eye gleams as she raises an eyebrow to the tissue buyer. She explains that she “did it in L.A., I’m committed to it. I think it’s a great idea… you have to pay a little money for use of the space, but we’re not greedy about that.”

For use of the space is weasel-speak used by abortion profiteers. It means blood money, and it’s very different from a shared rental agreement. When the prospective buyer asks about what she’d expect “in terms of compensation,” Gatter explains the numbers: “Per specimen, like $75 a specimen, or $50 a specimen?”

The buyer explains that he’s been quoting $50. Gatter is quick to correct him on the current state of the fetal tissue market.

“Fifty is on the low end. Fifty was, like, twelve years ago.”

If this were a nominal fee for the use of space at the clinic, the numbers would be about time and square footage, not volume and gestational age. But this is about the market for baby body parts, which has been around for more than a decade. And in that time it’s seen 50% growth.

No wonder Planned Parenthood was so willing to discuss these transactions with a potential buyer.

Gatter has a lot of experience to share. She “believes in it,” after all. As the Medical Director for PPLA, she oversaw their partnership with Novogenix Laboratories, a local for-profit fetal organ and tissue harvesting company. In the video, she tells her potential buyer about her relationship with Novogenix and how they went up to 24 weeks at PPLA and a “lovely tech” regularly visited two of their sites to harvest fetal organs.

From CMP:

According to contracts and invoices, the real-life fetal organ and tissue wholesaler companies Novogenix, StemExpress, and Advanced Bioscience Resources all made monthly payments to Planned Parenthood based on the number of resalable fetal specimens the wholesalers’ workers could harvest inside the abortion clinics. Planned Parenthood told Congressional investigators it kept no contemporaneous records of actual costs for reimbursement under the law.

The Novogenix contract promises Planned Parenthood Los Angeles $45 “per donated specimen.” Planned Parenthood Los Angeles does over 15,000 abortions every year, but has never publicly admitted how much money they received total under their contract with Novogenix. In December 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel both referred Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and Novogenix to the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice for further investigation and criminal prosecution.

CMP project lead David Daleiden notes, “The fact that Novogenix, StemExpress, and ABR stationed their own workers inside Planned Parenthood abortion clinics to perform the harvesting, packaging, and transport of aborted baby body parts demonstrates that Planned Parenthood had no reimbursable costs under the law. The volume-based sums that Planned Parenthood charged these businesses for baby parts are criminal trafficking and profiteering in fetal body parts. The U.S. Department of Justice should take heed of the Congressional investigations’ criminal referrals and prosecute Planned Parenthood to the full extent of the law, and taxpayers must stop being forced to subsidize Planned Parenthood’s criminal abortion empire.”

If you want to watch the unedited, full video clip, the Center for Medical Progress made that available here.

Dr. Gatter is as eager as ever to talk price points and “specimens”… “What kind of volume do you need, and what gestational ages?” …



Anika Smith is an associate editor at The Stream. She grew up in a small logging community on the West Coast, where she took part in her first political protest, against the spotted owl (“families first, owls last”), at age 5. She moved to Seattle for college and spent a decade falling in love with the greatest city ever, even if its denizens did call her a Stepford Wife Republican™ after she wrote a column in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer supporting Sarah Palin’s VP nomination.

She has been leading worship for fifteen years and occasionally talks her friends into performing with her at parties. She wanted to go to heaven for her sixth birthday because her dad told her that she could sing with Roy Orbison when she got there.

Before working at The Stream, Anika was as an editor the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a project director at the National Association of Evangelicals, and a policy analyst at the Discovery Institute.