In a newly-released undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), abortionist and former Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of Arizona DeShawn Taylor suggests that born alive babies from abortion procedures are sometimes allowed to die rather than being sent to the hospital as the law requires.
Investigators for CMP collected footage from a reception at a Planned Parenthood conference, posing as as buyers from Stem Express, a biotech company. In their discussion surrounding late-term abortions and intact fetuses in order to harvest body parts, Dr. Taylor explains that babies who are born alive are supposed to be transported to the hospital by law. When pressed, she explains their actions with the living babies depend on “who’s in the room,” suggesting the babies are sometimes left to die.
Taylor explains to the investigators, “In Arizona, if the fetus comes out with any signs of life, we’re supposed to transport it. To the hospital.” When one investigator then asks, “Is there any standard procedure for verifying signs of of life?”
Taylor replies, “Well, the thing is, I mean the key is, you need to pay attention to who’s in the room, right?”
Taylor then laughs as she repeats what the Arizona law requires, and says, “It’s a mess. It’s a mess.”
Taylor, who provides abortions up to 24 weeks, says on camera that intact aborted babies are often troubling for her staff, since they come out “looking like a baby.”
“It’s not a matter of how I feel about it coming out intact, but I gotta worry about my staff and people’s feelings about it coming out looking like a baby,” she tells the undercover reporter.
The abortionist also complains about how “creepy” it is when babies she’s killed are called “babies.”
“We have the people who do our paperwork for the fetal death certificates, they email us calling them ‘babies’. Baby this, baby that, baby so-and-so, and I’m like, that’s creepy!”
Taylor also jokes about having to “hit the gym” because some of her dismemberment abortions require so much force:
Taylor acknowledges that the feticidal chemical digoxin cannot be used in an abortion where fetal body parts will be harvested for sale, but she remarks that in a standard dismemberment dilation and evacuation abortion, “My biceps appreciate when the dig[oxin] works,” to kill the fetus before the procedure. “I remember when I was a [Family Planning] Fellow and I was training, I was like, Oh, I have to hit the gym for this,” she says, describing the force she feels in her biceps when performing a dismemberment abortion with forceps.
The year-old collection of undercover videos from CMP has been trouble for Planned Parenthood, exposing them for potential heinous and illegal acts. “The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2),” notes LifeNews. “In December, after over a year of comprehensive, nationwide investigation, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel referred Planned Parenthood Federation of America, several of the largest Planned Parenthood affiliates in the country, and three of their fetal parts business associates to the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice for criminal prosecution.”
But in a political move, the reporters exposing Planned Parenthood have been targeted. On Tuesday, CPM’s David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were charged with 15 felony counts for their undercover investigative journalism. Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro reports:
In 2015, Daleiden and Merritt released video showing high-ranking Planned Parenthood members joking about selling baby body parts for market rates and picking through baby body parts in order to demonstrate which sorts of body parts were available for sale for medical research, as well as talking about the best methods of abortion for procuring those baby body parts. The California Department of Justice, under the auspices of now-Senator Kamala Harris, raided Daleiden’s home for footage in April 2016; last year, the state of Texas pursued charges against Daleiden and Merritt, but those charges were thrown out.
So, here’s the question: where’s the media, rushing to the defense of these undercover journalists?
Of course, there will be no swell of media elites coming to the defense of these reporters.