Congress Calls for Probe over 'Trafficked Baby Parts'
There is growing outrage on Capitol Hill over new allegations that Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts. Congress now says it will investigate the charges.
A video recorded last year reportedly shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola, a Planned Parenthood executive, casually sipping wine while speaking about aborted baby parts with two actors posing as reps from a human biologics company.
"We've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver because we know that, 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," she tells them.
The video sparked protests on Capitol Hill.
"America should not be giving one penny to an organization that trafficks in baby parts," Rev. Pat Mahoney, with the Christian Defense Coalition, said.
"Planned Parenthood's practice of brutally dismembering young and defenseless human beings is outrageous and atrocious enough. And these new revelations seal the deal," James Conrad, with Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, said.
Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said this practice is not new and he's seen order forms for fetal hearts, lungs, livers, brains and even eyes.
Father Frank Pavone, with Priests for Life, reacts to the undercover video alleging Planned Parenthood is harvesting body parts.
"This is horrific enough. This is offensive enough to the American people that it [warrants] a congressional investigation," he said.
Three Republican-led congressional committees have already announced they will in fact investigate whether Planned Parenthood is selling organs from aborted babies.
"When an organization monetizes an unborn child -- and with the cavalier attitude portrayed in this horrific video -- we must all act," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.
Boehner also called on the White House to "denounce and stop these gruesome practices."
Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferrero defended the organization on Wednesday.
"These outrageous claims are flat-out untrue, but that doesn't matter to politicians with a longstanding political agenda to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood," Ferrero said.
The abortion provider says it's only been donating the body parts at the wish of the mothers and any money received is to reimburse it for transporting those body parts.
Ferrero said women donating fetal tissue for research "should be honored, not attacked and demeaned."
Federal law prohibits the sale of body parts of aborted babies. But experts say the law is so narrow and weak that Planned Parenthood may still be technically in compliance.
Watch the video below from the Center for Medical Progress.