RUSH: I had a story in the Stack yesterday about this Planned Parenthood butchery that I sloughed off to the side. I intended to get to it yesterday and I didn’t. I had a lot of things I intended to get to yesterday and I didn’t, a lot of audio sound bites on this Iranian thing. And I’m kind of glad I didn’t because it’s enabled me to study something. I’ve been paying attention to cable news all morning, and I’ve checked a couple of other news sites that would constitute the Drive-By Media. And I haven’t seen anything on this. I mean, hardly a reference.
All morning on CNN it’s been Trump. I mean, it’s Trump, Trump, Trump. They’re not even talking about the Iranian deal. They’re doing everything they can at CNN to cover up the absolute disaster that is Obama’s America. And while everybody realizes that we are living in the midst of a disaster, CNN focusing on Trump all morning, has the effect of associating him with the disaster.
I think that’s one of the purposes, not specifically, just we’re in a mess here, the Iranian deal’s over here, this Planned Parenthood butchery, and we’re talking Trump all day on CNN. It’s a way to not cover some of the really horrible things that are happening in this country and replace them with the bashing of Donald Trump, which I think has a subliminal effect of blaming Trump for it.
Fox is giving this some coverage, not a whole lot. But it’s just the sickest, it is the most evil, it is the most depraved thing that I have heard in a long while. And I think precisely because it is sick and evil and depraved is why mainstream Drive-By Media outlets are not covering it. Now, the Associated Press is, but the Associated Press has joined Planned Parenthood in the sickness and in the evil and in the depravity in the way they are attempting to report this.
And, of course, here I am talking about this, and I’m reminded of all of the Republicans over the years who have warned me and thumped me in the chest with their fingers and warned me away from this. “You gotta stop talking about the social issues. The social issues are killing us, Rush, and you’ve got the power to get everybody to stop talking about it.” Social issues always meant abortion. “You can get people to stop talking about it. People listen to you. But they’re killing us, the social issues are killing us.”
And it’s only been recently that I finally discovered that we’re not the ones doing the social issues. We are just getting up every day and we’re looking at all the things that we hold dear under attack. If they’re economic, we respond, and if they’re social, we respond, and if they’re political, we respond. The point is we’re on defense all the time. We are never on offense. We’re not on offense with the social issues. We’re on defense. And the only reason we’re talking about social issues is because they’re under assault.
And those of us who consider ourselves to occupy positions of responsibility here have no choice but than to respond and to defend. And yet while that happens, somehow conservatives and Republicans get blamed for focusing on social issues, when it is the left that’s on the march with social issues. And the march that they are engaging in is tearing the country apart, the social fabric, the morality, the glue. It’s not us.
I remember back in the early days of the abortion debate and argument, I first got into it when I was still working in my adopted hometown of Sacramento, California. And even then, you know, I would go out and make a speech, and if I talked about it, when it was over I would hear from people, “You know, the audience loves you, but you’re really making ’em nervous.”
I said, “Why?”
“Abortion. You know, it’s so personal and private. You should drop it, you’re just making people nervous.” I mean, I even had people driving my cars telling me this. “You really ought to drop it. I watched your speech, I was in the back of the room and people started whispering to each other when you start talking about it.”
And then I got to New York, started this program, did the caller abortions bit to illustrate what actually happens in an abortion by demonstrating it with phone calls, the vacuum cleaner sound effects, and all hell broke loose on that because it hit home. I mean, it was perfect, it was great, it was a brilliant illustration of what actually happens. It hit too close to home. “You gotta stop talking about this, Rush. You’re making people too nervous.”
And then the pro-choice people — who always claimed to occupy the moral high ground, by the way, on the basis it was “personal choice,” and, “You shouldn’t be in my bedroom and the government shouldn’t be in my bedroom! It’s just unviable tissue mass.” Remember all those arguments? “It’s just an unviable tissue mass!” And then we went through the phase where pregnancy… We’re still there, by the way. Pregnancy is an illness. Am I making you nervous now?
You getting nervous now, folks?
If you’re wondering why I’m bringing this up, it means you haven’t heard yet what’s going on. Yeah, so “unviable tissue mass,” then “pregnancy was an illness.” You remember all of the arguments. And of course, with each argument I did my best, intellectually, to refute every one of them. “What do you mean, unviable tissue mass?” I said, “Life has to begin at conception. Where else can it?
“You tell me where it begins if it doesn’t begin at conception.” Then I had some feminazi one day tell me that, “Well, according to you then if a guy goes and masturbates, that’s the same thing as murder.” I said, “Are you kidding me?” No, many feminazis would tell me that. That’s how absurd that it got. And then we’ve over the years, we became aware of such people as Kermit whatever his name was, the butcher. And then we heard of late-term abortion. And then we heard of after-birth abortion.
And with every discovery, every realization of what was really going on here, and what the actual purpose was, people got more and more nervous and more and more people didn’t want to talk about it, and I began to hear more and more, “You gotta drop the social issues! We’re never gonna win on ’em, and we’re never gonna get the women vote and we’re never gonna get whatever vote.” I said, “I don’t care. I have a moral conscience. It’s not my job to get votes here. I’m sorry, I just can’t look throw out all of this.”
And the course of these 25-plus years, I have made observations that, as abortion becomes common and frequent and accepted, what’s the impact on the rest of society? I mean, if life becomes worthless, if life the ends up being cheapened and doesn’t count for anything, then what’s gonna happen to the overall crime rate? What’s happening in Chicago? What’s happening all over this country with the crime rate? Is life not perceived as something that’s less than really unique and special? I mean, it’s just a shame. I think it’s at the root of so many of our cultural and moral failings.
Anyway, everything you’ve heard abortionists say about what they do and why is a lie. It’s far, far worse. There are an estimated 3300 abortions per day in the country, about 1.3 million a year. It may go up or down year to year, but that’s pretty much a good figure, an average. That 3,300 abortions per day is about 367 Charleston church massacres every day. It’s over 15 Charleston church massacres every hour. And we’re properly horrified by the Charleston church massacre. And we’re horrified by school shootings. We’re horrified, indignant.
Movie theater shootings, mass shootings, Columbine, you name it. Those are deliberate, calculated murders. Charleston, nine innocent worshipers. So now we have 3,300 children in the womb being murdered every day, but now we know that there’s a lot more going on at Planned Parenthood than just collecting money for performing abortions. We now know that Planned Parenthood is harvesting body parts from the aborted babies and selling them. A video of an abortionist, a woman, while eating a salad, describing the procedure to people at a restaurant.
She’s stuffing Caesar salad in her mouth discussing the value of a heart or a liver and a procedure by which she obtains these organs, making sure during the actual abortion not to damage any of the organs that she is going to harvest and sell. Remember when we heard about Kermit Gosnell, this guy in Philly who had all these fetuses and body parts in jars and hermetically sealed containers. We just thought this guy was a reprobate, sicko.
But it looks like there was far more going on than anybody knew because this is not something anybody really contemplated. I mean, this news has shocked everybody.
Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m gonna get to the latest on Iran today. It’s just as bad today as it was yesterday.
And, yeah, we’re gonna get back to Trump. And, yes, Obama has written 46 letters to 46 felons telling them he’s commuting their sentences, telling what a wonderful guy he is, what he’s doing for them. He still hasn’t reached out to the Steinle family in San Francisco. The Steinle family is now ripping Trump. They don’t like what Trump is saying about their daughter.
They don’t like Trump trying to glom on to their family member’s death. Now, that’s a change, because early on, they loved Trump, loved what Trump was doing. But Steinle family, apparently, are San Franciscans and they’re getting nervous here that people are rallying around Trump because of this. So they’re caving just a bit. Not a big deal, but we’ll mention it.
“Planned Parenthood Defends Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies, Calls Body Parts ‘Tissue’ — The Planned Parenthood abortion business has responded to a shocking new expose’ video that caught Planned Parenthood’s top doctor describing how the abortion business sells the body parts of aborted babies. New undercover footage,” the woman doesn’t know she’s being video taped, “shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts,” for anywhere between $20 and $30.
Livers are the big deal.
Livers and hearts.
“In the video,” this doctor, this Senior Director of Medical Services at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, “is at a business lunch with actors posing as buyers from a human biologics company. As head of [Planned Parenthood Federation of America]’s Medical Services department, Nucatola has overseen medical practice at all Planned Parenthood locations since 2009. She also trains new Planned Parenthood abortion doctors and performs abortions herself at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles up to 24 weeks.” I have to take a break here. I just saw the clock. But hang in there, folks. We’ll be back. We will continue this. Just to give you a heads-up, AP reporting the butchery — I mean, we are butchering aborted fetuses and selling the body parts. AP in their story today refers to this as “the disposition of fetal remains.”
RUSH: “[F]ederal law prohibits the sale of body parts of aborted babies.” I guess that doesn’t matter. “In fact, the sale or purchase of human fetal tissue a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2). Meanwhile, previous videos capturing Planned Parenthood breaking the law have not been discredited and actually have resulted in the Planned Parenthood abortion business firing staff who engaged…” Actually, who got caught in lawbreaking.
Just as, you know, ACORN people got fired when it was discovered they were breaking the law. But that was just for public consumption. Now, the statement from Planned Parenthood on all this is itself sick and depraved. “Eric Ferraro, Vice President of Communications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America: ‘In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, treatments and cures for serious diseases.'”
If Planned Parenthood had cured some incurable disease as a result of this butchery, do you think they would have announced it by now? But they haven’t because they haven’t cured anything. Planned Parenthood hasn’t gotten to the bottom of any illness by virtue of this practice, and we know this because if they had they would have been trumpeting this all over the place and they’d be collecting even more money for the procedure and the sick would be lining up demanding to benefit from it.
But nevertheless, “In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue…”
What are we talking about. Who’s the patient here? “In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, treatments and cures for serious diseases.” Who’s the patient here? “Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different. At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does — with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards.”
Who’s the patient here? Patients granting consent? Really? Who’s the patient? Then the statement says, “There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or Planned Parenthood.” Oh, really? There’s no financial benefit? Then the reasons for doing this must really, really be depraved, if there’s no financial benefit here? And it goes on.
Now, back to the statement here from Planned Parenthood as they attempt to excuse the butchery of fetuses and the harvesting and selling of body parts. Eric Ferraro is the vice president of communications who issued the statement.
“There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or Planned Parenthood. In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field.” So we’re harvesting tissue here to leading research centers hoping to find a cure for who knows what list of incurable diseases.
But again, I’m forced to observe that there obviously have been no such breakthroughs because there have been no such announcements because had there been such breakthroughs, had Planned Parenthood’s butchery led to, say, the cure for cancer or Alzheimer’s, I dare say we would have heard about it.
And then there would be a long line of people wanting whatever Planned Parenthood was doing that led to said cure. But since none of that is happening, we have to assume this butchery hasn’t led to any of the aforementioned and previously referenced medical breakthroughs and cures which are supposed to be the highbrowed, high-valued excuse for this.
And then in the statement Planned Parenthood says, “A well-funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned ParenthoodÂ’s mission and services has promoted a heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape that falsely portrays Planned ParenthoodÂ’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research.”
Of course, it’s easy to say that you’re engaged in lifesaving scientific research, but where are the results? Where are the lives saved? We’re killing lives here. We’re ending them. We’re destroying. We’re killing. Where’s the lifesaving here? This is how perverted this is.
“Similar false accusations have been put forth by opponents of abortion services for decades. These groups have been widely discredited and their claims fall apart on closer examination, just as they do in this case.’ However, federal law prohibits the sale of body parts of aborted babies.”
Now, I cannot play the audio of this video because you wouldn’t be able to hear it. It needs captioning, so much ambient noise. It takes place in a restaurant, with all the accompanying noise that’s in a restaurant. The footage that has led to the discovery of all this, which is admitted to by, once again, this well-known doctor, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Senior Director of Medical Services, she’s the one featured in the video, and she “admits that Planned Parenthood charges per-specimen for baby body parts, uses illegal partial-birth abortion procedures in order to get salable parts, and is aware of their own liability for doing so and takes steps to cover it up.
“The footage shockingly depicts the top medical official at the Planned Parenthood corporation munching on her salad while she discusses the sale of body parts of unborn children victimized by abortions. She brazenly describes –” I know it’s lunchtime for millions in this audience, so let me just warn you what you’re going to hear here coming up. “She brazenly describes how the heads of unborn babies killed in abortions command top dollar.”
The buyers, who are the ones recording the video, asked Dr. Nucatola, “‘How much of a difference can that actually make, if you know kind of whatÂ’s expected, or what we need?’ ‘It makes a huge difference,’ Nucatola replies. ‘IÂ’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so theyÂ’ll know where theyÂ’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium — the head — is basically the biggest part.’ Nucatola explains, ‘WeÂ’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so IÂ’m not gonna crush that part, IÂ’m gonna basically crush below, IÂ’m gonna crush above, and IÂ’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.'”
She’s describing the destruction of the baby in order to successfully harvest salable parts. (imitating Nucatola) “Yeah, we’ve been very good at getting heart and lung and liver because we know that. So I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below. I’m gonna crush above.” She’s eating a salad while explaining this to potential buyers, she thinks.
“And with the calvarium,” which again is the head, “With the calvarium in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that itÂ’s not vertex,” in other words, inverted. “So if you do it starting from the breech presentation, thereÂ’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last step, you can evacuate an intact calvarium at the end.”
She is, in a celebratory way, describing how she, regardless of the position of the baby in the womb, is able to successfully remove an intact calvarium. Now, of course, they put their statement out, they have denied anything here. “This is just tissue harvesting. We’re tissue harvesting for medical research. The tape has been doctored, it’s typical, it’s been made up, it’s been edited. It’s fraudulent by people that have been trying to destroy the abortion business forever. There’s nothing to see here. We don’t even make any money from it. We’re just trying to advance the cures of several diseases.”
No money. Body parts are sold, this story says, anywhere from 30 to 100 dollars. She told the actors in the same video (paraphrasing), “Yeah, you know, a lot of people looking for hearts these days. The price is 30 to a hundred dollars per specimen.” Now, wait just a second here, folks. Does something obvious occur to you? You mean to tell me from an unviable tissue mass we are able to extract functioning livers and hearts and kidneys?
From unviable tissue mass, they are able to harvest these organs which can be made to grow and function and which may in fact already be functioning at the time of harvest. I mean, that violates everything that Planned Parenthood and the pro-choice crowd has told us over the years. That there’s nothing to see here, it’s an unviable tissue mass or whatever other construction of words they come up with to describe the fetus. How can this be? I mean, these are words are from the Planned Parenthood doctor herself: yeah, a lot of people looking for hearts these days.
In fact, before that she says, “Every provider has had patients who want to donate their tissue, and they absolutely want to accommodate them. They just want to do it in a way that is not perceived as, ‘This clinic is selling tissue. This clinic is making money off of this.'”
Every provider, meaning every abortion clinic, has had patients — again, who is the patient? I know, I know, I know. The fetus doesn’t exist. It’s the mother who is the patient. But I’m asking this kind of rhetorically ’cause the real patient here doesn’t even have a say in this, is the point I’m making. I don’t want to be mysterious and leave anything to be concluded perhaps incorrectly. I mean, I’m a communicator, I want you to know what I’m saying, and to me, the patient is the baby, and the patient’s not granting any consent. And the baby has not said, “Yeah, yeah, I want to donate my tissue. Yeah, yeah, I want to accommodate your buyers.” I know what you’re saying. “Rush, don’t be silly. The baby can’t.” I know that, folks. That’s the point. That’s the point.
“Yeah, the providers want to do it in such a way that we’re not seen as selling tissue, right? And we’re not making money off of it, right? So what are we saying? Well, we say we’re furthering lifesaving medical research.” But if Planned Parenthood is anything, it’s a for-profit scheme. It’s a for-profit operation. We can add the politics to this later if we want to. But now we go to the AP, because it’s time to circle the wagons and it’s time for friends of Planned Parenthood throughout the Drive-By Media to provide whatever support, deflection, diffraction, whatever is necessary to actually make sure this story doesn’t become anything.
Now, we’ve long known the Associated Press refers to unborn children as “unviable tissue mass,” “fetus,” or what have you. But covering this story, AP has really bent over backwards to use euphemisms to soften the blow of this. In fact, have you ever heard of the TV show American Horror Story? The first year was about this kind of thing and a haunted house in LA where this kind of thing was going on. Anyway, here’s the AP story. “Anti-abortion activists released an undercover video Tuesday showing a senior Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses.
“The activists contended the video reveals illegalities, but Planned Parenthood said the activity in question was the legal, not-for-profit donation of fetal tissue to research firms.” You people are gonna have to make up your mind. You’re either harvesting workable, salvageable, healthy hearts, lungs, livers, whatever, or it’s just fetal tissue. You have to make up your mind here what it is. A little over an hour later to promote the article, AP tweeted from its corporate account the following: “Anti-abortion group released video showing Planned Parenthood official discussing disposition of fetal remains.”
So AP has decided to describe what’s going on here as the disposition of “fetal remains,” and that’s how the low-information voter is hearing about the story.
RUSH: You know, we could change the name from “unviable tissue mass” to “undocumented fetal remains.” Well, I know it’s a baby, but, see, that will make people mad. Folks, I just want to warn you, my guess is that if we get to phone calls on this you will be shocked at the number of people angry at me and anybody else who interprets the story the way I did. (interruption) Oh, you are getting people like that? (interruption) Right. Okay, so Snerdley, I knew this was gonna happen. This is the point. This isn’t gonna move anybody.
Snerdley’s getting calls, he said, primarily from New York, and they spew and shout and then they hang up, and they claim I’m lying, that they’ve read about this in the New York Times and this is not at all what happened. Which is typical. So… There’s a statement that’s been put out by the people that made the video. The people that made the video are the Center for Medical Progress. They’ve responded to Planned Parenthood’s statement thus: “Planned Parenthood makes two key admissions in their statement today:
“1) aborted fetal parts are harvested at their clinics, they admit this, “2) money is exchanged in connection with this.” Planned Parenthood “also tell several lies: 1) That proper consent is obtained from patients,” which, of course, is my point. I don’t know how there can be proper or improper or any consent from the patients here. “2) That Planned Parenthood does not make money off the body parts.”
They lied about that, because they sell it for 30 to a hundred bucks.
“3) that everything is legal,” and the harvesting and sale of human body parts is not legal. “The Center for Medical Progress has obtained an advertisement to Planned Parenthood clinics from StemExpress, LLC, one of the major purchasers of Planned Parenthood’s aborted fetal tissue. This flyer advertises four different times the financial benefit that Planned Parenthood clinics can receive from supplying fetal tissue, with the words: ‘Financially Profitable,’ ‘Financial Profits,’ ‘financial benefit to your clinic,’ ‘fiscal growth of your own clinic.’
“The advertisement carries an endorsement from Planned Parenthood Medical Director Dr. Dorothy Furgerson.”
So Planned Parenthood is advertising this to their other clinics, and they’re advertising how it is profitable. “This flyer,” like a pamphlet, “advertises four different times the financial benefit that Planned Parenthood clinics can receive from” the harvesting of body parts from aborted fetuses, babies, “with the words: ‘Financially Profitable,’ ‘Financial Profits,’ ‘financial benefit to your clinic,’ ‘fiscal growth of your own clinic.'”