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Nate Jackson / Aug. 19, 2015

What Really Constitutes Human Life?

The latest video from the Center for Medical Progress.

“Human Capital — Episode 3: Planned Parenthood’s Custom Abortions for Superior Product” is the latest video from the Center for Medical Progress revealing the grisly underworld of harvesting and trafficking baby parts. Of the seven videos to go public so far, this is the worst. The video centers on an interview with former StemExpress “procurement technician” Holly O'Donnell, who recounts her experiences doing unspeakable things. (StemExpress last week severed ties with Planned Parenthood in the wake of the video series.) In fact, O'Donnell struggles to keep her composure and find the right words. “‘I want you to see something kinda cool,’” O'Donnell says her supervisor told her. After looking, however, O'Donnell said she thought, “This is the most gestated fetus and the closest thing to a baby I’ve seen.” She continued, “And [my supervisor] just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.” She adds, “I don’t know if that constitutes it’s technically dead, or it’s alive.” CMP notes in its press release, “State and federal law require that the same treatment be given to an infant born-alive after an abortion as to a normally delivered baby (1 U.S.C. 8, CA Health and Safety Code 123435).” Clearly, that didn’t happen in the instance O'Donnell described.

In fact, it got much worse. As the video shows the most horribly disconcerting scene so far — a shot of a different mid-gestational baby boy in a stainless steel pan, still moving his legs — O'Donnell says her supervisor instructed her to procure an intact brain from the baby: “She gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face. And I can’t even describe what that feels like.”

“I remember holding that fetus in my hands … and I started crying,” O'Donnell says. And as her voice breaks she says, “It’s just really hard knowing you’re the only person who’s ever going to hold that baby.”

We hope the result of these videos is to change hearts and minds. It’s a matter of when life begins and how we take care of that life. Aside from the political ramifications, this is a defining moment for our culture.

(Footnote: The Leftmedia have been virtually silent on the story.)

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