Fiorina: Planned Parenthood ‘Hypocritical’ for Using Ultrasound to Harvest Body Parts

By Melanie Arter | July 27, 2015 | 2:44 PM EDT

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (AP Photo)

( – Carly Fiorina, a GOP presidential contender, told “Fox News Sunday” that Planned Parenthood lobbied against laws requiring that pregnant mothers be shown an ultrasound of their unborn babies prior to an abortion, and now it’s using that “same technology to harvest body parts” to save the life of someone else.

“This is an abomination that Planned Parenthood has lobbied against a woman's opportunity to look at an ultrasound before she makes an incredibly difficult choice to end the unborn life within her, and yet, they are using that same technology to harvest body parts, which they claim are not a life, in order to sell them to save another life,” said Fiorina. “It is unbelievably hypocritical, and I frankly find it astounding that anyone can defend it.


The videos were recorded by pro-life activists posing as potential buyers for a human biologics company.

The issue “has nothing to do with whether you're pro-choice or pro-life,” the former Hewlett Packard CEO said. “This has to do with the moral foundation of our nation. If a woman was sitting outside of Planned Parenthood, in, for example, her OB/GYN's office, looking at this ultrasound at precisely the same point in her pregnancy, her doctor would be saying to her, look at your baby. Look at its heartbeat. Look at its fingers and toes.”

Host Chris Wallace showed a video of one Planned Parenthood official talking about “violating the protocol that says to the patient, ‘we’re not doing anything different in our care of you’” by using a technique with less suction “to increase the odds” that an “intact specimen” will be removed from the mother’s womb.

Wallace asked Emily’s List Vice President Jess McIntosh if that was “a direct violation of the federal law,” which says: “No alteration of the timing, method or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy was made solely for the purposes of obtaining the tissue.”

“I mean, after hours of talking to this staffer in this dishonestly edited video, they got her to say she would talk to a doctor. That's not an admission of a crime,” McIntosh said. “Listening to this language is ugly and uncomfortable, and I completely understand that.

“The whole concept of organ donation is a really difficult thing to think about, but the families that benefit from this life-saving medical research are immensely grateful for kindness that patients do when they donate these things,” she said.

“We're talking about people with loved ones with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's. This exact kind of tissue donation was used to make the rabies vaccine, the chicken pox vaccine, the polio vaccine,” added McIntosh. “This directly relates to American's health. This is life-saving medical research.”

“Let me bring Ms. Fiorina, because that is certainly one of the points that defenders of this procedure make. Fetal research has been useful in testing drugs, has been useful in finding cures for diseases. The National Institutes of Health spent $76 million on research on fetal tissue. So, you know, you may not like the way it's happening but don't these tissues, don't these organs, go for a good cause?” Wallace asked Fiorina.

After dismissing McIntosh’s claim that the video was “heavily edited,” Fiorina said, “Of course, they're trying to change the subject.”

“Of course, they're trying to say this is life-saving research. I just find it amazing that this group of pro-abortion lobbyists continue to say that they are protecting women's health. Really?” Fiorina said. “Late-term abortion is demonstrably bad for women's health. They continue to lobby against parental notification. Really?

“It's protecting a teenager's health that she can go to a tanning salon or get a tattoo … with her mother's permission but she can get an abortion without her mother's permission? This is not about someone else's health. This is about a woman's health, a woman's opportunity to have all of the choices in front of her, and it is about a life that she is bearing,” she said.

“I'm pro-life as you know, Chris, but there are plenty of pro-choice women who are horrified by this, as they should be. And, by the way, after-hours honestly, the fact that these officials can sit here swilling their wine, drinking their salad, laughing over getting a Lamborghini and talking about specimens and fetal tissue, I just find it horrifying and the majority of Americans do as well,” Fiorina said.

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