Rep. Latterell Calls for South Dakota Investigation of Planned Parenthood

South_DakotaPIERRE, SD​ – Representative Isaac Latterell, member of South Dakota’s House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement in response to a release by a group called The Center for Medical Progress of a hidden­ camera video showing remarks by Deborah Nucatola, senior director for medical services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) since 2009:

It is appalling and inhumane to see the top doctor for the national Planned Parenthood organization admit, on videotape, that Planned Parenthood affiliates and abortionists daily review pre ­orders for baby organs and body parts, then tailor abortion procedures to facilitate the harvesting of the baby’s intact parts and organs for resale. Planned Parenthood treats those who enter their facilities not as patients, but as unwitting hosts to produce baby body parts to bolster their bottom line.

In addition, Planned Parenthood states they regularly skirt the federal ban on Partial­ Birth abortion and use a nearly identical procedure to dismember the child feet first, sever the child’s head and remove it intact for resale. Dr. Nucatola demonstrates Planned Parenthood’s complete disregard for the law, claiming “The federal [partial ­birth] abortion ban is a law, and laws are up to interpretation” … “If I say on day one I do not intend to do this, what ultimately happens doesn’t matter.”

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In light of numerous horrific admissions by Dr. Nucatola and her implication of Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country, I call on Governor Daugaard and Attorney General Jackley to investigate Planned Parenthood of Sioux Falls for violations of S.D. Codified Laws Ann. 34­23A­17 and 34­23A­27.

34­23A­17. ​An unborn or newborn child who has been subject to an induced abortion other than an abortion necessary to prevent the death of the mother or any tissue or organ thereof may not be used in animal or human research or for animal or human transplantation.

34­23A­27. No person may perform a partial­ birth abortion which results in the death of a human fetus or infant. A violation of this section is a Class 6 felony.

Dr. Nucatola specifically describes abortionists manipulating unborn children in order to remove them feet first, to facilitate obtaining an intact head, apparently to preserve an intact brain. This statement and others raise a host of ethical questions, including whether pregnant women are being given detailed information in advance about exactly what is going to be done to them and their babies.

Moreover, Dr. Nucatola discusses how Planned Parenthood abortion clinics profit from organ harvesting and trafficking, ​“I think for affiliates, at the end of the day, they’re a non­profit, they just don’t want to—they want to break even. And if they can do a little better than break even, and do so in a way that seems reasonable, they’re happy to do that.”

South Dakota has multiple facilities that do abortions all throughout pregnancy. Because trafficking in human organs and tissue occurs all throughout pregnancy, S.D. Codified Laws Ann. 34­23A­17 may be violated at any stage of pregnancy. Whether profit is made is irrelevant: harvesting and trafficking of human organs and tissue is illegal.

I have repeatedly called for laws banning the dismemberment and beheading of unborn children, procedures which are admitted to on video by Planned Parenthood’s top medical director. Preventing these procedures will prevent the possibility of organ harvesting and trafficking. In light of recent developments, it is all the more important for South Dakota to pass this law.

Lawmakers should now be asked whether they will continue to oppose legislation to restrict the dismemberment of unborn children, as Planned Parenthood insists – and if so, whether they are motivated in any degree by a desire to preserve Planned Parenthood’s ability to deliver intact, well­ developed baby body parts to order.

When we think it can’t be uglier, the abortion industry continues to shock us​ with its violent and evil abortion system, as well as its willingness to disregard the law and lie on their reports to state agencies to increase their abortions and income. South Dakota must take action now to investigate Planned Parenthood and prevent further unspeakable abuse of South Dakota women and their children.

I commend United States Congress, multiple governors, and Attorneys General for beginning investigations into Planned Parenthood’s national, state, and local affiliates. South Dakota’s Governor and Attorney General must do likewise and investigate Planned Parenthood and conduct strict audits of hospitals conducting abortions in our state.

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