Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby: Planned Parenthood Admission “Simply Horrifying”

July 14, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a stirring speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) spoke out about a top Planned Parenthood official’s shocking admission to the illegal practice of harvesting and trafficking fetal organs after abortions.

Hidden camera video surfaced Tuesday of Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical services, describing in chilling detail how abortion procedures can be altered to preserve hearts, lungs and livers so they can be sold. 

The casual, callous way she details how babies can be killed in such a way that their tiny hearts, lungs and livers can be taken and sold for profit is simply horrifying, Roby said, standing next to an enlarged screenshot of the video showing one of the more shocking exchanges. 

It is honestly hard to believe a human being could bring themselves to believe this is okay. Of course, this is completely illegal, but that apparently isn’t stopping Planned Parenthood.”

The purchase and sale of human fetal tissue is prohibited by federal law. Also illegal is altering the timing or method of an abortion to gain tissue for research. 

The admission shows Planne Parenthood’s activity should be closely investigated, Roby said. But it also calls for a national self-seeking into 

“This is a moment that – as a nation and as a people – we have to ask ourselves, 'who are we? Are we really going to tolerate this inhumanity? Are we going to look the other way while babies are brutally killed and organs harvested for profit?’

“These aren’t specimens! These are babies for God’s sake!”

Below is a complete transcript of Roby’s speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mr. Speaker, I rise to raise awareness about a disturbing development.

Today video surfaced of Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical services, admitting – in fact bragging – about the harvesting and trafficking of fetal organs after abortions.

To those who haven’t seen the video, I encourage you to watch. But be forewarned. The casual, callous way she details how babies can be killed in such a way that their tiny hearts, lungs and livers can be taken and sold for profit is simply horrifying.

To quote Doctor Nucatola “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver…  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.”

It is honestly hard to believe a human being could bring themselves to believe this is okay. Of course, this is completely illegal, but that apparently isn’t stopping Planned Parenthood.

Mr. Speaker we have long fought to prohibit federal funding to Planned Parenthood, and we will continue to. But this admission of barbaric behavior warrants a closer inspection of this organization.

This is one of those moments that – as a nation and as a people – we have to ask ourselves, “who are we? Are we really going to tolerate this inhumanity? Are we going to look the other way while babies are brutally killed and organs harvested for profit?”

These aren’t specimens! These are babies for God’s sake!

I may only have one minute today, but I promise we are not finished talking about this. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.