A Planned Parenthood official discusses the procurement and cost of “intact” fetuses and altering abortion procedures to meet specific needs in a video released Tuesday by an anti-abortion group.
In the fifth video from the Center for Medical Progress, a woman identified as Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, discusses contributing to the organization’s “diversification of the revenue stream” and the potential to “get creative” with conditions for procurement needs. The video was reportedly filmed this past April at a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas.
“Just depending on the patient’s anatomy, how many weeks, where it’s placed in the uterus … we’re going to potentially be able to have some that will be more or less intact, and then some that will not be,” she said.
“But it’s something that we can look at exploring how we can make that happen so we have a higher chance,” she adds.
Planned Parenthood has pushed back strongly on four other videos released in the past few weeks, noting that the recordings are heavily edited and maintaining that the group does not profit off the transfer of aborted fetal parts and tissue to researchers but merely gather costs relating to the tissue’s preservation and transfer.