In a new undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress, a former Planned Parenthood abortionist explains how the abortion provider skirts state law and employees forcibly rip apart fetuses.
At a networking reception at a Planned Parenthood conference, Dr. DeShawn Taylor, a longtime abortionist in a Los Angeles facility and former medical director of Planned Parenthood of Arizona, described to CMP journalists how she would dismember a baby in order to harvest as many viable organs from it as possible. Tiny human organs can be sold to researchers for profit.
“It’s not a matter of how I feel about it coming out intact, but I gotta worry about my staff and people’s feelings about it coming out looking like a baby,” she says.
She also talks about how much easier it is to dismember a baby by delivering it in the breech (feet first) position.
“Breach makes it a lot easier because you can, you know, but the thing is, there’s still going to have to be some decompression of the calvarium [skull] for it to come out,” she says.
Altering an abortion procedure in the manner that Taylor describes is considered to be a partial-birth abortion, which is illegal in all states. Her description of this technique mirrors what other Planned Parenthood abortionists have said in previous undercover videos released by CMP.
Federal law states that during an abortion there must be “no alteration of the timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy [that is] made solely for the purpose of obtaining the tissue.” If a baby survives an abortion, Arizona state law requires abortionists to take him or her to the hospital in an effort to save the child’s life. In contrast, Taylor explains she would adhere to state law selectively, depending on who was in the room when the baby was ripped out of its mother’s womb.
“In Arizona, if the fetus comes out with any signs of life, we’re supposed to transport it to the hospital,” Taylor says.
When an investigator then asks Taylor how Planned Parenthood abortionists determine if there are signs of life in a baby to indicate it has survived an abortion, she responds: “Well, the thing is, I mean the key is, you need to pay attention to who’s in the room, right?”
Taylor, who says she routinely aborts babies who are up to 24 weeks into the pregnancy, at which point they can survive outside the womb, said performing an abortion on a baby without using lethal chemicals requires a lot more force.
“My biceps appreciate when the (chemical digoxin) works” to kill the fetus before the procedure, she says. “I remember when I was a [family planning] fellow and I was training, I was like, ‘Oh, I have to hit the gym for this.’”
On Tuesday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra charged two CMP journalists with 15 criminal counts for recording conversations with abortionists in public places, claiming the recordings violate privacy laws and are not covered under whistleblower statutes. These charges are the latest attempt by Democratic lawmakers to go after CMP for exposing Planned Parenthood’s organ trafficking scheme.
Becerra recently replaced Kamala Harris as California’s attorney general after the latter was elected as a U.S. senator in November. Harris, who has received more than $81,000 from Planned Parenthood, also had the U.S. Department of Justice raid CMP’s David Daleiden’s home last year.