Here’s Dr. Nucatola’s menu quote which was on the tape which has now become so well known. “And so we had a conversation, and we said, you know, what if we go out and find everyone who is doing this and present everybody with a menu, and at the end of the day they just decided that right now, it’s just too touchy and issue for us to be an official middleman.”
She was making the point that some leaders discussed the possibility of creating a menu of what Planned Parenthood had to offer to companies interested in fetal tissue. The leaders of Planned Parenthood apparently decided against developing such a menu.
The idea of a menu was revolting to me. Although it may have been a poor choice of words on Dr. Nucatola’s part, other words that could have been used don’t seem any better. Catalog? Brochure? Order form? None of those words make the idea any more palatable.
In a press release in response to the video, Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s President, said “Recently, an organization that opposes safe and legal abortion used secretly recorded, heavily edited videos to make outrageous claims about programs that help women donate fetal tissue for medical research.”
One implication is that the editing was unfair, and that viewing the entire video would give viewers and readers a better understanding. Instead of viewing the whole video, I read the 60 page transcript. It wasn’t easy and the picture it presented wasn’t pretty. Most of the conversation was very business oriented. They talked about things like volume, workflow, and packaging.
There were discussions of how far along in a pregnancy abortions could be performed from state to state. It appeared that later in the term would be better for the companies that use fetal material. Also, it appeared that getting the body parts as intactly as possible was very desirable.
There was considerable discussion about money. Here are a few quotes from Dr. Nucatola.
“They just want to do it in a way that is not perceived as, ‘This clinic is selling tissue, this clinic is making money off of this.’ I know in the Planned Parenthood world they’re very very sensitive to that. And before an affiliate is gonna do that, they need to, obviously, they’re not —some might do it for free —but they want to come to a number that doesn’t look like they’re making money. They want to come to a number that looks like it is a reasonable number for the effort that is allotted on their part.”
“I would throw a number out, I would say it’s probably anywhere from $30 to $100 [per specimen], depending on the facility and what’s involved. It just has to do with space issues, are you sending someone there who’s going to be doing everything, is there shipping involved, is somebody gonna have to take it out. You know, I think everybody just wants, it’s really just about if anyone were ever to ask them, ‘What do you do for this $60? How can you justify that? Or are you basically just doing something completely egregious, that you should be doing for free.’ So it just needs to be justifiable.”
“I think for affiliates, at the end of the day, they’re a non-profit, 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.”
Going satirical with the menu idea, I thought about what it would be like if there was a restaurant where people could order fetal body parts.
The menu is intended to be thought-provoking, not humorous.