BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal requested Inspector General Stephen Street to initiate a joint investigation with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to determine whether Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is engaged in the illegal harvesting and trafficking of human body parts.
An activist group released an undercover video Tuesday of what they said is a Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses.
According to a news release from the Center for Medical Progress, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, admitted to supplying intact body parts by using partial-birth abortions.
Eric Ferrero, vice president of communication for PPFA, said in a statement that the allegations made in the video were untrue. He said patients sometimes decide to donate to research, and health centers help them do that under "the highest ethical and legal standards."
"A well-funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned Parenthood's mission and services has promoted a heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape that falsely portrays Planned Parenthood's participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research," he said.
In the video, shot in July 2014, actors claimed to pose as buyers from a human biologics company and secretly recorded Nucatola during a business lunch in California.
"I'd say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they'll know where they're putting their forceps," Nucatola said in the video. "The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium - the head - is basically the biggest part."
She went on to say, "We've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I'm not going to crush that part, I'm going to basically crush below. I'm going to crush above, and I'm going to see if I can get it all intact."
Below is the letter Thomas Enright, Executive Counsel, sent to the Inspector General.
Officials with Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) sent the following letter as a response:
Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert sent the following letter to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast following Governor Jindal's request for an investigation.