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Physicians Criticize Planned Parenthood in Sting Video Lying About Abortion ^ | December 11, 2009 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 12/12/2009 11:05:21 AM PST by rhema

Appleton, WI ( -- Two physicians are responding to a new sting operation video produced showing staff at a Wisconsin Planned Parenthood center lying to women about fetal development and abortion. The undercover footage from Live Action shows abortion center staff, including the abortion practitioner, misleading women.

The Planned Parenthood staffers encourage pregnant women posting as potential abortion customers to obtain an abortion because "women die having babies."

In the undercover video, two women posing as potential abortion customers ask a Planned Parenthood counselor if the pregnant woman's 10-week-old unborn child has a heartbeat.

The counselor emphasizes "heart tones," and answers, "Heart beat is when the fetus is active in the uterus--can survive--which is about seventeen or eighteen weeks."

Now, two physicians are stepping forward in response to the video and, as they say, to correct the "absurd and scientifically erroneous" information Planned Parenthood presented the women.

The physicians are embryologist Dianne Irving, Ph.D, a former bench research biochemist with the National Institutes of Health and a Professor of Medical Ethics at Georgetown University, and Ward Kischer, Ph.D., Professor emeritus of Cell Biology and Anatomy specializing in embryology at the University Arizona.

Irving and Kischer demonstrate the medical consensus against Planned Parenthood's statements, citing what they call "the number-one human embryology textbook," Human Embryology & Teratology published by Wiley-Liss: "The heart begins to beat by 4 weeks."

When asked at what point the fetus becomes a baby, the counselor answers, "At birth."

Later, when asked the same question, the abortionist, Dr. Prohaska claims that the fetus becomes a baby at "6 or 7 months."

Irving and Kischer conclude that the Appleton Planned Parenthood counseling practices "would violate legally valid 'informed consent' on both the 'information' level and on the 'consent without duress or pressure' level," and call for the parties involved to "be held accountable for their inherently unethical and destructive lies and procedures."

The doctors point out that Wisconsin informed consent law requires that women receive medically accurate information before undergoing an abortion.

They also note that the Medical Association's Code of Ethics says "the physician’s obligation is to present the medical facts accurately to the patient."

Live Action's president, UCLA student Lila Rose, told today that the new video underscores the contradictions between Planned Parenthood and the mainstream medical and scientific communities.

"Every day Planned Parenthood violates the most basic medical, ethical, and legal codes in order to sell more abortions to vulnerable women," she said. "Planned Parenthood confuses medical terms and lies outright about medical facts to hide the humanity of the woman's unborn child and make 'the pregnancy' more 'abortable.'"

In the video, the Grand Chute Planned Parenthood counselor then says, "A fetus is what's in the uterus right now. That is not a baby."

Dr. Polhaska, the abortion practitioner, insists "It's not a baby at this stage or anything like that."

He goes on to say that having an abortion will be "much safer than having a baby," warning, "You know, women die having babies."

Meanwhile, Pro-Life Wisconsin has revealed that the Planned Parenthood in question received taxpayer funds from both the state and county government.

The video is the first in Live Action's new a multi-state undercover audit documenting Planned Parenthood's abortion counseling that is illegal, unethical or not factual.

Planned Parenthood has come under fire recently after Live Action's investigations found its centers willing to conceal sexual abuse and accept donations targeted to abort African-Americans only.

Related web sites: See the new video at

TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: abortion; christianright; plannedparenthood; prolife

1 posted on 12/12/2009 11:05:21 AM PST by rhema
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[two women posing as potential abortion customers ask a Planned Parenthood counselor if the pregnant woman's 10-week-old unborn child has a heartbeat.

The counselor emphasizes “heart tones,” and answers, “Heart beat is when the fetus is active in the uterus—can survive—which is about seventeen or eighteen weeks.” ]

Liars. A baby's heart begins to beat at 5 1/2 wks. The baby is active in the uterus much early than 17-18 wks, more like 7-8 wks. What a bunch of despicable liars. I would think there should be medical liability for lying to patients.

2 posted on 12/12/2009 11:11:46 AM PST by KansasGirl
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Planned Parenthood and ACORN - two birds of a feather. Both left wing criminal enterprises.
3 posted on 12/12/2009 11:16:19 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Morgana

6 weeks is about the normal time to HEAR the heartbeat, it can be seen on ultrasound much sooner

5 posted on 12/12/2009 11:33:16 AM PST by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: rhema

‘Bsby’ is a subjective term these days. ‘Fetus’ and ‘embryo’ are not generally understood. The correct answer of course is to give an accurate description, which would have to involve reading off a card to avoid fudging and manipulation. “The embryo is approximately one and a quarter inches long. Facial features are present. Eyelids have not formed yet. Arms, legs, fingers and toes are present. Major organ systems are almost formed. The heart is beating; the fetus moves its arms and legs spontaneously and exhibits reflex activity. Would you like to see a picture of the embryo at 10 to 11 weeks? Would you like us to turn the ultrasound so that you can see it?”

6 posted on 12/12/2009 12:28:24 PM PST by heartwood
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To: KansasGirl

Check this out everyone! This is a fascinating website!

Prenatal timeline:

7 posted on 12/12/2009 10:31:11 PM PST by Inclines to the Right (
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Liberals don’t care if Planned Parenthood lies. Anything is justified in the pursuit of their demented sex-based utopia.

8 posted on 12/13/2009 7:28:45 AM PST by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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