According to a video released Tuesday, Planned Parenthood is being accused of 'selling' parts of aborted babies, in defiance of federal law.

The video, from the Center for Medial Progress, Dr. Deborah Nucatola describes how hearts, lungs and livers are 'harvested' from the bodies of aborted baby girls, and sold for anywhere from $30 t0 $100.

Nucatola is the Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood.  According to the Family Policy Institute of Washington state:

"In the video, Nucatola explains the expertise they've developed at harvesting specific body parts. "We've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I'm not gonna crush that part, I'm gonna basically crush below, I'm gonna crush above, and I'm gonna see if I can get it all intact."

She was describing techniques used in abortions that prevent those areas of from being traumatized during the abortion process, for the purposes of harvesting organs and tissue.

According to various sources, with an estimated 1.5 commercially conducted abortions each year, there's a wide variety of uses for the tissue and organs collected from the babies.  One such reported use is for stem cell research, but there are shocking stories and allegations of use of aborted babies fetal cells being used in stimulating artificial flavors in food, and even the cosmetic industry.

That's part of the reason why federal law prohibits the sale of aborted baby organs, tissue and body parts. According to the FPI the laws are quite harsh:

"It is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000" (42. U.S. C 289g-2)."

This video has exploded already Tuesday, and a number of national media outlets are picking up on the coverage.  The FPI, which is a Washington-state based group, says Planned Parenthood receives $20 million annually from the State of Washington. An effort from the House of Representatives in Olympia to cut this funding was struck down in the state Senate.

This video, courtesy of The Center for Medical Progress, shows Dr. Nucatola detailing how the selling process works.  Warning - portions of this video might be rather shocking.

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