Published July 20, 2015
Deborah Nucatola—the Planned Parenthood doc with the stone-cold heart and the lucrative skill of “crushing” babies in just the right spot—has been advising the Obama administration on family planning policy since 2010.
From April 2010 through April 2014, Nucatola was one of several experts the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs (OPA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health tasked with creating federal guidelines for “quality family planning services.” A member of the “Expert Work Group” and the “Technical Panel on Clinical Women’s Services,” Nucatola was actively engaged in the “multistage process” that produced the government’s 2014 report, “Providing Quality Family Planning Services” (QFP).
Her responsibilities as a “technical” consultant and an “expert” included analyzing research summaries and professional advisories, providing “individual feedback” on the government’s initial recommendations, “reviewing” the CDC-OPA staff’s “core recommendations,” giving her expert “opinion,” and then approving the recommendations. (See the report’s appendices for the names of Expert Work Group members and technical experts, and detailed descriptions of the experts’ involvement in formulating the report’s recommendations.)
What’s the goal of those government recommendations? To help “clients…achieve their desired number and spacing of children and increase the likelihood that those children are born healthy.”
Leave it to the Obama administration to tap an abortionist for “expert” advice on ensuring that children are “born healthy”—an abortionist, mind you, who relishes butchering a “17-weeker” and bagging up a tiny infant’s “heart, lung, liver” to sell for a few extra bucks.
What Do Baby Crushers Know About Health?
But there’s more. Nucatola is not the only abortionist in the government’s family-planning “Expert Work Group”: Dr. Michael Policar literally wrote the book on “abortion care.” Others, including Dr. Beth Jordan, Dr. Mark Hathaway, and Dr. Pablo Rodriguez are long-time abortion advocates and veteran providers. Another member of the group, Dr. Vanessa Cullins, is the vice-president of medical affairs for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the country’s largest abortion business. (Only in the delusional land of Obama can rabid abortionists “self-identify” as compassionate caregivers and “pass” as health “experts” on women and children.)
Nucatola seems to like this whole government consulting thing quite a bit. Turns out she’s done it before—numerous times. (Chopping, crushing, and dismembering really tiny little people doesn’t take that much time, you know.) In addition to her work on the 2014 family planning recommendations, Nucatola has been a consultant on several other CDC initiatives. She was a “Liaison Participant” in the 2015 work group that helped shape the 2015 “Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines” the CDC released on June 5, 2015. She consulted in 2011 on revisions to the “U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use,” released in 2013. She was an ad hoc reviewer for the CDC’s 2012 updated guidelines on contraception for HIV-infected women and an ad hoc reviewer for the CDC’s 2011 updated guidelines on contraception for post-partum women.
Her steady stream of consulting work for the CDC and other government offices raises an important question: How much are we, America’s taxpayers, paying Nucatola for her “expert opinion”? It’s not clear.
Taxpayers Reward Barbarism
The barbaric nature of Nucatola’s chosen work, however, is all too clear.
Her detached, chilling descriptions of harvesting “extremities,” “hearts,” and “livers” from unborn babies she killed stirred an old childhood memory of mine. My parents raised chickens when I was young—chickens were cheap, easy, and nutritious—important considerations for a big family. We kids would welcome the baby chicks, feed them, and later collect their eggs. Months down the road, my dad would load the chickens into crates and take them to the women who ran a nearby slaughterhouse.
No doubt, the woman who unflinchingly killed our squawking chickens, dispassionately dismembered them, and deftly bagged the prized chicken livers was a very nice person—perhaps even someone to share a glass of wine with over lunch. But to us, her role as executioner—of chickens—earned her the nickname “Wicked Witch.”
If children intuitively call a woman who butchers chickens and bags up their livers a “wicked witch,” what should we call a woman who butchers tiny babies—human beings—and bags up their livers? The Obama administration calls her a “government consultant.”
That’s reprehensible. Sen. Rand Paul and others have announced plans to defund Planned Parenthood in light of the Nucatola debacle. Good, but not enough.
We need to delegitimize Planned Parenthood and delegitimize the cruel doctors whose expertise consists in knowing which parts of the unborn baby to “crush” in order to to harvest the money-producing parts “intact.” We need to insist that being an expert in baby dismemberment disqualifies instead of qualifies a doctor from being an “expert” consultant for the government—an expert on making sure children are “born healthy,” no less.
Planned Parenthood runs a bloody business. Many Americans are seeing, for the first time, the chilling, violent reality of abortion—and the insatiable greed driving America’s abortion business. Now, the question is: What is Congress willing to do about it?
Mary Hasson is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.