During the Republican presidential debate on Sept. 16, 2015, presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina made the bold statement that she saw a Planned Parenthood video where an aborted fetus was kept alive for its organ. On Tuesday, that said video was released in its entirety.
“As regards to Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,” Fiorina said at the Republican debate.
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, the organization which took the video referenced by Fiorina, released the footage in full. Speaking with TIME magazine, Gregg Cunningham, the founder of the organization confirmed that what was shown in the video was an abortion of a fetus aged about 17 and a half weeks. However, based on what he told TIME, this is not the copy that Fiorina watched.
“It is unimaginably more horrifying than the clip that we licensed for CMP to use and that Carly Fiorina made reference to in the debate,” Cunningham told TIME.
The video seen by Morning News USA has no audio track. Nobody has audibly said that they have to keep the fetus alive to harvest its brain. Neither has anyone mentioned Planned Parenthood. Fiorina was correct, though, that the fetus is still moving and its pulse is still beating. The fetus was even placed on a metal bowl and poked with different apparatus.
In an interview with NBC News on Sept. 27, Fiorina was adamant of what she saw in the video. “That scene absolutely does exist. And that voice saying what I said they were saying, ‘We’re going to keep it alive to harvest its brain’ exists as well,” she said.
“Planned Parenthood will not and cannot deny this because it is happening. It is happening in this nation. And taxpayers are paying for it. Planned Parenthood desperately wants everyone to think this isn’t going on. Because when Americans realize it is going on, whether they are pro-life or pro-choice, they are horrified. This goes to the character of our nation and it must be stopped,” Fiorina upheld.
You can watch the video here. WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC CONTENT.