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CBO report forecasts unsustainable debt in long term

BY STEPHEN DINAN

The economy is sluggish but growing and inflation remains low, painting a decidedly mixed picture for the federal government, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday, saying the fiscal situation is improving this year but will snap back by 2018 to swelling deficits and unsustainable debt.

The inflation rate is so low that Social Security beneficiaries probably won’t get a cost-of-living raise after this year, the CBO said. But tax revenue is up and spending has stayed pat, which is helping reduce the pool of red ink in the federal budget.

Combined, those numbers mean the government will run a deficit of $426 billion in fiscal year 2015, down about $60 billion from 2014 and marking the smallest deficit of President Obama’s tenure.


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The good news will continue for a couple of years as the economy belatedly but fully rebounds from the recession of December 2007 to June 2009. By 2018, though, debt will rise as government spending grows and the economy will cool again, the CBO said.

“The growth in debt is not sustainable,”CBO Director Keith Hall said in presenting the estimates. “At some point, it’s going to get to a very high level. Obviously, you can’t predict tipping points, but at some point this becomes a problem.”

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Democrats saw the short-term outlook as progress and said it’s time to close tax breaks and bring in more revenue for spending on investments such as infrastructure.


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Republicans kept their focus on the longer-term warnings in the CBOreport. They noted that taxes will remain higher than their historic average over the past five decades but deficits will persist because spending will still outpace revenue.

Budget watchdogs pleaded with all sides to go beyond the numbers and talk about solutions to persistent debt.

“I don’t know how anyone can declare victory when trillion-dollar deficits are just on the horizon,” said Judd Gregg, a former senator and a co-chairman of the advocacy group Fix the Debt. “While deficits are down this year, the real story is that they are on the rise and that our national debt is at record-high levels and growing.”

Watchdogs pleaded with presidential candidates to start talking about the national debt in their campaigns.

For the most part, that conversation has been muted. Democrats have called for tax hikes to pay for more spending, and Republicans generally have focused on other issues.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, however, has sparred with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a fellow Republican presidential candidate, over the fate of Social Security. Mr. Christie argues that the program needs benefit adjustments to survive.

The CBO report said Social Security spending will be slightly lower than analysts projected five months ago because fewer people will qualify for disability payments. Still, the $66-billion-a-month payout this year makes Social Security the largest single federal program, which is projected to represent 5.7 percent of gross domestic product in 2025.

Medicare and Medicaid, the government’s health care programs for the elderly and the poor, also are growing quickly and are projected to reach a combined 6.2 percent of GDP within a decade.

Defense and other basic domestic spending, however, continue to dip as a percentage of government spending and the economy, reaching levels not seen in decades.

Democrats say cuts to domestic discretionary programs such as education and infrastructure have gone deep enough and that it’s time to reverse them, and they reject Republican calls for limits on growth in entitlement spending.

The CBO said the economy is recovering, though more slowly than predicted. The GDP, the report said, will grow 2 percent this year and rise to 3.1 percent next year before slowing again.

Mr. Hall said recent turmoil in stock markets has not changed those estimates.

“The economic fundamentals, at least so far, haven’t been changed,” he said.

In a more pressing finding, the CBOsaid the government has room to stave off a debt limit breach through November or December — a longer time frame than projected a few months ago. Mr. Hall credited higher tax receipts this year as the reason.

Debt held by the public will dip this year to 73.8 percent, down from 74 percent in fiscal year 2014, and will fluctuate for a few years before beginning a steady climb by 2020 and nearing 77 percent in 2025. Those are levels unseen since 1950, when the country was getting out from under the burden of World War II.

Report: Every Deported Illegal Household Saves Taxpayers More than $700,000

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BY JULIA HAHN

Advocates for mass-migration are using skewed financial claims to smear Donald Trump’s popular border proposals, which actually would help revive the near-bankrupt Social Security and Medicare programs.

For every illegal migrant household that leaves the United States under Trump’s plan, Americans would recoup nearly three-quarters of a million dollars ($719,350), according to 2010 data collected by Heritage scholar Robert Rector.

The lifetime savings accrued from one deported illegal household would provide funds for 125 low-income inner city students to receive the maximum Pell Grant award in 2015-2016 ($5,775); it could cover the cost of pre-kindergarten for 90 at-risk children (around $8,000 per child); or it could cover the one year cost of Medicaid for 124 enrollees ($5,790 based on FY2011 data).

But business interests want the migrants to stay. That’s because migrants help lower the cost of Americans’ wages, but also because the migrants spend their wages — plus taxpayer aid — at retail stories and rental agencies.

For example, the American Action Forum (AAF), a business-backed pro-amnesty group, claims that legal costs and forced migration would spike the cost of Trump’s plan up to $300 billion to arrest and remove all illegal immigrants living in the United States. The AAF was founded by Fred Malek, who co-founded and chairs a hospitality investment company whose hotels employ many low skilled migrants.

AAF’s cost projections have been trumpeted by many in the mainstream media such as NBC and Fox News.

In reality, “a modest increase in enforcement (such as E-verify or visa tracking) would cause significant attrition in the illegal population– sending millions of illegals home on their own at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer.” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies.

There’s good evidence for Vaughan’s argument. “Arizona’s population of unauthorized immigrants of working age fell by about 17 percent” in the course of a single year, after the state began to enforce E-verify, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

The claim from Malek’s AAF also ignores the financial savings caused by the return of migrants to their home countries.

Illegal migrants cost U.S. taxpayers a net total of nearly $100 billion annually, concluded a 2010 investigation by the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

The 2010 report calculated the total contributions (mainly taxes) generated by the illegal migrants, and then subtracted the cost of taxpayer aid to those migrants. The aid includes education, subsidized housing, food stamps, tax credits, medical expenses. Overall, the report found illegal migrants cost taxpayers a total of $113 billion a year. The report then “accounts for taxes paid by illegal aliens [which is] about $13 billion a year, resulting in a net cost to taxpayers of about $100 billion.”

Under the Trump plan, that spending could be used to reduce taxpayer spending. The resulting savings could fund the entire federal cost of major proposals by liberal Democrats, such as a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. President Obama’s original 2013 proposal was projected to cost $75 billion over a decade.

Or the government could allocate 60 percent more resources and benefits for returning American soldiers and veterans (increasing the President’s 2016 budget request for the VA from its current $168.8 billion to $268.8 billion)

Alternatively, public schools could have the funds to employ an additional 1.9 million elementary school teachers to help teach young Americans in already-overcrowded schools.

State and local governments could employ 1.6 million more police officers in to reduce crime in gang-besieged neighborhoods.

These savings could the expand the government’s allotment for Emergency Shelter Grants, which provide support for the homeless or victims of domestic violence, by than 400 times its 2014 budget ($250 million).

Upon first hearing the costs illegal migrants impose upon U.S. taxpayers, many find the figure difficult to believe, says Heritage’s Robert Rector:

“The debate about the fiscal consequences of unlawful and low-skill immigration is hampered by a number of misconceptions. Few lawmakers really understand the current size of government and the scope of redistribution… Unlawful immigrants, on average, are always tax consumers; they never once generate a ‘fiscal surplus’ that can be used to pay for government benefits elsewhere in society.”

Nations that are more serious about enforcing their immigration laws, however, are aware of the fiscal burdens mass migration places on its citizenry and have taken measures to combat economic strains. Israel, for example, has begun offering migrants $3,500 in cash and a one-way airplane ticket home in order to encourage repatriation.

Gov. Bentley cutting off state funding to Planned Parenthood – WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

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BY MORGAN CARLSON

(Source: WSFA 12 file photo)(Source: WSFA 12 file photo)Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday afternoon he is terminating state funding to Planned Parenthood.

    • This announcement comes after a controversial video was released accusing Planned Parenthood of selling fetal body parts.

      “The deplorable practices at Planned Parenthood have been exposed to Americans, and I have decided to stop any association with the organization in Alabama,” Bentley said in a statement. “As a doctor and Alabama’s Governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important. I respect human life and do not want Alabama to be associated with an organization that does not.”

      Bentley sent a letter to Planned Parenthood Southeast CEO Staci Fox informing her of the decision to end the agreement between Alabama Medicaid and Planned Parenthood Southeast Thursday. The termination will go into effect in 15 days.

      Planned Parenthood Southeast has two locations in Alabama, one in Mobile and one in Birmingham.

      According to the Alabama Medicaid Agency, a total of $4,351.37 has been paid to Planned Parenthood Southeast over the last two years. In 2014, $933.79 was paid for an office visit, one intrauterine device insertion and injections. This year, $3,417.58 has been paid for office visits, insertion of contraceptive implants, contraceptive injections, intrauterine device insertions and other injections.

      Fox released a statement Thursday afternoon saying:

      We are disappointed that Governor Bentley has been distracted by a deceptive attack against our organization instead of staying focused on what really matters to women in Alabama. What Alabamians need is more access to health care, not less.

      As a high-quality provider of medical care to women across Alabama, ensuring access to quality health services is fundamental. Planned Parenthood Southeast has been providing high-quality, affordable health care in the state for nearly 80 years and each year provides health care and education to more than 22,000 people across Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

      Let’s talk about what defunding Planned Parenthood really means: It means taking away health care services for the thousands of women, men and young people who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers each year for basic health care. Just two days ago, Bentley himself was quoted as saying that cuts to Medicaid affect real people — like the Alabamians who will be cut off from care by this decision.

      In 2013, 323,490 women in Alabama were in need of publicly supported contraceptive services and supplies and most women who obtain publicly funded family planning services do so at safety-net health centers like Planned Parenthood.  Every year in Alabama, Planned Parenthood provides women and men with lifesaving cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control options, and, STD testing and treatment. Because of our health centers, low-income, uninsured women and families were able to access high-quality affordable health care through the safety net provided by Medicaid funding.

      The courts have been clear that the federal law prohibits states from excluding abortion providers from Medicaid.  To date, two Circuit courts, the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, have reached the issue, and the Supreme Court has declined to review the Seventh and the Ninth Circuit decisions. Also the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey & Certification (CMCS) clearly stated in an informational memo dated June 2011: “States are not, however, permitted to exclude providers from the program solely on the basis of the range of medical services they provide.”

      Planned Parenthood’s doors remain open and we will continue to provide high-quality, compassionate care to the women and men who rely on us.

      According to the governor’s letter, Planned Parenthood Southeast can request a hearing with Alabama Medicaid.

      Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a similar decision earlier this week.

New Hampshire defunds Planned Parenthood

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BY PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM

Planned Parenthood’s five clinics in New Hampshire will lose about one-third of their funding, after the state’s Executive Council voted to halt their state dollars on Wednesday.

The council, comprised of three Republicans and two Democrats, rejected about $650,000 in state funding to the women’s health and abortion provider, according to the Associated Press. Council members said the group should instead be investigated, now that it is known that some Planned Parenthood clinics participate in aborted fetal tissue donations.

Five videos released over the last few weeks by an anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress show top Planned Parenthood officials in California, Colorado and Texas discussing how abortion doctors obtain aborted fetal organs and provide them to biomedical companies in exchange for financial compensation.

The videos have incited a hot debate over whether Planned Parenthood is breaking the law by profiting from the donations or whether its doctors have violated ethical standards by changing how they conduct abortion procedures. Planned Parenthood clinics in New Hampshire don’t participate in fetal tissue collections.

The clinics used the state funding for health services such as birth control, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and counseling. They will continue receiving federal dollars through Medicaid and family planning programs.

The New Hampshire Council is a board of elected members who are part of the state’s executive branch and act as representatives to the governor. Chris Sununu, a GOP councilor who has supported Planned Parenthood in the past, supported stripping the state funds from it.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan said she was unhappy about the vote in a statement she released.

“Planned Parenthood provides critical primary and preventive health care services to thousands of New Hampshire women, including cancer screenings, birth control and STD testing. Access to these services is essential to the economic security and vitality of our families, and I am incredibly disappointed in the outcome of today’s vote.”

Where did billions in Obamacare grants go?

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BY ROBERT KING

The federal government and the states have no idea what happened to billions of dollars given to create Obamacare’s exchanges, according to a federal watchdog.

The Government Accountability Office charged the Obama administration and many state-run healthcare exchanges with not adequately tracking federal funding, according to a report in the libertarian Reason magazine on Monday.

The GAO report, which is still in draft form, comes as the administration is taking heat for not properly screening fake Obamacare applications.

The watchdog’s latest finding focuses on grant funding for state-run marketplaces from September 2010 to March 2015, Reason reported.

Neither the states examined by the GAO nor the administration detailed how grant funding for information-technology projects was spent.

Also, the states and the administration didn’t track how much of $2.78 billion in Medicaid matching funds was used to fund exchange operations or development, according to Reason, which did not name the states implicated in the draft report.

The draft report appears to lay the blame on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which manages Obamacare.

“Rather than require states to report spending on specific products, CMS required states running their own exchanges to report spending on five general categories — IT contracts, IT consultants, IT personnel, IT equipment and IT supplies,” Reason’s report said. “The vast majority of the grant money went to contracts for services like ‘systems integration, project management, and independent validation and verifications.'”

The report’s findings are the latest problem to bubble up over the management of Obamacare. Last week, the GAO found that 11 fake applications were re-enrolled in Obamacare earlier this year and continued to get subsidies. The applications were re-enrolled without new documentation.

Opponents of the healthcare law said the latest findings are indicative of rampant mismanagement with the program, while supporters countered that the GAO’s undercover investigation isn’t complete.

The management of funding for exchanges is the subject of a hearing scheduled for Friday by a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Mark Levin : Numbers You Hear on Immigration are a Lie

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Conservative talk radio host and scholar Mark Levin called in to Breitbart News Sunday and blasted “criminal politicians” on both sides of the aisle who keep praising illegal immigrants. Levin emphatically stressed that Republican voters must reject presidential candidates who will not block the left from enacting their radical goals.

Levin, whose new book Plunder and Deceit will be published next month, told host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon in a wide-ranging interview that conservatives “cannot accept” in this election cycle any candidate who “just wants to get along, show that they can manage” America’s decline.

“We want to elect the most conservative person we can, not [someone] who’s going to support Common Core, who’s going to tell us we have to figure out how to get around the base,” Levin said, in reference to Jeb Bush’s remarks about the need to “lose the primary to win the general” election.

Levin, who is one of the intellectual leaders of the conservative movement, said conservatives need a nominee who “believes in American sovereignty and talks about the Constitution.” He said there are only four or five of those candidates in the field, and “those are the guys I’m going to promote as time goes on.”

Such a candidate will of course be hated by the Republican establishment and their preferred establishment pundits. Levin said, “Virtually every commentator on Fox is going to trash them.”

He added that anti-establishment conservative candidates will also be trashed by “a lot of these [center-right] websites where younger guys have now inherited what prior generations have built.”

Though Levin said he had some reservations about some of Donald Trump’s more liberal stances in the past, he appreciates Trump because he forced the media and politicians to discuss illegal immigration. Levin said that people are currently “rallying around Trump because they want a leader” and are just “sick and tired of the phonies.”

Trump is resonating with Americans, especially the so-called “silent majority,” by speaking bluntly about illegal immigration, and Levin also had some politically incorrect points to make on the subject. While listening to Breitbart News Sunday, Levin said he was particularly bothered by the claim—made by politicians on both sides of the aisle—that there are so many so-called “jobs that Americans will not do.” Levin mentioned that, according to the Census, 73% of janitors are American citizens, as are 51% of maids and housekeepers, 58%of taxi drivers, 64% of landscapers, 66% of construction workers, and 72% of bellhops, porters, and concierges.

But the establishment wings of both parties that do not want to control immigration levels never mention these inconvenient facts. Levin also predicted that the current “push by cities to drive up the minimum wage makes it more likely that people are going to hire illegal aliens in order to undercut the wages of Americans who work in these industries.”

“I wanted to mention these jobs because the majority of these manual labor jobs are done by American citizens, and there’d be more but for the fact that the entire pay structure is undermined by the criminals who come into the country and the criminals who hire them and the criminal politicians who keep praising them,” Levin said.

He added that when listening to Jeb Bush, it seems like he believes “Everybody who comes here is better than every American citizen.”

In the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields, Levin mentioned that studies have found that for every two students who gets a STEM degree, only one is hired in a STEM job. He noted that another study has found that 32% of computer science graduates who are not entering the information technology (IT) workforce say it is because IT jobs are not available, while 53% say they found “other job opportunities.”

That is why Levin said it is a lie when Silicon Valley companies lobby Congress for more H-1b visas and claim that they need more “importation of people from other countries.”

“We are literally forcing out American citizens [from both ends of the economic and jobs spectrum],” Levin said. “I’m a free market capitalist, but we don’t have free market capitalism. We have an iron-fisted centralized welfare state.”

Invoking Reagan, Levin said that “Until we have a new Republican party… this is going to continue.”

The talk radio host said conservatives need to be as “aggressive on our side as Obama is on their side” and “take our message, principles to everybody in the country.” He said a candidate who can “articulate our position, who can expose the other side for killing jobs” and explain how the left is “destroying the future for our children and grandchildren” would give Republicans “a fighting chance.” If Republicans nominate a conservative with those qualities, it would be the first time that many Americans get a chance to vote for a true conservative for president.

“If you are under 45, you have never had an opportunity to vote for a conservative for president,” Levin said (Reagan was the GOP’s last true conservative presidential nominee), emphasizing that voting for a real conservative for president is “invigorating, it’s exciting… you would see how people rally to somebody like that.”

But such a candidate will first have to defeat the GOP establishment that often attacks conservatives more than Democrats.

“I want people to also remember that if the Bush family had its way there would have been no Ronald Reagan,” said Levin, who was an official in Reagan’s Justice Department. He emphasized that the establishment Republicans attacking conservatives today “are the same elements who are invested in big government, who are invested in the redistribution of wealth, who are invested in non-conservative principles while they pretend to be otherwise.”

Levin continued to blast today’s Republican party for not being a “free-market capitalist party” and likened the GOP to the Whigs.

“The Republican party is not a conservative party. It’s not a constitutional party,” Levin said. “It’s not the converse of the Democrat party, which makes no excuses. The Democrat party is a socialist party.”

Levin mentioned that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is a socialist and marxist who is backed by the Communist party. He added that Obama is an Alinskyite and emphasized that Hillary Clinton also met with the famous radical Saul Alinsky and was “enamored with him.”

“That’s them,” Levin said of the left. “That’s who they are.”

In contrast, Levin said that “our side” has “useless and pathetic individuals who are assisting the hard radical left to accomplish their goals.”

“Can you tell me what the Republican Party stands for?” Levin asked. “It stands for nothing. It’s biding its time. It’s treading water. When it turns it guns on anybody, it turns its guns on conservatives.”

He mentioned that in contrast to Reagan, who had 78 vetoes or pocket vetoes, Obama has only vetoed four bills, which means the Republican Congress has not sent him a budget or bills related to immigration or Obamacare that Obama did not like.

“The Republicans have accommodated Obama every step of the way,” Levin said. “They won’t even send him a bill to veto.”

Levin said the GOP establishment so frequently attacks conservatives because the GOP’s leaders are “entrenched in Washington, the bureaucracy, the corporatists, and so forth.”

“This Republican party has lurched so far from Reagan. It’s the Bush party… It’s the Rockefeller party. It’s the

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party,” Levin said. “They are bought and paid for by the Chamber of Commerce, by the Silicon Valley and everybody else.”

Explaining how difficult it is to make government more limited and enact reforms, Levin noted that the “federal government is not going to reform itself even if we send the most conservative president,” especially since “One Supreme Court justice can turn the country on its head–and they do it constantly now.” He also said the “massive” and “rogue” federal bureaucracy issues 3,000-6,000 regulations a year, which means thousands of new laws. In addition, Levin said, “Separations of power are meaningless” because “Congress passes bills that are so long they don’t even read them.” Levin also brought up the fact that Obama is using his powers to nationalize millions of acres, “taking them from states and individuals,” by designating them as monuments.

“This is an autocracy,” Levin said. “We are out of control.”

Levin predicted that “Things are really going to get out of hand one of these days” because “financially, there is a point of no return.”

“The laws of economics are like the laws of physics—at some point the politicians won’t be able to fix it even if they want to,” Levin said of the country’s spiraling debt. “I don’t know that we’re there yet, but things are really going to get out of hand one of these days.”

Levin mentioned that the trustees of Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare send letters every year to remind politicians, especially the President of the Senate (Vice President Joe Biden), telling them that “this is unsustainable.” He pointed out, for instance, that the disability insurance for Social Security is set to go bankrupt next year.

“I think it is going to have to get so bad that people are finally going to turn to what the Framers gave us in the Constitution—(Article V convention of the states)—but it may be too late at that point,” Levin said.

In the end, civil disobedience that is peaceful and civil may be the best way for individuals to combat the radical left, especially since they are so willing to use “the government and the instrumentalities of government against us”–like using the law to be lawless and using “the law to protect plunder.”

“We need to become more aggressive both in language [and] in our conduct,” Levin said.

He said he calls for a “new civil rights movement” in his book and chided the left for declaring that “everything they want”—even more big government and redistribution of wealth—is a civil right.

The “real civil rights movement,” according to Levin, “needs to be for liberty and prosperity,” and if Americans “don’t fight for this, we are going to enslave our kids and grandkids… to the worst future imaginable.”

He also said that individuals can decide to engage in acts of civil disobedience on their own. For instance, Levin suggested to college students that “When a marxist professor tells them to do something, do what I did and say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that.’” And unlike the radical left, Levin said, “We’re not going to burn down the administration building or start turning cop cars over and burning down neighborhoods.”

“We need to start making our voices heard everywhere—Hollywood, the media, the classroom,” Levin emphasized. “They are going to have to put up with us whether they like it or not.”

Washington Post Changed Planned Parenthood ‘Organ Harvesting’ Headline To ‘Research’

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Newsweek covers for abortionists, saying “there’s more to it than meets the eye”

BY STEVE WATSON

When the shocking video of a Planned Parenthood senior official bragging about organ harvesting from aborted babies went viral yesterday, The Washington Post originally ran the story with the headline containing the words ‘organ harvesting’. However, the headline was altered a short time later, to intimate the official was merely discussing “research”.

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The story itself was also edited, with body parts like the heart and liver being changed to “tissue,” yet no note was made of any changes by the publication.

The timing of the Washington Post headline change coincided with Planned Parenthood releasing its own spin on the footage, claiming it was “heavily edited” and calling for journalistic “balance”.

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The Post removed a sentence about the PP official “sipping red wine” while explaining how to preserve the organs of an aborted fetus while “crushing” it. The Post also added the sentence, “In the video, Nucatola appears to allude to methods for carefully extracting the organs.”

Also in the edited version, a whole new paragraph was added about fetal tissue research. “In the 1980s and 1990s, researchers considered fetal tissue transplants a budding treatment for Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. Some believed they held the potential to prevent autism.” the retouched version notes.

The video of Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical services, clearly shows her bragging about how babies are aborted in a specific way so that their body parts and organs can later be sold for profit.

“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part,” Nucatola said to actors posing as organ traffickers. “I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

“I’d say a lot of people want liver,” Nucatola continued. “And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps.”

The sickening footage has prompted Texas governor Greg Abbott to promise a full investigation of the organisation. In a tweet, Abbott noted that he has already sued Planned Parenthood for Medicaid Fraud.

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The Washington Post wasn’t the only mainstream outlet to temper its coverage of the story. Newsweek was accused of conducting damage control when it began tweeting out a write ups of how “there’s more to [the video] than meets the eye”.

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Newsweek claimed that “Tissue donation is different than the harvesting of human organs for sale”, and that “due to editing, the context is not entirely clear” in the video.

Several people pointed out that the unedited 3 hour video is even worse than the edited one, and provides all the context needed to understand exactly what Nucatola is referring to – organ harvesting.

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