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Experts: Abortion Video Fiorina Cited Was Likely a Miscarriage

Experts: Abortion Video Fiorina Cited Was Likely a Miscarriage

By    |   Wednesday, 07 October 2015 09:42 AM

A harrowing video GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina dared people to watch as proof of unconscionable "butchery" to harvest fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood abortions is reportedly "most likely" a miscarriage, according to medical experts.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO spoke passionately about the video during the second Republican candidates' debate last month, describing "a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone say 'We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.'"

"As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes," she challenged. But The Guardian reports "several medical experts" reviewed the graphic video and concluded it depicted a miscarriage.

"It's a premature delivery, a miscarriage," Jennifer Gunter, an obstetrician-gynecologist based in San Francisco, who watched the 13-minute, 13-second video along with an unnamed abortion provider from the Midwest, the Guardian reports. 

Added the abortion provider who does not work for Planned Parenthood: "I am 100 percent certain that’s not in an abortion clinic and 99 percent certain that it's not an abortion at all, "calling the video" a cynical and callous exploitation of a patient's personal tragedy in suffering this miscarriage … and in such a way as to mislead for political gain."

The Guardian reports The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform released a full version of the video last week on YouTube, titled "Carly Fiorina is right," asserting "this unedited version of the disputed footage proves incontestably that this termination is an abortion."

The newspaper did not provide any links. A video under that title remains on YouTube.

The Guardian reports, however, "multiple medical experts" disagreed with the CBR on what the video shows.

"I agree with Dr Gunter," another unnamed medical expert tells The Guardian. "I think she is 100 percent correct and I have always felt that it was a miscarriage. I cannot say 100 percent, but I would say it is most likely, and I have reviewed it with [a colleague], who also says it is more consistent with a miscarriage than an abortion."

The Guardian reports that experts noted the woman in the video is lying on is a hospital bed, and about 30 percent wider than a standard procedure table that a patient would lie on to have an abortion at a clinic, and that stirrups holding her feet aren't typically used during an abortion, and are "consistent with labor and delivery stirrups. After the fetus emerges, its umbilical cord is clamped; the experts tell the Guardian during an abortion, the cord is cut, not clamped.

Then, as the doctor lifts the fetus across to a table and places it in a metal dish, the camera pans and a portion of a standard-issue hospital maternity receiving blanket can be seen. More than 10 minutes after the fetus is delivered, the patient has not expelled the placenta and there is no recorded action by medical staff to accelerate this process, the Guardian reports.

The video ends with no sign of the placenta, something that doctors would not wait for in an abortion, the Guardian reports. "With all the information provided, I feel very confident – if you showed me this video and asked me, as an ob-gyn, what it was, I would say a premature delivery, based on the bed, the stirrups, the techniques – abortion would not even come to mind," Gunter tells the Guardian.

The footage has emerged as part of a series of videos and other material released since July by CBR, along with fellow anti-abortion organization the Center for Medical Progress, the Guardian reports – a series that accuses Planned Parenthood of profiting from the sale of fetal parts.

For her part, a campaign spokeswoman for Fiorina emailed the Guardian a link to a Fox News story about the CBR-posted video, and CBR’s executive director, Gregg Cunningham, declaring: "We have incontestably laid to rest the question of whether this is an authentic abortion because we show the abortion."

Cunningham called the medical experts’ assessments of the video "laughable," the Guardian reports. "Were this a pre-term delivery of a wanted baby, there would be immediate neonatal intensive care, not least because they would be open to a lawsuit otherwise," he said. "Why would the delivery physician drop it down in a cold pan? Why would you not at least provide palliative care if he deems the baby not survivable?"

Cunningham tells the Guardian the footage "was shot at an abortion clinic" and is of a "borderline case" premature baby being induced and aborted, rather than a non-viable fetus miscarried in a spontaneous delivery.

"I would love to tell you where it was shot," he tells the Guardian. "This is like the Holocaust deniers who said the death camp photos were fake. We have video of the pregnancy being terminated. We never talk about when it was taken or where it was taken."

Fiorina’s campaign didn't comment to the Guardian.

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A harrowing video GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina dared people to watch as proof of unconscionable "butchery" to harvest fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood abortions is reportedly "most likely" a miscarriage, according to medical experts.
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