Right To Life

Michigan abortion providers caught on undercover video

On October 22 undercover videos from an abortion industry conference were released online. Two Michigan abortion providers were prominently featured in the videos.

The Center for Medical Progress created the videos but a court order is preventing them from publicly releasing them. Unfortunately the National Abortion Federation doesn’t want the public to know what the abortion industry really talks about. The videos were recently turned over to Congress and were apparently leaked by a Congressional staffer.

One video featured abortion clinic owner Renee Chelian speaking at a workshop on how to get rid of the remains of aborted children. Chelian owns the Northland Family Planning chain of abortion clinics which do approximately a quarter of all abortions in Michigan, and do abortions up to 24 weeks. In the video Chelian discussed the variety of problems she encountered when Stericycle, a waste disposal company, refused to continue disposing of her clinic’s fetal remains.

At one point in the workshop Chelian described how her clinics had five months-worth of fetal remains in rented freezers. She goes on to talk about her obsession with getting rid of the fetal tissue.

She said, “I was so consumed with fetal tissue that I was ready to drive to upper Michigan to have a bonfire. And it was just trying to figure out, you know, how I wouldn’t get stopped or how far into the woods would I have to go to have this fire that nobody would see me.”

During the question and answer period Chelian mentioned she thought burning the remains of aborted children for energy would be a “great idea” if it wouldn’t be such a “PR nightmare.”

Michigan Planned Parenthood abortionist Lisa Harris was shown in three videos. One featured a conversation between David Daleiden and Harris regarding the possibility of obtaining fetal body parts. She discussed how her Planned Parenthood clinic formerly provided “fetal orbits” (eyeballs) to researchers.

In a video entitled “Planned Parenthood Michigan Workshop Video,” Harris answered a question from an audience member and encouraged the audience comprised of abortion industry workers to admit to the violence of abortion.

Harris said, “I actually think we should be less about denying the reality of those images [images of aborted children] and more about acknowledging that, yeah, that’s kind of true. Given that we see the fetus the same way and given that we might both agree that there’s violence in here, ask me why I come to work every day. Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing. Let’s just give them all that.”

During another workshop Harris described how she had a chance meeting with a judge in Michigan who had been signing all of her judicial bypasses to allow minors in Michigan to have abortions without parental consent. Harris says the judge told her he did more judicial bypasses than almost anyone in the country.

To watch these videos of abortion providers talking behind closed doors, visit www.RTL.org.