[10/26/16] Itemized in black and white on an invoice reviewed by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee were two gruesome purchases: $325 for the skin from an aborted baby with Down syndrome, brain from another aborted baby, and $120 for FedEx overnight priority delivery, The Christian Post reports.
The most horrific aspect of all is that this is not an isolated incident and adds credibility to the undercover investigation videos released by the Center for Medical Progress in 2015.
These two specific purchases involved Planned Parenthood and Advanced Biosciences Resources, a human tissue procurement group, according to the report.
“After paying $60 for a 20-week old fetus at a Planned Parenthood clinic in June of 2014, ABR ‘sold its brain to one customer for $325; both of its eyes for $325 each ($650 total) to a second customer, a portion of its liver for $325 to a third customer; its thymus for $325 and another portion of liver to a fourth customer; and its lung for $325 to a fifth customer,’” the report continues.
“And those costs were only for the fetal organs themselves. Before adding shipping and disease screening fees, on that one fetus alone the company charged its customers a total of $2,275, netting a $2,215 profit.”
The Majority Staff Report on Human Fetal Tissue Research issued by the U.S. Senate committee details years of controversy about the ethics of exploiting aborted babies’ body parts in biomedical research, and the 1993 passage of the National Institute of Health Revitalization Act, which was intended to prohibit all buying and selling of aborted baby body parts. U.S. 42 U.S. Code 289.2 establishes, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.”
“It would be abhorrent to allow for the sale of fetal tissue and a market to be created for that sale,” said Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman, a lead sponsor of the legislation. “Any price is unreasonable and illegal.”
However, the Congressional report details how multiple administrations have failed to enforce the act, and the Department of Health and Human Services has failed to ever audit adherence to this federal standard. Three biotech companies have been implicated since 2010 in directly violating this 1993 provision by purchasing tissue from Planned Parenthood. However, reports of wrongdoing go back more than a decade to a Planned Parenthood facility in Overland Park, Kansas donating aborted baby body parts to research endeavors.
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