SALE! Aborted Baby Parts
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 31, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
“Undercover video shows Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal organs used for research,” was a headline July 14th. The video, done with “police-quality undercover cameras,” records a meeting between two pro-life activists posing as biotech firm employees and Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research. Over lunch in a Los Angeles restaurant, PP’s medical research director provided “straight-from-the-horse’s-mouth” verification of PP’s harvesting of fetal organs produced by abortion.
Between sips of wine, she explained how carefully she performs an abortion to simultaneously crush the body, while protecting designated organs. She said it this way: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver … so I’m not gonna crush that part; I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
About the price of organs and tissue, she said, “You know, I would throw a number out, I would say it’s probably anywhere from $30 to $100, depending on the facility and what’s involved. It just has to do with space issues, are you sending someone there that’s going to do everything … is there shipping involved? Is someone going to be there to pick it up?”
Getting that meeting didn’t happen overnight. Over three years, the activists had built up their front as representatives of a biotech company interested in obtaining aborted organs for medical research. In case you’re wondering, donating tissue is legal, selling or buying it is not.
The July 14th headline is NOT the FIRST time selling aborted baby parts made headlines. My November 1999 newsletter named the businesses and detailed the marketing and price of aborted baby tissue, including babies that survived abortion, but were killed or allowed to die. At that time a 24-hour collection service at abortion clinics was supported by tax money funneled through the National Institutes of Health, which is a federal agency operating under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.
Prices for baby organs are based on gestational age and condition. A current price list is not available, but in 1999 a kidney was $100-$125; a brain $150-$999, with a 30 percent discount if it is fragmented. Ears and eyes were $50-$75. That list remains available on line.
A 1999 congressional study committee reported no illegal activity. However, with the advent of these videos, congressional investigations have been announced and Georgia is among at least nine states whose governors say local PP practices will be reviewed. But in the last few days, a California court filed an injunction against subsequent videos that had been promised for weekly release. For Georgia Insight I’m Sue Ella Deadwyler, your Capitol correspondent