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Planned Parenthood: the Amazon of the fetal parts industry

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July 16, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The economy is nothing like it was in the Clinton years. The dot-com bubble burst, the housing market tanked, and few industries have returned to their level of prosperity – except one.

The price of aborted children's body parts has increased markedly since it was first revealed in the late 1990s.

Sixteen years ago, when abortion clinics were first found to be profiting from the harvesting and trade in aborted baby body parts, the fetal tissue industry was miniscule compared to what it is today. Prices for a baby’s brain under eight weeks gestation was listed at $999.

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Fetal gonads cost $500.

Since then, products have diversified into processed items to make the baby parts harvesting and trade business a multi-billion dollar industry.

For instance, today, companies such as Stem Express are selling aborted baby livers after processing and getting them down to specific types of derived cells.  Whereas in 1998 the price list had aborted baby livers ranging from $125 to $150, today’s prices for a vial of aborted baby liver cells range anywhere from $488 to $24,250.

Planned Parenthood has been deceiving the public about its profit on the marketing of body parts from aborted babies for two decades. When they were first caught involved with a middle-man company selling organs, limbs and other body parts to researchers, they denied involvement.

In 2000, ABC’s 20/20 program did its own investigation to confirm the results of the findings of pro-life group Life Dynamics, which found baby body parts were being sold to researchers. 

Gloria Feldt, who was then-president of Planned Parenthood, told 20/20 that fetal organ trafficking “seems inappropriate – totally inappropriate. Where there is wrongdoing, it should be prosecuted. People who are doing that kind of thing should be brought to justice.”

This time around, current president Cecile Richards was caught on video acknowledging the practice, and Planned Parenthood has not issued a categorical denial.  Instead, its PR firm made the innocuous-sounding claim that it’s nothing more than women choosing to donate the “tissue” from their abortions, which is all very consensual and legal.

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While it is illegal to “sell” aborted baby body parts, Planned Parenthood appears to be raking in profits from the aborted baby parts trade via loopholes in the law that allow payment for things like transportation, processing and storage of fetal tissue.

Consent means disclosure of information. How many Planned Parenthoods are telling mothers coming in for abortions that they’re basing part of their decision making on how to kill the fetus and remove it from the mother, based on the body parts they want to procure for researchers willing to pay top dollar for them?

A Congressional hearing 15 years ago found that despite their denials, at least one Planned Parenthood clinic was indeed involved in the baby parts trafficking business.

Fifteen years later, another undercover investigation has shown Planned Parenthood is the center of the baby parts business.  A new Congressional investigation is underway. 

Over at IJ Review yesterday, I noted that this is only the latest manifestation of abortion’s devaluation of human life. In 2006 we saw abortion mills in the Netherlands and Ukraine harvesting babies for beauty treatments. Remember too that only after getting caught last year did officials in Oregon end a program where aborted babies from Canada were being used as a source of energy via incinerator.

As presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told me Tuesday, “This latest news is tragic and outrageous. This isn't about ‘choice’. It’s about profiting on the death of the unborn while telling women it's about empowerment."

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John-Henry Westen

John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews.com. He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.  

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.  

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.

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