WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Documents released by a Congressional watchdog committee show that Planned Parenthood has collected tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for fetal organs and tissue, and other medical “donations.”
The House Select Panel on Infant Lives unveiled 46 pages of documents, including invoices submitted from an abortion provider to a biomedical procurement organization. The three documents charge between $6,010 in February 2014, $9,060 in March 2011, and $11,365 in August 2012.
Of the invoice, $9,405 of the $11,365 total is listed as donations of “POCs,” the abortion facilities' term for “products of conception,” or unborn children's organs and tissue.
The remainder of the money came from charging the company for blood donated by women having abortions.
Although the documents are redacted, observers say it is clear the companies in question are Planned Parenthood and StemExpress.
Federal law prohibits profiting from the sale of human organs or tissue. In 1993, then-Congressman Henry Waxman of California, a Democrat who supported abortion-on-demand, said, “It would be abhorrent to allow for a sale of fetal tissue and a market to be created for that sale.”
Yet money flows to abortion facilities and the biomedical companies, House members said.
An invoice shows that one person paid the organ procurement company $3,340 for four “human fetal brains.”
Another paid $890 for the “upper and lower limbs with hands and feet” of a child at 18-19 weeks' gestation.
The documents reinforce undercover videos featuring Dr. Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood saying that abortionists carefully consider the procurement organization's organ requests before performing abortions and sometimes alter the procedure to assure the organs are not ruined.
Instructions from the biomedical company to procurement technicians say, “Upon arrival, inform the [abortion facility] staff clearly what you are procuring for the day.”
Technicians are paid $10 an hour, plus “a per tissue or blood bonus” of up to $75, depending on the type and number of organs or tissue samples extracted.
Aborted babies' brains, ovaries, testes, and hearts are most profitable, according to a House exhibit.
Since nearly all of this work is performed by StemExpress procurement technicians, it is unclear what costs are being reimbursed, pro-life leaders said.
The documents feature an advertisement to abortion facilities saying that selling the company, whose name has been redacted, human organs and tissue would be “financially profitable” and “providing a financial benefit to your clinic.”
The Center for Medical Progress previously released a copy of a StemExpress ad highlighting the profitable arrangement that organ procurement offered.
Planned Parenthood has denied it derived any illegal profits and described its “fetal tissue donation” program as a “humanitarian undertaking.”
CMP said in a press statement that the House hearing vindicated its allegations.
“The financial documents uncovered by the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives prove that Planned Parenthood profited from the sale of aborted baby parts to their long-time business partner StemExpress,” CMP said. “The facts are now undeniable that Planned Parenthood had no 'costs' to 'reimburse,' and every dollar they received for little baby hearts, brains, and livers netted illegal profit. Planned Parenthood lied to the media, to Congress, and to the American people for nine months falsely asserting they had no financial benefit from supplying baby parts.”
The documents also expose another potential falsehood, according to Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America.
In a letter to the National Institutes of Health, Cecile Richards “stated that only one percent of Planned Parenthood facilities harvest baby body parts,” Hawkins said. “Of her 700 facilities, that would equal only seven, which today’s hearing has shown to be false.”
Invoices show nine facilities participating in the program, although not all produced organs or tissue on every invoice.