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Report: University of Minnesota buying aborted babies’ body parts

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September 30, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The University of Minnesota has been buying human remains from a fetal tissue vendor identified in the Planned Parenthood human tissue trafficking videos, a new report says. The footage has also exposed that the company is operating in violation of Minnesota law.

A Center for Medical Progress video released September 1 showed Advanced BioScience Resources (ABR) Procurement Manager Perrin Larton revealing that she acquires fetal organs and tissue from abortion facilities in a number of states, including Minnesota, where abortion facilities are required to dispose of aborted babies' bodies "by cremation, interment by burial, or in a manner directed by the commissioner of health," with failure to do classified as a misdemeanor.

LifeSiteNews has viewed purchase orders obtained by Alpha News MN showing the University of Minnesota's purchases from ABR from 2008-2014.

Among the body parts purchased by the university from ABR are pancreases from 16- to 24-week children and lungs from 16- to 22-week children, as well as livers and thymuses (a lymphoid organ of the immune system) from children in their second trimester.

ABR, listing its address as 1010 N. Dale St. in St. Paul, has been registered as a non-profit in the state of Minnesota since April 2009 and is recorded in "active/good standing" with the Minnesota secretary of state's office. 

On the same September 1 video, Larton mentioned convicted murderer abortionist Kermit Gosnell by name, and talked about how aborted children sometimes fall out of their mothers' wombs after being aborted, providing an intact fetal cadaver for ABR.

"I literally have had women come in and they'll go in the [operating room] and they're back out in three minutes, and I'm going, 'What's going on?'" she said on the video. "Oh, yeah – the fetus was already in the vaginal canal whenever we put her in the stirrups. It just fell out."

Since 2009, two federal agencies have been fetal tissue customers of ABR, with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) paying ABR $257,000 and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) paying the company about $73,000.

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) has denied that it's ever been involved in fetal tissue donation.

Minnesota Republican state legislators have asked Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton to investigate the abortion giant, but he has refused, accusing them of "full-time grandstanding" and stating, "As far as I'm concerned, there's no basis for an investigation at taxpayer expense into a private nonprofit organization that has stated they don't engage in those practices here in Minnesota."

Dayton's Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, a former vice president for external affairs at PPMNS, has taken the same stance as Dayton on the issue.

Calls for investigation and defunding of the nation's largest abortion chain have intensified in recent months since the videos of its bartering in human remains began to surface, with investigations commencing in multiple states.

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