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Blackburn Calls for HHS Investigation into StemExpress & Abortion Clinics Cites evidence showing violations of HIPAA Privacy Rule and IRB Regulations
Washington, DC – Select Investigative Panel Chairman Marsha Blackburn is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to investigate potential violations of federal law by StemExpress and a number of abortion clinics.
In a letter to the Office of Centralized Case Management Operations at HHS, Chairman Blackburn asks Director Jocelyn Samuels to examine evidence uncovered by the Select Panel’s investigation that shows StemExpress and the abortion clinics violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The HIPAA privacy rule is a patients’ rights law, designed to empower the patient to determine when and where their private medical information will be disclosed.
The Select Panel’s investigation also shows that StemExpress violated federal regulations governing Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) by using the appearance of compliance with the regulations, while fraudulently using invalid consent forms, and misleading scientific researchers to believe it had a valid IRB approval. Misleading scientific researchers violates one of the core values of the IRB system, enacted by Congress to engender integrity in scientific medical research. As a result, Blackburn is asking HHS Office for Human Research Protections Director Jerry Menikoff to conduct a thorough investigation into whether StemExpress violated the applicable regulations; and, if any violation is found, to take all appropriate actions.
“The key to understanding the HIPAA and consent violations that we’ve referred to HHS is that there’s a business contract between StemExpress and the abortion clinics under which both sides make a profit from the baby body parts inside the young woman’s womb,” Chairman Blackburn said. “The contract changes the way both entities view the young woman: her baby is now a profit-center. This betrayal of a young woman’s trust should disgust us all. It takes financial advantage, obtains consent through coercion, and deceives the woman, all in violation of federal privacy laws.”
Click HERE to read the letters and accompanying documents from Chairman Blackburn to HHS.
Washington, DC — The Select Investigative Panel has turned its attention to the allegations of practices by late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart and a Germantown, Maryland, abortion clinic. Public reports indicate at least five women have been sent to the hospital since December while seeking an abortion in this clinic. The clinic is one of the few in the nation that performs abortions during the third trimester.
The Select Panel has issued subpoenas seeking further information about these troubling reports to nine entities, including: LeRoy Carhart; Germantown Reproductive Health Services; Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center; Holy Cross Germantown Hospital; Montgomery County Police Department; Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services; Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center; Butler Medical Transport; and the Maryland Board of Physicians. The Select Panel’s jurisdiction includes reviewing the practices of providers of second- and third-trimester abortions, and the care of infants born alive as a result of attempted abortions.
“We have an obligation to protect the most vulnerable at all stages of life,” Chairman Blackburn asserted. “This obligation was expressed in both the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. Reports regarding the Germantown clinic are deeply troubling, both for the sake of babies whose lives are ended so close to—and possibly even after—birth and for the sake of the women who have been rushed from that clinic to the hospital with increasing frequency. In order to properly address these concerns, we have issued subpoenas not only to Dr. Carhart and his clinic, but also to hospitals and first responders who may have information that will be instructive. Time is of the essence.”
Click here to read the subpoenas.
E-mail evidence on the ghoulish Planned Parenthood baby parts investigations published by a national newspaper reminds us that there are profound lessons not learned in history. When America was confronted with the shocking Nazi medical experiments on the Jews, they were horrified. The media was especially engaged, attending the trials and publishing stories on a regular basis.
According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:
Between 1939 and 1945, at least seventy medical research projects involving cruel and often lethal experimentation on human subjects were conducted in Nazi concentration camps. These projects were carried out by established institutions within the Third Reich and fell into three areas: research aimed at improving the survival and rescue of German troops; testing of medical procedures and pharmaceuticals; and experiments that sought to confirm Nazi racial ideology. More than seven thousand victims of such medical experiments have been documented. Victims include Jews, Poles, Roma (Gypsies), political prisoners, Soviet prisoners of war, homosexuals, and Catholic priests.
Today, medical experiments using human babies are being carried out by established institutions like Planned Parenthood, Stem Express, and many Universities among others. And, just as in the days of the Jewish Holocaust, much of society is silent! The media is by and large ignoring the ongoing investigation into the marketing of aborted baby body parts by Planned Parenthood. So, kudos to the New York Times who, in what appeared to be simple journalistic obligation and not outrage, chose to publish documents from the investigation. They included letters from members of Congress, letters from medical practitioners and email exchanges on tissue requests. The documents hidden inside the PDF upload would appear to be simple pieces of paper until you realize that what is being described on those pages is the dismembering and parceling of human babies.
One heavily redacted email from University of California, San Diego regarding human fetal tissue requests read in part:
Next time you go to PP [short for Planned Parenthood], can you try to get pancreas as well as liver?
On Friday I’m going to PP and I will collect liver tissue…
Great to hear that, I need a few more fetal pancreas samples…
In another document marked Exhibit 1, also heavily redacted so you cannot read who it is from, reads in part:
We are now ready to include the skull if you could please include that in our order for tomorrow…
Ironically, that correspondence was dated January 21, 2015 one day prior to the date that memorializes that SCOTUS decision which legalized abortion.
The investigation by a select Congressional panel follows an undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress. The pro-life organization secretly recorded high ranking Planned Parenthood medical officials describing how they would obtain the parts of human babies and then sell them for research. In one exchange Planned Parenthood Federation Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, is heard describing how she will crush the parts above and below whatever the researchers request:
The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part. …
We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, 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. And with the calvarium, in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex. …
The document marked Exhibit B3 is an almost haunting reenactment of that description, reading:
The Calvarium [ fetal head] is mostly in tact with a tear up the back suture line, but all pieces look to be there.
The limbs, one upper and one lower are totally in tact, with upper broken at the humerus, and on lower broken right above the knee…
The horrifying nature of these documents represent a setback for humanity. It wasn’t that long ago when the revelations of medical experiments on humans by the Nazi’s garnered outrage from society. Following the discovery of Nazi experimental laboratories by allied forces, Nazi war crimes tribunals were held leading to the hanging of several Nazi offenders.
A review of those events documented by PBS, which has yet to condemn Planned Parenthood, reads:
Researchers at Buchenwald concentration camp developed a method of individual execution by injecting Russian prisoners with phenol and cyanide. Experimenters also tested various poisons on the human body by secreting noxious chemicals in prisoners’ food or shooting inmates with poison bullets. Victims who did not die during these experiments were killed to allow the experimenters to perform autopsies.
To learn if a limb or joint from one person could be successfully attached to another who had lost that limb or joint, experimenters at Ravensbruck amputated legs and shoulders from inmates in useless attempts to transplant them onto other victims. They also removed sections of bones, muscles, and nerves from prisoners to study regeneration of these body parts. Victims suffered excruciating pain, mutilation, and permanent disability as a result.
A series of Nazi letters transcribed by the Jewish Virtual Library are as follows:
In his 1999 Chicago Tribune review of the documentary “Healing by Killing” John Petrakis, he warns us how easy it is for doctors to use experimentation to bend the Hippocratic Oath, writing:
this sobering documentary, which is based on the book “The Nazi Doctors” by American psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton (who also provides some vital onscreen narration), should serve as a terrible reminder to doctors around the world just how easy it is to bend the Hippocratic oath.
James Bowman, Resident Scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, summarized the film this way:
It is perhaps not too much to say that “It was the doctors who paved the way for the holocaust. . .It was medical ideology which led to Hitler and the Nazis,” since there is no reason to suppose that medical ideology is any more benign than the other ideologies which have killed so many in our century. But there is a particularly worrying aspect to any ideology that finds it so easy to stake a claim to “scientific” respectability. It is well to remember that, as Lifton recalls, “We [doctors] are descended from Shamans” and other primitive practitioners of sorcery and magic, so that people are in awe of our “magical powers to kill or heal.” That is why, he says, the Hippocratic oath is full of warnings against doing harm— “as if they knew doctors could be dangerous.”
These lessons not learned from history are a blight on our society. This time, instead of condemning the atrocities against humans, they are being deliberately swept under the rug and labeled innocent “medical research.” The reality is, nothing could be further from the truth!
In yet another shocking video release by pro-life investigative journalists, a Planned Parenthood abortion doctor is again speaking about the selling of aborted baby body parts. The latest release by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), highlights a conversation they held with Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties, Medical Director Dr. Jennefer Russo, who performs abortions up to 24 weeks, earning nearly $300,000 annually according to a 2013 990.
The pro-life undercover journalists posing as a for-profit fetal tissue company confirmed that Planned Parenthood was working with the for-profit biotech company, Da Vinci Biosciences, to harvest the organs of aborted fetuses to sell nationally and internationally. They also discovered that the relationship between Planned Parenthood and Da Vinci Biosciences, LLC, and its sister company, DV Biologics, LLC dated back years uncovering a document which showed how they contributed to the abortion business as far back as 2008.
Invoices obtained by CMP reveal that critical organs harvested from babies aborted by Planned Parenthood bring the Biotech company hundreds of dollars per “specimen.”
The conversation transcript below between CMP, posing as a buyer of fetal tissue, and Dr. Jennifer Russo of Planned Parenthood, reveals DaVinci was their procurement company:
BUYER: Robert Sarkis with BioMax we do fetal tissue procurement.
PP: Oh, okay.
BUYER:So the problem we’ve been having is that pretty much all the California affiliates are already partnered up with a tissue procurement service.
BUYER:So Deborah has said you guys are working with a private biotech in Irving or something- I don’t know.
PP: Yeah – its DaVinci.
As the discussion progresses more information is revealed including how DaVinci takes “the whole specimen” i.e. aborted preborn baby, because, as the Planned Parenthood abortionist details to CMP, they are not using digoxin, the chemical used as feticide in later 2nd-trimester abortions to kill the fetus and prevent a live birth. Russo suggests that the reason they do not use the chemical is “because of a nationwide shortage of dig[oxin, feticide].”
BUYER: do they [DaVinci] take the whole specimen though?
PP:Yeah. They take the whole specimen and they, it’s only certain gestations – like – no dig[oxin, feticide], only certain gestational ages because of the dig I think.
PP: And then normally their staff will come get it…
The two also discuss the process of converting the “fetus” to breech and the use of guided ultrasound in the removal of the baby. This method was discussed in detail in the first CMP undercover video, with Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola. In that conversation the Planned Parenthood medical director described a procedure which CMP suggested sounded eerily similar to an illegal partial birth abortion.
When asked about using this same procedure to harvest more intact body parts, Orange County’s Russo confesses, “Yeah, we like to do that too.”
Planned Parenthood later asks the CMP “buyer” what gestational ages he is looking for and he tells them “anything 16 weeks and above.”
PP: “You’re looking ideally for an intact specimen?”
Buyer: “As intact as possible…”
Russo indicates to CMP how they prefer to compress the baby’s head during the abortion. Once again, you can listen as the Planned Parenthood abortionist casually discusses how they kill the preborn child and obtain their “specimens”:
BUYER: So, about your larger case, you said sometimes, you’re converting to breech beforehand and then, are those coming out fairly intact, or what is that?
PP: We usually do like a compress the calvarium [head] and then –
BUYER: But it is breech first? So you’re getting like the whole thoracic [chest] cavity?
PP: That’s pretty rare.
BUYER: Oh its rare.
PP: We don’t usually have that much dilation to be able to do that. But, when we do we do.
BUYER: When you can you do.
BUYER: And when that happens do you get a pretty intact specimen or what would you say?
PP: Yeah. But the calvarium [head] is not intact.
BUYER: That’s the tricky part the calvarium [head]. That’s what Deborah had told us that sometimes that’s something that can contribute a lot to getting more intact specimens is if you’re converting to breech beforehand and then you have dilation as the case goes on, and so then even in that case you can sometimes get an intact cal[varium] and everything.
PP: I think most of us have trained to not have fully intact specimens.
BUYER: Oh you’re purposely trying like not to. Yeah.
PP: Even though we use dig et cetera, but that’s how we were trained. So, it happens sometimes but its pretty rare.
BUYER: Yeah that’s where it gets tricky.
PP: Right. But we try.
In their release, CMP suggests that when the abortionist uses ultra sound guidance and resulting in an intact fetus to satisfy the requirements of their procurement company, it could be possible that in some cases the child could be born alive:
“Without a feticidal procedure like digoxin, it is possible for a fetus extracted intact during an abortion to be born alive.” they state.