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On abortion’s evil in the world: act as an “upstander” not “bystander”

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Aborted baby born alive, Abortion Pictures, Carole OpEd, Fetal Organs, holocaust, Nazi, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts, Quotes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2015 by saynsumthn

By: Carole Novielli, editor Saynsumthn Blog!

“Feeling overwhelmed” those words were written on my Facebook status today.

Today was the 4th time the Center for Medical Progress released a horrifying under cover video exposing Planned Parenthood’s gruesome baby parts operation.

I watched the 11 minute video and on some level it was not a surprise.

On another level I was angered by the repeated way Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde described the babies before they are even dead as “specimens.”

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I do not want to camp on the Mengele-like experiments that Planned Parenthood is doing in this post, plenty of others are doing that.

I want to focus on the baby – the human person- the infant whose body parts are more valuable to Planned Parenthood and their partner Stem Express than the whole intact, live child.

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As I have mentioned before, I have found and buried aborted babies. This video again struck my memory over that experience. I’ve been told that in some way, I was dealing with PTSD, similar to the way a first responder or a soldier might experience it when they see something so traumatic that the human mind wants to shut it out. I actually wrote a blog post on that very thing entitled: Pro-lifers: the forgotten first responders, which you can read here.

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In 1945 Dallas Peyton, who was a member of the 70th Armored Infantry which helped liberate Jews inside the Nazi Dachau camp encountered survivors and evidence of atrocities had a similar experience and spoke about it in 2004:

    “Most of the things I saw were so horrible that they’ve been blocked mentally, I guess from self-preservation or something, that I don’t remember the details very much,” he said.

    “I remember a couple of scenes very vivid. One, when we were approaching, we saw a trainload of prisoners. Turned out they were not prisoners. It was a trainload of bodies that had been sent to Dachau from Buchenwald, I presume to be, to go through the furnaces, ovens, of Dachau. That’s a presumption. The other scene was in the camp grounds. I saw two of these living walking skeletons shuffling along toward each other. They got within a few yards of each other, stopped, stared at each other, and then they tried to run, and embraced. They were either related or very close friends, and until that moment neither knew the other was still alive. And yet they’d been in that same prison for who knows how long. Those two scenes I remember very vivid, but a lot of the others I don’t.”

As I reflect over the past few weeks I have begun to sense a frustration among my fellow pro-life friends, that in light of these Planned Parenthood videos, the reality of the defenseless unborn child in the womb is not being conveyed strongly enough. This is by no means the fault of the pro-life group releasing the videos, in fact, they are to be commended.

It is simple human nature that when you see your opponent on the defensive, exposed and vulnerable, that you would focus on that for a while. And, it is important to remember that these videos could lead to a criminal investigation and possible defunding of the abortion clinic chain.

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But, regardless of the result, we are the only voice for the unborn child.

We MUST advocate for them.

In the words of Albert Einstein, The world is too dangerous to live in not because of the people who do evil- but because of the people who sit and let it happen.”

I recently visited the Holocaust Museum in Dallas, Texas.

On their website they state that: “Here we make UpStanders.”

The definition of an Upstander is shown below and reads, “A Person who stands up not a person who stands by.”

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What the Nazis did in Germany was legal at that time.

“And it was a crime. A crime against humanity. Oh, you don’t forget this
,” the Holocaust Museum narrator continues.

A child heard in the promotional video says that before she went to the museum she had no idea that 1.5 million children had been murdered by the Nazis.

“We did not know. We were not there. You were there and you do know,” the child’s voice continues.

“I learned to stand up even when no one else is, because I learned that one person can make a difference,” a 9th grade museum visitor wrote.

You have opened my eyes,” wrote another student.

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Today, America is saying the same thing.

We did not know.

I’m shocked!

You did not know?

What did you think happened inside an abortion or Planned Parenthood facility?

The sanitized word abortion is as much a clinical term to the baby as the word “specimen” is. It does not paint the reality of the situation that it is the merciless execution of a human baby for profit.

To me, the CMP videos play an important role, in that, they are opening up to the American people the true and gruesome image of what abortion really is.

In the past, we have seen the still photos of the abortion victims. But, this week we peered into the death chamber’s back room where the “abortion hyenas” pick through the broken and bloodied remains of innocent children to see how they can enhance their pocket book even further. And we see it in video. We hear the callous references.

It is very disturbing!

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For those who looked, Kudos, for many who won’t I get it. The images are horrible. For the ones who have no idea, it is probably because the media is, after 42 years of legalized abortion, censoring their images again.

But, this is not a car wreck. It is not a drive by where you slow down – look out your window to see as much as you can while a police officer waives you by, thinking “how tragic” as you drive off. This is a murder and you are an eye witness. Everyday that abortion happens in our nation, in your city, your neighborhood near your church, you are affected.

That baby is the victim – that child is innocent!

But- what are we?

Are we to walk by like nothing is happening? To turn on the TV – go to our churches, clubs, movies and shopping malls with no outrage? Sadly, that has been the reaction all too often.

Last month, I posted a video of an experiment called The Bystander Effect.

It was conducted as a result of the 1964 murder of a young woman by the name of “Kitty Genovese” who was stabbed to death outside her home in Queens, New York.

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Kitty’s neighbors heard her desperate screams for help, yet no one called the police until it was too late and Kitty was dead. The event shocked the city and the nation, and became the impetus for research on the psychological phenomenon that became known as the “Bystander Effect” by psychologists John Darley and Bibb Latané.

It’s not enough to feel outraged you have to also be outraged. You must be motivated to work legally to end the slaughter for so many are apathetic at best and out-right pro-abortion at worst.

Be an UPSTANDER!

Kelli over at Live Action News today showed the contrast between the reaction to unborn babies being sold for body parts and the recent tragic shooting of a 13-year-old Lion named Cecil.

    “…while Jimmy Kimmel and the rest of the world grieve over the death of a single lion, they also turn a blind eye to the story of children senselessly slaughtered – and sold for parts – by Planned Parenthood. Some – like Kimmel’s ex-girlfriend, for instance – go beyond turning a blind eye, instead expressing support for making good use of those fetal organs. For science, you know,” Kelli wrote.

She continued, “But the truth is, what we don’t want to see, we won’t see. We will cover our eyes and yell “fake!” because dead children just hit too close to home, and we’re far too culpable.”

Dallas Holocaust Museum

During my trip to the Dallas Holocaust Museum, I was moved to tears by what I saw.

They displayed artifacts from Jews who were taken to various Nazi concentration camps where their Bodies were stripped of all humanity. The Nazi’s took their teeth, their clothes, possessions and anything they saw as “valuable” leaving only their naked bodies to be worked, beaten, starved and in most cases murdered.

In the museum there was a wall displaying news articles of that era and I was struck by the words I read.

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A petition published in the New York Times from May 1943 asked:

    “when will the UN establish an agency to deal with the problem of Hitlers extermination of a whole people?”

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A voice of Christendom petition published February 26, 1943 also caught my attention and read in part:

    It is not enough to indict and name the murderers. It is time for America and the United Nations to act!

    Every hour sees the murder of more thousands…

    How well are you sleeping ? Is there something you could have done to save millions of innocent people-Men, women and children from torture and death?

Another image captures the true spirit in a powerful quote:

    It reads:

    “Though it be to die we will fight. We will fight not for ourselves but for future generations. Although we will not survive to see it, our murderers will pay for their crimes after we are gone. Our deeds will live forever.”


This photo of Dallas Holocaust Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor

In 2012, Holocaust Survivor Max Glauben received German records from his time in the concentration camp labeled “konzentrationslager.”

His arm still bears the tattoo KL.

As he glanced at the documents, he made a stunning observation, “For the whole duration, I thought I was a nobody. But evidently, some of us were somebody — because look at the records they kept,” he said.

One day history will say the same about these babies labeled as “products of conception” as their organs are deemed valuable enough to document and haggle over.

The Holocaust survivor once told a group of school children, “If you listen to a witness, you become a witness,” he said.

In recounting his life’s story, Glauben spoke about his life’s overall lesson.

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As I near the end of this post, I ask that you ponder his words:

    Always deliver your best work; never give up; and act as an “upstander,” not a “bystander,” if you witness evil in the world.

My thoughts after first vids:
When it comes to Planned Parenthood’s ghoulish crimes, are we all guilty?

My thoughts after video #5:
History repeats itself in “Backing Planned Parenthood”

New research: harvest organs from aborted fetuses to implant in animals

Posted in Aborted Babies, Aborted Baby Body Parts, Alex Jones, Fetal Organs, Fetal Stem Cell, Fetal Tissue, Humanized mice, stem Express with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2015 by saynsumthn

UPDATE NOTE: This blog was posted before The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released videos showing Planned Parenthood’s operation of harvesting aborted baby parts. As I note in this post, Stem Express, which procured fetal parts from Planned Parenthood is listed as a source for these babies implanted into animals. The Washington Examiner writes of Gu, that, through his start-up research company, Ganogen, Gu has obtained fetal organs from StemExpress, which is being investigated by the House of Representatives Select Investigative Panel on Infants’ Lives. It is noteworthy that Gu and Stem Express owner Cate Dyer have authored a response together to the Select Panel investigating the use of fetal tissue.

It is now feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size. That was a statement written in an article published by The Genetic Literacy Project.

It’s possible that further work could find a way to grow kidneys large enough that they could be transplanted into a person, the researchers said, although much more research is needed to determine whether this could be done, the article states.

The new findings are published in the American Journal of Transplantation.

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The research, co-authored by Eugene Gu (Guhe) founder and CEO of Ganogen, Inc., a biotech company in Redwood City, California, raises a number of ethical questions, including whether it is acceptable to use human fetal organs in research, or to transplant human organs into animals. If the research moves forward, it must be determined that the organs were obtained with proper consent, and that the research was conducted with adequate oversight, experts told CBS News.

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On their website, Ganogen, Inc., says that they have found a way to successfully transplant human fetal kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, and other organs into animal hosts using advanced microsurgery.

Human fetal heart transplant rat abortion Ganogen

We also use our patented medical device, the arterial flow regulator, to make the fetal organ compatible for transplantation into the adult animal host.

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“After transplantation, the fetal organ continues to grow and mature. It even demonstrates function, and in the case of the kidney, can keep the host animal alive all on its own,” they explain.

According to CBS, Gu and his colleagues obtained human fetal kidneys from Stem Express, a Placerville, California-based company that supplies researchers with tissue from deceased adults and fetuses.

On their website, Stem Express writes that their “human tissue products range from fetal to adult and healthy to diseased, and we also collect bone marrow and leukapheresis for isolation.”

They go on to say that, “Working with hospitals and clinics across the United States, all human tissue and blood procurement is performed in accordance with IRB-approved protocols and consents. Protecting the privacy of our researchers and donors is always the highest priority at StemExpress.

The company, which operates in more than 30 procurement sites across the United States and delivers product to hundreds of researchers worldwide has an online market of fetal cells that be purchased:

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According to Gu, people who donated the fetal tissues gave consent for the kidneys to be used in research.

The researchers transplanted the fetal kidneys into adult rats that lacked an immune system (so as to avoid tissue rejection), and connected the animals’ blood vessels to the organs using a challenging procedure that involved tiny stitches, about three to four times smaller than the width of a human hair.

Kidney Transplant fetal Ganogen abortion

We did this study in rats as proof-of-concept to show that human fetal organs can indeed survive in an animal host, can function to keep the animal alive, and can grow larger over time,” Gu told Medical Daily. The rats survived roughly four months after the transplant, and one even lived for 10 months.

Cate Dyer, CEO and founder of Stem Express, claimed that all “donors”, that is the pregnant women seeking the abortion and not the unborn child whose kidney’s were taken, are, “properly consented through an Institutional Review Board (IRB) consent, and donors are made aware of the potential use of any sample that we collect.”

IRB Fetal Research

The IRB defines a Fetus as, “the product of conception from the time of implantation until delivery. If the delivered or expelled fetus is viable, it is designated an infant. (Hereafter, the term “fetus” will refer to a living fetus unless otherwise specified.) The term “fetus” generally refers to later phases of development; the term “embryo” is usually used for earlier phases of development.

Research involving the human fetus raises special concerns for IRB reviewers, the review boards states on the HHS website, “The fetus has a unique and inextricable relationship to the mother. It cannot consent to be a research subject. These circumstances have aroused lengthy public debate on the ethics of fetal research, and led to special federal regulations that guide IRB deliberations about fetal research. The fetus may also be an indirect subject of research when women who may be pregnant participate. Research involving pregnant women is also regulated.”

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Under the section: CONSIDERATIONS, the IRB address abortion, “If abortion is involved, the investigators may have no part in either the decision to abort or decisions about the timing or the method to be used; no change in the abortion procedure that would present more than minimal risk to the fetus or its mother can be introduced for research purposes. No monetary or other inducements (e.g., free care) may be offered to a woman to induce her to terminate her pregnancy for research purposes, IRB states.

In another section the IRB addresses research on non-viable fetuses, “A fetus is judged nonviable if it cannot possibly survive to the point of sustaining life independently, even with the support of available medical therapy, and will therefore die. Research involving a nonviable fetus that would either artificially maintain vital functions or hasten their failure is forbidden. Ethical considerations call upon investigators to maintain the dignity of this dying human subject and to avoid unseemly intrusions in the process of dying for research purposes.

However, in detailing how to obtain aborted fetal tissue, the IRB says the following should be followed:

    The decision to terminate a pregnancy and procedures of abortion should be kept independent from the retrieval and use of fetal tissue.
    The timing and method of abortion should not be influenced by the potential uses of fetal tissue for transplantation or medical research.
    Payments and other forms of remuneration and compensation associated with the procurement of fetal tissue should be prohibited, except payment for reasonable expenses occasioned by the actual retrieval, storage, preparation, and transportation of the tissues.

Addressing the possibility of research on a live fetus where the mother has already decided to have an abortion, The IRB says that, “The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects wrestled with this problem and concluded that there is no difference between the moral status of a fetus destined for abortion and that of a fetus to be carried to term. Therefore, only those research procedures that would be acceptable for a fetus going to term may be performed in anticipation of abortion.”

In all research in which human fetuses are the subjects of research, the consent of the mother on behalf of the fetus is required. As a general rule, the consent of the father on behalf of the fetus is also required before a fetus may be enrolled in research. Exceptions to the requirement that the father provide consent are permitted if: (1) the father’s identity or whereabouts cannot reasonably be ascertained; (2) the father is not reasonably available; or (3) the pregnancy resulted from rape,” IRB states.

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In addition to kidneys, the researchers have also transplanted human fetal hearts into rats, Gu told CBS, which details the process.

Ultimately, the researchers plan to transplant the kidneys into larger animals, such as pigs, where the organs could grow large enough to be transplanted back into people, Gu said.

Hank Greely, an ethical and legal expert on biomedical science at Stanford Law School outlined his concerns, “The key issues are the existence of the pregnant woman’s consent and the total separation of the decision to abort from the decision to let the fetal remains be used in research,” Greely told Live Science.

In other words, a woman must have already decided to have an abortion before she can be asked whether she is willing to donate the fetus for research.

We feel that our research is more palatable than all the other researchers who use taxpayer money to fund their research involving aborted human fetal tissues, which is the vast majority of major biomedical research labs,” Gu said to Medical Daily.

Addressing his use of harvested organs from aborted fetuses, Gu says he and his colleagues “do not want to encourage abortions in any way, shape, or form. … If the organs are available, it is better to use them to save somebody’s life rather than throw them into the trash bin.”

Undoubtedly, writes Medical Daily, Gu’s argument is probably echoed in many research labs around the world. That said, most people would still find the details of his work unsavory… unless of course they needed a kidney, they say.

But, they fail to mention, religious, pro-life people, and many others find the use of aborted fetal tissue or organs for research morally objectionable.

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Below InfoWars discusses harvesting aborted baby body parts and printing organs

SECOND UPDATE: CMP’s 5th video transcript implies Planned Parenthood is using the aborted babies for “mice” studies and “Humanized mice”.

The Center for Medical Progress released a 5th video showing the nation’s largest Planned Parenthood abortion facility offering intact fetal cadavers which they refer to as “specimens.”

Center for Medical Progress, posing as buyers for a Biotech company sat with the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, at the abortion-clinic headquarters of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston, Texas.

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Planned Parenthood implant aborted baby mice

Read more here: Planned Parenthood uses aborted baby parts for humanized mice research

Aborted Baby Parts Harvesting Life Dynamics investigation 2000

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Fetal Organs, Life Dynamics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2013 by saynsumthn

Life Dynamics, a national pro-life organization in Denton, Texas exposed the Marketing of aborted baby parts harvested for organs in 2000.

Their complete investigation is available here.

Or on their website at http://www.LifeDynamics.com

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Then in March of 2000 20/20 did a piece about the sale of aborted baby parts:

Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics discusses the Baby Parts investigation on his show Life Talk.

The full transcript of Chris Wallace’s report from the March 8, 2000 edition of ABC’s 20/20:

CONNIE CHUNG: Now, a story we guarantee most of you have never heard before. The subject is highly charged and controversial. Behind the scenes of some promising medical research, big money is being made from the sale of fetal body parts.

Chief correspondent Chris Wallace has been investigating this story. Chris?

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CHRIS WALLACE: Connie, our hidden camera investigation has found evidence that some businessmen are trafficking in fetuses. One has even put out a price list. And there are claims that some are selling fetuses that women have not even given for research. Here’s what can happen, when something that is supposed to be used to spur medical breakthroughs, is used instead to make money.

WALLACE (voice-over) It’s a moment too painful to imagine: after getting radiation treatments for cancer, Cindy Smith – a mother of five – learned she was pregnant with twins.

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CINDY SMITH
: They basically told me that my children were dying inside me; that I was the only thing keeping them living.

WALLACE: Cindy decided to end her pregnancy. She says her only comfort came from signing this consent form – giving the fetuses to medical researchers looking into cures for terrible diseases.

SMITH: What I wanted to do was – was make something positive out of a horrible situation.

WALLACE: What she didn’t know is that this man would be making money off her twins.

DR. MILES JONES, OPENING LINES: If you have a guy that’s desperate for – let’s say, a heart – then he’ll pay you whatever you ask.

WALLACE: His name is Dr. Miles Jones, and he says he can make big bucks selling human fetuses to researchers.

JONES: Let’s say someone needs feet. Feet are real common. They’re – they’re not hard to get.

WALLACE: A 20/20 hidden camera investigation has found a thriving industry, in which aborted fetuses women donate to help medical research are being marketed for hundreds – even thousands of dollars.

We showed what we found undercover to Arthur Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics.

ARTHUR CAPLAN, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
: That’s trading in body parts. There’s no doubt about it.

WALLACE (on-camera): Turning human fetuses into a commodity?

CAPLAN: Into a product.

WALLACE (voice-over): There’s a demand for fetal tissue, because doctors believe it may be the key to medical breakthroughs – cures for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease; diabetes and other illnesses. Some researchers use fetal cells; others need whole organs or limbs.

WALLCE (on-camera): But no one on either side of the abortion debate wants fetal research to become an incentive for abortions – so laws have been passed to draw a clear line. A woman must decide to have an abortion before she’s approached to donate the fetus; abortions can’t be altered to get better specimens; and above all, tissue can’t be sold for profit. Despite all that, some businessmen have slipped in and turned human fetuses into dollars.

DEAN ALBERTY: This is purely for profit. Everything was about money.

WALLACE: Dean Alberty worked for two companies that acted as middle men – getting the fetuses from abortion clinics and shipping tissue to researchers.

ALBERTY: When I got the fetus, I’d already have a checklist telling me what specific organs they were looking for.

WALLACE: The law allows tissue companies to recover their costs. This government agency charges a hundred dollars per shipment. But take a look at what one private company is demanding: Opening Lines put out this price list – $325 for a spinal cord; $550 for a reproductive organ; $999 for a brain. Alberty says he helped put together the price list.

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WALLACE (on-camera): Is there any way to justify these prices?

ALBERTY: No, there is not.

WALLACE: So what does this price represent?

ALBERTY: That represents greed.

WALLACE (voice-over): Who runs Opening Lines? Dr. Miles Jones, the Missouri pathologist whose company handled Cindy’s fetuses. Last year, Jones not only mailed out the price list, but also this brochure.

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WALLACE (on-camera): ‘Fresh fetal tissue harvested and shipped to your specifications where and when you need it.’
ALBERTY: That’s correct.

DR. JONES: Pleased to meet you.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE PRODUCER
: Nice to meet you.

WALLACE (voice-over): We wanted to find out for ourselves how these companies do business. So, posing as a prospective investor, a 20/20 producer met with Dr. Jones, who wanted to talk over dinner.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE PRODUCER: What does a brain go for? What does a kidney or liver go for?

DR. JONES: It’s market force. It’s, what can you sell it for?

WALLACE: Over lobster bisque and roast duck, Dr. Jones explained the business of selling human fetuses.

DR. JONES: We had projections of $50,000 a week. And you know, some weeks you can hit that, and some weeks you can’t. It’s just a matter of being able to match supply and demand.

WALLACE: Dr. Jones said the average specimen costs him just $50, plus overhead – but that he charges an average of $250. The law only talks about recovering costs. But on a single fetus, Jones said he can make $2,500.

DR. JONES: That one fetus – the cost of procuring it is the same – whether you get one kidney or you get two kidneys; a lung; a brain; a heart. It’s the same cost that you’ve put into it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE PRODUCER: But you keep charging?

DR. JONES: Each researcher gets charged.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE PRODUCER: And each time, that’s just money in the bank?

DR. JONES
: Mmm-hmm.

CAPLAN: It’s flat-out buying and selling, It’s flat-out profiteering. It’s flat-out saying, ‘I’m going to charge you whatever you’re going to pay me.’

DR. JONES: You can’t kill the golden goose. But you can certainly keep it well-fed, and it will lay lots of eggs for you.

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WALLACE (on-camera): A human fetus as a ‘golden goose.’ I know you’ve been studying this business a long time, but does that shock even you?

CAPLAN: That kind of blatant – ‘I’m going to get the maximum value out of mining a fetus,’ is – is – it’s shocking.

SMITH: Just from a human standpoint, that – that’s horrific.

WALLACE (voice-over): When we told Cindy Smith about Dr. Jones, she also was upset.

SMITH: I did not donate that thinking ever that someone was going to profit. And that just really bothers me, because that’s not what I intended at all.

WALLACE: Alberty says some tissue companies went even further to boost their revenue. He says both companies he worked for – Opening Lines; and this firm, Anatomic Gift Foundation, or AGF – pressured him to get as much tissue as possible; and at times, even told him to take it from fetuses women had not donated for research.

ALBERTY: Miles told me, if they’re not looking; they’re not looking. Why don’t you grab that pancreas? Even though it wasn’t consented for.

WALLACE (on-camera): And did you do it?

ALBERTY: Yes, I did.

WALLACE (voice-over): That’s not all. Alberty alleges that abortions were altered to get better tissue. He says this clinic in Overland Park, Kansas normally did early abortions with a suction machine. But when the fetus was being donated, he says this special syringe was used – which experts say puts women through longer, more uncomfortable abortions. Where did the clinic get the syringes?

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WALLACE (off-camera): AGF was supplying these special syringes to the clinics?

ROSS CAPPS: That’s correct.

WALLACE (voice-over): Ross Capps also worked for AGF. He and nurses, who worked at the clinic, confirm that women donating fetuses were given different abortions.

WALLACE (on-camera): If the woman didn’t consent, they wouldn’t use the special syringe?

CAPPS: No. They only used the special syringe if they knew I wanted the specimen.

WALLACE (voice-over): Again, the law says abortions can’t be altered to get tissue. Alberty – who says he was originally pro-choice – was finally so disturbed by what he saw that he contacted Life Dynamics, a Texas pro-life group that paid him $10,000 to be an informant, while he continued to work in the tissue business. But Alberty denies making up stories to push a political agenda.

WALLACE (on-camera): Why should people believe you? Why shouldn’t we believe that there are just some things that you’ve said that are part of this movement?

ALBERTY: I will stand behind my words until I die. I will go in front of Congress, if I have to, and testify under oath.
WALLACE (voice-over): But Alberty’s allegations are only part of the story. Some of the most troubling evidence we found came from our undercover conversation with Dr. Jones. Here he explains how easy it is to talk a woman into donating a fetus.

JONES: You can do something that’s got all the legal mumbo-jumbo in it, and they’ll sign it anyway. If you have someone trained to ask properly, you can get 80 – 90-percent consent rates.

WALLACE: His dream, he said, is to run his own clinic in Mexico, where he could get a greater supply of fetal tissue by offering cheaper abortions.

DR. JONES: If you can control the flow, it’s probably the equivalent of the invention of the assembly line.
WALLACE: We showed Dr. Jones’ comments to Congressman Thomas Bliley, chairman of the House Commerce Committee.

REP. THOMAS BLILEY: Terrible – just absolutely terrible.

WALLACE: After hearing allegations of the illegal activity, Bliley’s committee is now investigating four companies – and he says has found evidence that tissue is being sold for profit.

BLILEY: We are interested that the people who do this recover their legitimate costs. It appears that it’s more than that – that it comes down to trafficking in tissue parts – in body parts.

WALLACE: Bliley is pro-life, but even the most ardent pro-choice advocates – like Planned Parenthood president, Gloria Feldt – are disturbed by what we found.

GLORIA FELDT, PRESIDENT, PLANNED PARENTHOOD:
It seems inappropriate – totally inappropriate. Where there is wrongdoing, it should be prosecuted; and people who are doing that kind of – of thing should be – should be brought to justice.

WALLACE: We wanted to talk with some of these fetal tissue businessmen. When we called Dr. Jones for an interview, he hung up on us. But James Bartsly of AGF said his non-profit company recently got out of the business. He maintained his fees, which were lower than Jones’, were reasonable, and that AGF never asked anyone to take tissue without consent. And he suggested Alberty is angry because AGF sued him over a business dispute.

WALLACE (on-camera): Did AGF ever encourage doctors to alter the way they did abortions to get specimens?

JAMES BARTSLY, ANATOMIC GIFT FOUNDATION: No – absolutely not. First of all, that would be illegal.

WALLACE (voice-over): But wasn’t AGF supplying those special syringes to get better tissue?

BARTSLY: Yeah. That’s – that’s – that’s – that’s the logical conclusion that you would draw. I don’t believe that was altering the abortion technique.

WALLACE (on-camera): Doesn’t this special syringe add as much as 15 minutes to the length of the abortion?

BARTSLY: I don’t know.

WALLACE: Oh, sure you did.

BARTSLY: In some cases – perhaps. It takes longer.

WALLACE (voice-over): Bartsly later sent us this letter – saying the Kansas clinic already used syringes, and that AGF provided special ones just to keep tissue sterile. The clinic finally severed its ties with AGF; and later, Opening Lines. But that came too late for Cindy Smith. All she thinks about is what happened to her twins.

SMITH: It’s just wrong for someone to be making money off the dead. I didn’t want somebody to profit off of my heartache. It makes me almost feel like the one good thing I did really wasn’t that good after all.

WALLACE (on-camera): Tomorrow, a congressional subcommittee will hold a hearing on fetal tissue trafficking. And Dean Alberty, the whistleblower from inside the business, will be the star witness. As for Dr. Miles Jones, he’s been subpoenaed to testify, but has not responded. Investigators say if he fails to show up, Jones could be held in contempt of Congress. Charlie?

CHARLES GIBSON: Chris, if there are laws on the books on this subject, why is it still going on? Why hasn’t something been done?

WALLACE: It’s a question we kept asking in this investigation. We couldn’t find anyone in the federal government enforcing those laws – which is why tomorrow’s hearing is such an important first step.

GIBSON: All right, Chris Wallace thank you very much.

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