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Taxpayers send millions to abortion training program at UCSF

Posted in Abortion Pill Connections, Abortion Pill Study, Abortionist, Abortionist Training, Bill Gates, Fellowship in Family Planning (FFP), Hewlett Foundation, Innovating Education in Reproductive Health, National Abortion Federation, Packard Foundation, Philip Darney, Ryan Residency, Uta Landy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2019 by saynsumthn

Who’s paying millions for this abortion training program? Taxpayers.

third trimester abortion, abortion training

Abortion training is being orchestrated out of a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) program which receives millions in government dollars. UCSF trains abortion providers through their Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health , which claims to be “one of the few research institutions to unflinchingly address abortion, investigating multidimensional aspects of abortion care in the United States and globally.” Bixby claims their work has:

According to Bixby’s annual reports, in 2014, nearly $22 million dollars (52 percent) of Bixby’s revenue came from the taxpayer, although the report does not specify whether the funds were state or federal. By 2015, although Government dollars made up only 18 percent of Bixby’s revenue, it totaled over $18 million in taxpayer dollars. Bixby is conveniently located in California, which permits millions in taxpayer dollars to fund abortions and has no requirement that abortion numbers be reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for data analysis.

UCSF Bixby Gov Funding 18 million in 2015 to 2016 AR

Taxpayer dollars sent to UCSF for fetal research include millions from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A recent report published by CNS News breaks down the dollars of the multi-year contract:

[T]he Department of Health and Human Services has granted contracts to UCSF to make “humanized mice.”… According to contract information published on the Federal Procurement Data System, the new three-month extension will pay UCSF $521,082—bringing the total payments the federal government has made to UCSF for this contract to $10,596,960. If the government continues renewing the contract through Dec. 5, 2020, HHS would end up paying UCSF a total of $13,799,501.

In addition to government (taxpayer) dollars, Bixby receives funding from a number of organizations collaborating to expand abortion, such as:

UCSG Bixby trains abortion to increase access (Image: Twitter)

According to Bixby, which was created to address a shortage of abortionists dating back to the mid 1980’s, the number of US abortion providers decreased by 38% between 1982 and 2005, and some 87% of US counties do not have an abortion provider.

Bixby runs two flagship programs, which “provide the opportunity to develop high-level research and clinical skills in abortion and contraception:”

FFP was established by Dr. Philip Darney, and as previously reported, FFP’s website makes it clear that abortion is their mission, stating that the family planning fellowship is a “two-year fellowship focused on subspecialist training in research, teaching and clinical practice in abortion and contraception… and they play an active role in discussions in the media related to family planning access and advocate for their patients in popular media outlets.”

Fellowship in Family Planning FFP FB Page (Image credit: Facebook)

Live Action News also previously reported how the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program in Abortion and Family Planning was founded in 1999 by Dr. Uta Landy, a former director of the National Abortion Federation and a recipient of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s infamous Margaret Sanger Award. According to the Bixby Center, Landy established “one of the first abortion clinics in New York after legalization in 1970, and became the first executive director of the National Abortion Federation in 1979.” Landy was recently caught in undercover footage from the Center for Medical Progress talking about late-term abortions.

Philip Darney and Uta Landy at UCSF abortion training

The Ryan program is now at 70 major medical schools in the US and Canada, according to their website.

The Bixby Center was originally founded as the Center for Reproductive Health Research & Policy in 1999 by Philip Darney, MD and Nancy Padian, who were shortly thereafter joined by Claire Brindis, DrPH, MPH, and Felicia Stewart, MD, according to their report. The Center offers online abortion training courses and lectures through its Innovating Education in Reproductive Health which is described as “a digital hub that highlights innovative family planning and abortion curricula, tools, teaching techniques and research from educational leaders around the world.”

Innovating Education at UCSF abortion training

The group’s week by week abortion course, “Abortion Quality Care and Public Health Implications,” has a stated goal to destigmitize abortion, among other things. The “career planning brochure” instructs graduates to “moonlight” at abortion facilities and to “highlight [their] abortion training as a special skill set” when they apply to a practice.

Innovating Education Abortion Career Planning Brochure

The abortion training course is introduced by Jody Steinauer, Associate Professor at UCSF. The course is “directed at health care students and professionals.”

The video lectures lead up to the topic of  “abortion after the first trimester,” in week four, where Steinauer admits that later abortions “can be a difficult topic to discuss for many due to feelings about a more developed fetus.”

Jody Steinauer at UCSF abortion training

Despite the abortion industry’s frequent denial of facts about fetal development, Bixby’s TEACH Program (Training Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare) workbook acknowledges that the fetal heartbeat can be detected very early, around six weeks gestation (dates used are gestational, which is measured at two weeks more than the date of fertilization):

The embryo follows a predictable path of development and therefore can be used to date a pregnancy based on its size. The embryo appears at approximately 6 weeks and grows 1 mm per day thereafter until 12-14 weeks. After 12 weeks, fetal flexion and extension make measuring length more challenging and using the fetal biparietal diameter (BPD) is preferred. Cardiac activity appears around 6 ½ weeks.

Bixby abortion training workbook TEACH

The workbook then gives suggestions on how to speak to an abortion patient about the baby. But because this is about ending the life of a developing human person in the womb, the workbook suggests abortion providers use euphemisms like “pregnancy” instead of scientifically correct terminology such as fetus or baby.

“Your pregnancy is 8 weeks along,” instead of  “Your baby is 8 weeks old.”

Bixby abortion training workbook TEACH communication

In upcoming Live Action News articles, we will highlight various teaching lectures published by the UCSF abortion training program.

    • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

$1 million to abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood for aborted fetal tissue from ABR

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR), Center for Medical Progress, Chimeras, FDA, fetal research, Fetal Tissue, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts with tags , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2018 by saynsumthn

Planned Parenthood got over $300,000 in 6 years from one fetal tissue harvester

Planned Parenthood

Live Action News recently reported about how the FDA is contracting with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) to obtain “fresh human tissues” — aborted fetal body parts — “for implantation into severely immune-compromised mice to create chimeric animals that have a human immune system.” ABR’s history with fetal tissue research goes back years. According to the Center for Medical Progress, ABR is “the largest and oldest fetal tissue seller in the U.S.” It was founded in 1989, and is the primary supplier of fetal tissue for the U.S. government. And it has paid numerous abortion facilities a great deal of money for this tissue — including a number of Planned Parenthood centers.

The stunning graphic below from the House Select Investigative Panel report summarizes known ABR payments to various Planned Parenthood facilities for fetal tissue — totaling more than $350,000 over the course of six years, from 2010 to 2015:

Image: ABR 2015 Fetal Sales to Top 5 Customers Product and Totals (Image credit: Congressional Investigation)

ABR 2015 Fetal Sales to Top 5 Customers Product and Totals (Image credit: Congressional Investigation)

According to a 2015 report from Politico:

The Food and Drug Administration has also paid about $73,000 to the company since 2009… mostly for liver and thymus tissue that are used largely to develop a human-like immune system in mice…. The NIH, with a $30 billion budget for research nationwide, funded about $76 million in dozens of fetal tissue projects in 2014.

Image: FDA Chimeric fetal tissue research

FDA Chimeric fetal tissue research

The FDA has a dozen contracts with ABR for various items, including lab equipment and supplies, according to the General Services Administration’s Federal Procurement Data SystemOnline records at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicate ABR is regularly granted federal dollars for various projects.

READ: FDA buys ‘fresh’ aborted body parts from company referred for criminal charges

The 2015 Congressional investigation regarding the illegal sale of fetal body parts, following undercover videos released by CMP, led to a report. In this report, quoted below, it was revealed that ABR had been contracting with universities and abortion facilities for years:

  • Before [founder and CEO Cate Dyer] began StemExpress, she worked for Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR)
  • The University of Minnesota (UM)… obtains fetal tissue from procurement companies—in this case, Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) and StemExpress—in addition to an area clinic.
  • The University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH)… more recently obtained fetal tissue for research from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, UW, and ABR.
  • Colorado State University (CSU)… receives a significant amount in federal grants and obtains much of its fetal tissue from ABR and StemExpress. Between 2010 and 2015, CSU received seven NIH grants to support their projects using fetal tissue, at a taxpayer expense of $3.5 million.
  • According to productions made by 25 clinics from which ABR has received fetal tissue, ABR paid them a total of $1,002,147 from 2010 to 2015…. The chart below shows ABR facility fee payments from 2010 through 2015 to the abortion clinics from which it obtained fetal tissue:
Image: ABRs abortion clinic facility fees 2010 to 2015 (Image credit” Select Panel investigation of fetal tissue)

ABRs abortion clinic facility fees 2010 to 2015 (Image credit” Select Panel investigation of fetal tissue)

The panel then detailed ABR’s 2015 fetal parts sales to its top five customers:

Image: ABR 2015 Fetal Sales to Top 5 Customers Product and Totals (Image credit: Congressional Investigation)

ABR 2015 Fetal Sales to Top 5 Customers Product and Totals (Image credit: Congressional Investigation)

In a letter from Rep. Marsha Blackburn to the then-District Attorney of Riverside, California, the Congresswoman detailed ABR’s relationship with Planned Parenthood:

Image: ABRs interactions with Planned Parenthood fetal tissue

ABRs interactions with Planned Parenthood fetal tissue (Image credit: Letter from Rep. Marsha Blackburn)

In 2016, Houston attorney Briscoe Cain claimed he found evidence of four Texas medical schools purchasing fetal tissue from ABR. Invoices from to one of the schools, given to KFOX14 Investigates and reported by CBS4, show the school paid at least $4,000-$5,000 for fetal parts including livers, spleens and thymuses.

Image: ABR invoices for fetal tissue to Texas Universities

ABR invoices for fetal tissue to Texas Universities

Image: ABR invoices for fetal parts to Texas Universities

ABR invoices for fetal parts to Texas Universities

“The research being done is humanized mice. Scientists inject the mouse with fetal tissue so the mouse is genetically altered to accept the graphing of human tissue,” Cain said at the time.

In 2011, the University of Minnesota contracted with ABR for “human fetal pancreas tissue” between 16-24 weeks.

Image: ABR contract with U of Minnesota for fetal tissue 2011

ABR contract with U of Minnesota for fetal tissue 2011

In 2000, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was tasked to study “the involvement of federal agencies under the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in the acquisition of human fetal tissue for biomedical research.” The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) told GAO that “NIH is the only federal agency under the Labor, HHS, and Education Subcommittee’s jurisdiction that sponsors research using human fetal tissue.” But Live Action previously showed that the EPA used aborted fetal tissue for research in the 1970’s.

According to that report, NIH sponsored three central human fetal tissue supply organizations:

  • The Birth Defects Laboratory at the University of Washington, which distributed 2,869 human fetal tissue samples and collected $52,035 in fees directly from researchers in fiscal year 1999.
  • The Brain and Tissue Banks for Developmental Disorders at the University of Maryland and the University of Miami School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of Orange County, primarily to serve as suppliers of human nonfetal tissue…. The University of Maryland Bank provided 195 human fetal tissue samples to investigators in fiscal year 1999, and the University of Miami Bank provided approximately 40 samples between March 1 and August 31, 1999.

GAO states that researchers also obtained human fetal tissue from private organizations that did not directly receive federal funds, including ABR.

Planned Parenthood doc in leaked vid once did abortion while pregnant

Posted in Abortionist, Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood abortionist, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2015 by saynsumthn

Leaked undercover video footage shows a pro-life group talking with a Michigan Planned Parenthood abortion doctor who once described doing a later term abortion while pregnant.

Lida Harris Univ of Michigan

The focus of the video is abortionist Lisa Harris who is described by the pro-abortion blog, RH Reality Check as a Assistant Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan and is co-medical director of Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan, and the Director of University of Michigan’s Fellowship in Family Planning. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Reproductive Health Technologies Partnership.

The never-before-released video footage recorded by the Center for Progress (CMP) video, was leaked by GotNews.com who said they got them after a hacker allegedly uploaded them to YouTube. CMP videos released to date have exposed Planned Parenthood’s horrific baby parts operation prompting some members of Congress to question their $528 million dollar a year funding by tax payers.

In a 2008 paper entitled, “Second Trimester Abortion Provision: Breaking the Silence and Changing the weeks Discourse,” Harris describes performing an abortion on a preborn baby at 18 weeks while she herself was 18 weeks pregnant.

Harris writes, “I went about doing the procedure as usual.

“I used electrical suction to remove the amniotic fluid, picked up my forceps and began to remove the fetus in parts, as I always did. I felt lucky that this one was already in the breech position – it would make grasping small parts (legs and arms) a little easier.”

The abortionist continued:

“With my first pass of the forceps, I grasped an extremity and began to pull it down. I could see a small foot hanging from the teeth of my forceps. With a quick tug, I separated the leg. Precisely at that moment, I felt a kick – a fluttery “thump, thump” in my own uterus. It was one of the first times I felt fetal movement. There was a leg and foot in my forceps, and a “thump, thump” in my abdomen.”

Lisa Harris

To recap, the now Planned Parenthood abortionist who was 18 weeks pregnant wrote that she, “felt a kick – a fluttery “thump, thump” in my own uterus” as while dismembering another woman’s 18 week preborn baby.

But wait…there is more.

In the same paper, Harris later writes about a 23 week abortion she performed and how she had to assemble the parts of the baby:

“As a third-year resident I spent many days in our hospital abortion clinic. The last patient I saw one day was 23 weeks pregnant. I performed an uncomplicated D&E procedure. Dutifully, I went through the task of reassembling the fetal parts in the metal tray. It is an odd ritual that abortion providers perform – required as a clinical safety measure to ensure that nothing is left behind in the uterus to cause a complication – but it also permits us in an odd way to pay respect to the fetus (feelings of awe are not uncommon when looking at miniature fingers and fingernails, heart, intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands), even as we simultaneously have complete disregard for it.”

Adding that after she dismembered a 23 week preborn baby she, “rushed upstairs to take overnight call on labour and delivery.”

The image you may have gotten from Harris is that she is some sort of Frankenstein. Her words conjure up pictures of a mad serial killer who can repeatedly kill without feelings of empathy for her victims.

When you meet Harris, you do not get the image of a heartless killer who would cherish her baby’s life while destroying another. In the video below, you get a sense that Harris is a decent person who simply cares for the health of women. That is, if you did not know with her own words what Harris does to these children.


In the footage released by GotNews.com, Harris speaks with an investigator from the Center for Medical Progress who asks her how far abortions are performed at her Planned Parenthood facility. Harris tells CMP, “19 and 6” meaning 19 weeks, 6 days. She also tells CMP that she has been involved in fetal tissue research in the past with, “independent / individual researchers” who needed either fetal tissue or organs.

Lisa Harris Planned Parenthood Center for Medical Progress

Harris, who asked in her paper mentioned above, “What normal person does this kind of work?” told CMP that all “research project” at the Planned Parenthood affiliate she is with go through their VP of medical services. She also says that, “All research projects pay – pay for the effort but there’s never been like a per specimen fee.”

Harris appears distracted during the conversation but made it clear to CMP that she was most concerned about the “research regulations” that “get in the way.” She said her interest in using aborted children for research was that women be allowed to “feel good” about their abortion.

Despite wanting women to think they are doing something good when they have an abortion, Harris once admitted that there is violence in an abortion even suggesting that the label of abortionists as “butchers” might be accurate:

There is violence in abortion, especially in second trimester procedures…Instead of acknowledging what is on the placards, abortion rights activists may say in response to them that they are fake pictures or that abortions don’t really look like that. However, to a doctor and clinic team involved in second trimester abortion, they very well may. Of course, acknowledging the violence of abortion risks admitting that the stereotypes that anti-abortion forces hold of us are true – that we are butchers, etc.,” she wrote.

Disemboweling unborn babies in abortion described by fetal procurement company exposed in new Planned Parenthood

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2015 by saynsumthn

The ninth video in the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal focuses on Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR), described by CBR as, “the small and secretive company that has harvested and sold fetal body parts at Planned Parenthood clinics longer than any other entity.”

CMP Larton ABR fetus intact

During a long conversation CBR had with Perrin Larton, the Procurement Manager for ABR at what appears to be a trade show with the acronym ISSCR, Larton describes details about the abortion procedure.

Larton is listed in a 2011 ISSCR program flyer:
ABR Perrin Larton ICCR abortion CBR

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In the video, the CBR representative Tells Larton that he is interested in whole specimens for mice research, “I would like to lean more on the side of whole organ transplants for the mice…” he says.

To which she responds, “The problem with that is they don’t come out intact. There’s not closed abdomen. It’s always torn apart,” she says.

CMP Larton ABR fetus intact

“The whole point is not to have a live birth…” the ABR rep adds.

Disemboweling :

Disembowel

Later in the conversation Larton explains how the unborn child is disembowled, The abdomen is always ripped open…Everything will just get ripped up,” she says of the child’s organs.

Explaining, ““Whenever we have a smooth portion of liver, we think that’s good…”

Adding, “Just the instruments they go in to pull…it’s just whatever presents first unfortunately and I don’t know why, a lot of times the abdomen presents first and they just go in and start pulling…They’re just there to end a pregnancy. And we cannot ask them to change a process.”

However, the ABR procurement expert does explain that the babies can be delivered “intact” after an abortion:

    “I literally have had women come in and they’ll go in the O.R. and they’re back out in 3 minutes, and I’m going, ‘What’s going on?’ Oh yeah, the fetus was already in the vaginal canal whenever we put her in the stirrups, it just fell out,” she explains of situations where there has been a great enough degree of cervical dilation to procure an intact fetus.

According to the Federal Procurement Data System website, Advanced Bioscience Resources received a $9900 contract with the Food and Drug Administration for in vitro diagnostic substances.

ABR Perrin Lartin CBR Linda abortion fetal tissue

According to CBR, Advanced Bioscience Resources was founded in 1989 by CEO Linda Tracy and charges $340 per second-trimester fetal tissue specimen.

A quick look at ABR’s 2013 990 Tracey, Larton and ABR’s associates earn a good salary from “procuring” fetuses.

Advanced Bio Science 2013 990 Linda Tracy Perrin Larton CBR abortion fetal

In 2013, public records show the organization had net income of just over a million dollars.

Tracey told NPR that ABR procures fetal tissue from hospitals and clinics that perform abortions, paying $30 to $100 a specimen. And adding that her researchers typically pay between $340 and $550 for the fetal organs.

In another portion of the video CMP speaks to Dr. Katharine Sheehan, the long-time medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest until 2013 that her abortion clinic has been using ABR for a number of years.

Katharine Sheehan Planned Parenthood CNR

Sheehan tells actors posing as a new human biologics company that at Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, “We have already a relationship with ABR.” Sheehan explains, “We’ve been using them for over 10 years, really a long time, just kind of renegotiated the contract. They’re doing the big collections for government-level collections and things like that.”

When one of the actors negotiates, “We return a portion of our fees to the clinics.”

Sheehan responds eagerly, “Right, get a toe in and make it, make a pro–alright.”

More here.

Planned Parenthood uses aborted baby parts for humanized mice research

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts, stem Express with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2015 by saynsumthn

H/T to blogger Jill Stanek who points out that some of the requested “fetal cadavers” from Planned Parenthood in Houston are for experimentation with humanized mice. #humanizedmice .

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.

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

Humanized Mice 2 Farrell Planned Parenthood Houston

Humanized Mice Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood implant aborted baby mice

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An article published in Science in the News a Harvard Graduate Student Group at the Harvard Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences explains humanized mice:

    Humanized mice are otherwise ordinary breeds of lab mice that have human cells, tissues, or organs. These types of mice are frequently used by immunologists, who give the mice a mostly-human immune system, but they can also be used to study other body systems. This permits researchers to study different aspects of human biology and the effects of certain drugs or disease treatments using experiments that would otherwise be unethical to conduct on a human being and don’t have safer substitutes.

How are mice humanized?

Fetal liver and thymus tissue used as well something Stem Express gets big bucks for

    The process of humanizing mice requires the transfer of 17-19 week old human fetal tissue into young mice, 6-8 weeks of age, with weakened immune systems. If a mouse with a normal immune system received human tissue, it would start to reject the tissue immediately after the transfer because its immune system would recognize the added tissue as foreign. This process, graft rejection, also happens in humans who receive incompatible organ transplants. Therefore, researchers use mice with a genetically weakened immune system for the humanization procedure. These genetically immunosuppressed mice tolerate the presence of foreign human tissue for long enough to conduct experiments [].

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    Because a mouse’s body is full of its own immune cells, it is essential to remove these cells to create “space” for the human immune cells to populate. To do this, the mice are subjected to a sub-lethal dose of irradiation. Next, to create a niche where the cells can be constantly replenished, the scientists make a small surgical incision to implant human fetal liver and thymus tissue underneath the mouse’s kidney. Finally, human stem cells are injected directly into the mouse’s blood. 17-20 weeks after this procedure, the reconstitution is considered complete when the cells have divided sufficiently to populate their “home” in the mouse’s body. A number of variations to the technique can be introduced depending on the experimental question that needs to be addressed, but most labs follow this general procedure.

These details from the Jackson Laboratory talk about, “engrafting human CD34+ hematopoietic stem cells (hHSCs) alone (hu-CD34 NSG™) or in combination with human fetal thymus and liver tissue transplanted under the kidney capsule.”

Jackson Laboratoy Humanized Mice human fetal baby parts

Read more details here .

They offer Humanized Mice “shipped to you” using fetal livers and thymus:

Tips Humanized mice fetal baby parts Jackson Laboratory

Huamnized mice shipped to you Jackson Laboratory

Human fetal kidney in mice

NOTE: there is no indication that the fetal organs used by the Jackson Lab were from aborted babies though.

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But, according to their website, the Jackson Laboratory was founded in 1929 as The Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory by Clarence Cook Little an advocate of eugenics.

    Little created the first inbred (genetically uniform) mouse strains and wanted to use them experimentally to establish that cancer was a genetic disease, not an infectious disorder, as was widely thought at the time. He gained initial financial support for the Laboratory from Detroit industrialists Edsel Ford, president of the Ford Motor Company, and Roscoe B. Jackson (for whom the Laboratory is named), president of the Hudson Motorcar Company.

Clarence Little Jackson Lab

Clarence Cook Little was the President of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League (ABCL), at the same time he also sat on a pro-euthanasia panel.

Sanger is the founder of Planned Parenthood.

Clarence Cook Little was also member of the Committee on Planned Parenthood:

Clarence Cook Little committee on Planned Parenthood

Read more on Little here.

In a previous post, I explain how aborted baby parts are being implanted into animals and how some of those parts are coming from Stem Express, a fetal tissue procurement company used by Planned Parenthood.

The research, co-authored by Eugene 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.

Fetal Kidney donation

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

“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.

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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.

Read here.

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:

Stem Express Fetal LIver cost 2

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.”

IRB Research abortion fetus

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.

Rats Human Kidney abortion fetus

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.

Humanized Mice 2 Farrell Planned Parenthood Houston

Humanized Mice Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood implant aborted baby mice

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