Tissue companies have been buying the body parts of aborted babies for years. “Fetal tissue” research is legal in the United States. But an undercover video sting of Planned Parenthood and some tissue company employees shined a bright light on the macabre practice and reinvigorated the “Defund Planned Parenthood” movement.
The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), founded by pro-lifer David Daleiden, began releasing secretly recorded videos in the summer of 2015 that showed abortionists and tissue company employees talking about harvesting in a gruesome yet “business as usual” manner.
A former tissue company employee gave a grisly account (“A Baby Boy, A Heartbeat, and Scissors”) of what she witnessed another technician do to an aborted baby.
Pro-lifers have many problems with this practice that extend beyond the obvious — an unborn child is dead. Do women give informed consent for these donations? Does Planned Parenthood profit from the sales (which supposedly is illegal.) Do abortionists change how they kill the unborn babies based on tissue company requests for certain organs?
The federal government might be cracking down. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ended a contract between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and tissue company Advanced Bioscience Resources and put the rest on notice:
“…HHS has initiated a comprehensive review of all research involving fetal tissue to ensure consistency with statutes and regulations governing such research, and to ensure the adequacy of procedures and oversight of this research in light of the serious regulatory, moral, and ethical considerations involved. Finally, HHS is continuing to review whether adequate alternatives exist to the use of human fetal tissue in HHS funded research and will ensure that efforts to develop such alternatives are funded and accelerated.”
In 2015, CMP released a video secretly recorded at a Planned Parenthood conference that featured employees from Advanced Bioscience Resources and StemExpress, which severed contact with Planned Parenthood after the scandal broke.