We asked the University of Michigan to stop buying baby parts

By Audrey Nitzel, SFLA Michigan Regional Coordinator

My adventure on the University of Michigan’s campus was an interesting one to say the least. Around thirty students, alumni, and other community members woke up early on a beautiful Saturday morning to protest the trafficking of aborted baby body parts at the University of Michigan.UM fetal trafficking2

With the weather on our side at a sunny 65 degrees, we began to set up. More and more people began to gather with homemade signs, and we began our rally.

We had Lynn Mills, Monica Miller, Sandie Weathers, myself and many other students speak out against this horrific act. We presented evidence of the school’s role in fetal tissue trafficking, including invoices from Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, obtained through a MI state FOIA request. ABR charges double if you order two fetal eyes instead of just one…as if extracting the baby’s second eyeball costs an extra $340 on top of the first one. View the invoices here.

About halfway through a man began yelling profanities and calling us “fascists” and telling us that we did not have the right to free speech. He was yelling “woah” as loud as he could to simply create as much noise as possible and block us from raising awareness about the trafficking.

Monica Miller was speaking at the time and she tried to ask this man what his argument was and he just did not have one, and he continued screaming.

I calmly went up to him and said that campus police was on their way (we had given them a quick call) and that they were prepared to fine him with harassment charges. I told him that if he didn’t leave immediately and allow us to continue on with our free speech I would take a picture of him and give it to the police when they arrived. He said one last nasty comment and walked briskly away.

Shortly after, another protester joined us, and he claimed to be of the Christian faith. He argued with pro-lifers as speakers tried to convey their messages, and began getting louder and louder. He spilled his drink (presumably coffee) on himself, and was acting very obnoxious.UM fetal traficking

I asked him if he could consider discussing with us after the event was over, as it was disrespectful to the speakers and he said “Hell no, I don’t have to listen to this shit.” Well obviously he did not have to listen, but he remained and continued to cause a ruckus anyway.

A woman from the pro-life movement removed him from the crowd (second time a woman had to try to remove from the pro-life rally) and finally calmed him down and we believe he is more open to the pro-life side now.

During the rally, we learned that Norma McCorvey  – the ‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade – passed away. She was the first pawn that the pro-abortion movement used to claim its right to an abortion through the US Supreme Court. Ms. McCorvey publicly converted to become pro-life and then became a Christian and worked the rest of her days to reverse the damage of the infamous court case.

Many tears shed and Monica Miller led a beautiful prayer in remembrance of her.

We had collected signatures during the rally for a letter to the University of Michigan’s president, demanding that the school stop their role in the fetal trafficking industry. We had around thirty signatures and Rachel Crawford, president of the Students for Life group at the University of Michigan will deliver it to the President of the University of Michigan on Monday morning.

The truth behind fetal tissue research

The abortion industry touts the amazing research done with the use of baby body parts, which is what they tell women when they consent to have an abortion – and donating the “fetal tissue” of their preborn baby post-abortion.

Putting aside the entire illegality and betrayal of having women sign intentionally deceptive consent forms that fail to say those baby body parts will be sold for profit, does fetal tissue research really add up to all it’s cracked up to be?

Looking through the massive report from the Select Panel on Infant Lives in the U.S. House of Representatives, who did a years worth of research and compiling evidence in the abortion industry’s fetal trafficking business, the answer would be no, fetal tissue research is all that the abortion industry claims it to be.

Below is from the Select Panel’s report:

Fetal tissue of aborted babies has not been and is not necessary for any kind of life-saving treatment for disease research. The abortion industry uses fruitless research to pressure women for their consent to hand over their aborted children for profit.

  • Early vaccine research did not depend on human fetal tissue
    • Vaccine research was begun by Edward Jenner in the late 1700s, more than 100 years before the first published use of human fetal tissue for biomedical research
    • While human fetal tissue cultures were used to first successfully create the polio virus in a laboratory and for basic research (which could have been accomplished using non-fetal or even non-human cells), the human fetal tissue did not result in a vaccine or a cure, nor has it ever been used to make the polio vaccine.
    • Fetal tissue and fetal cell lines were not used to develop the measles vaccine. It was instead created using cells from chicken eggs, human placentas, and adult kidneys.
    • The vaccine for mumps was not created using human fetal tissue. It was developed using cultures from monkey cells and chicken embryos.
    • While human fetal tissue has been used to produce a vaccine for Rubella, it was not used to develop the first vaccines, nor is it necessary for further research or production of rubella vaccines.
  • None of the nearly 75 vaccine formulations currently licensed in the United States is produced using freshly isolated human fetal tissue, according to data provided by the FDA (Exhibit 9.3 here). Some use cell lines created in the 1970s, but those vaccines don’t require new fetal tissue, and could be produced using non-fetal tissue.
  • Human fetal tissue is not required for research into human brain diseases such as Zika or Down syndrome. Tissue from other mammalian species can be used. For example, less than 1% of the more than 20,000 research articles on the development of neural tissue in the NIH database used human fetal tissue.
    • The major advances in our understanding of the Zika virus have not come from research involving human fetal tissue.
  • In the nearly 100 years that research using human fetal tissue has been unrestricted, not a single clinical treatment has been developed from human fetal tissue. In contrast, stem and progenitor cells from non-fetal tissues have rapidly yielded clinical treatments with proven benefits to patients. The select panel report includes specific data on how human fetal tissue has not been used or is not necessary for research or cures on a whole range of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, ALS, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, preterm birth, spinal cord injury, and Zika.

All exhibits for this section can be found here: https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/Chapter_IX_Exhibits.pdf

 

 

Our Pink Van Showed Up at Cecile Richards’ Event Today

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, made a quick stop at Temple University in Philadelphia this morning to talk to all of 39 students about why “reproductive health” (aka abortion) is so important this election.

It is important. OPP Temple3ne party believes in abortion until the moment of birth for any reason whatsoever. Cecile Richards is adamant about supporting that position and about making sure politicians are elected that continue to write half a billion dollar checks each year to her organization.

But back to Temple University this morning. The incredible Students for Life group at Temple found out about the event just yesterday and immediately emailed their SFLA Regional Coordinator, Michele (well done!). Michele then set in motion plans to get one of our awesome vans from the #PinkFleet that’s traveling with the Cycle of Corruption campus tour up to the Temple campus today.

In the meantime, Temple Students for Life recruited students to meet us at the university and set up our Planned Parenthood Project display and hand out postcards that corresponded to that display, which uses facts and figures from Planned Parenthood’s own annual report to show they push abortion above all else and receive an astounding amount of taxpayer money. They also handed out postcards that explained Planned Parenthood’s corrupt role in the political process.

PP Temple1The event was put together in less than 24 hours and we are so proud of Temple Students for Life and our team!

This is the passion of the Pro-Life Generation – a passion to show that we care deeply about both mom and baby and that we believe in educating our peers to expose Planned Parenthood’s shady business practices and their daily betrayal of women.

If you hear that Cecile Richards is coming to your campus and you want our #PinkFleet van to show up, email your Regional Coordinator as soon as you find out!PP Temple4

Unraveling of the for-profit baby body parts industry?

Some big news out of California, of all places, on fallout from the Center for Medical Progress undercover videos.

The Orange County District Attorney in California filed suit today against DaVinci Biosciences and DV Biologics, both partners of Planned Parenthood, who supplied them with body parts of aborted babies. The lawsuit alleges the companies illegally profited off of those body parts. Center for Medical Progress undercover videos in California involved correspondence with DV Biologics.

Kristan Hawkins, president of SFLA, said this:

“The Orange County, California District Attorney should be commended for suing two of Planned Parenthood’s business partners, DaVinci Biosciences and DV Biologics, for profiting off of the body parts of aborted babies, sold to them by Planned Parenthood. Hopefully this lawsuit is the beginning of the unraveling of the entire for-profit fetal tissue industry, one that Planned Parenthood has played a key role in for years.

“If a California District Attorney can file suit for illegally profiting off of baby body parts, there’s no excuse for law enforcement in other parts of the country not to do their jobs and put a stop to this criminal activity.”

We will update this blog as more information becomes available but for now, this is awesome news!