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

 

 

Baby Body Parts Massive Report Reveals Planned Parenthood’s Guilt

The Select Panel on Infant Lives released a comprehensive report today on their investigations into the fetal tissue trafficking issues over the past year. The report can be found here. We’ve listed all of the criminal referrals and a brief summary below but this only the tip of the iceberg.

The report is over 2,000 pages long, including all the supporting documents. More will undoubtedly be revealed. Our president, Kristan Hawkins, said this in summary of the report:

 “The strain running through the thousands of pages of reports from the Select Panel on Infant Lives is that Planned Parenthood and their business partners are far from the innocent parties they claim to be, that it was their every intention to make money off of the sale of the body parts of babies they aborted. They knew their consent forms were bogus, and they freely broke laws that put women in danger by illegally changing the abortion procedure to procure better organs to sell for money. The final report is heart-wrenching to read, extracting details about late-term abortionists who, like the infamous Kermit Gosnell, killed babies born alive after botched abortions.

 “It is our deepest hope that Planned Parenthood, StemExpress, their business partners, and these late-term abortionists be brought to swift justice by the immediate investigation and prosecution of the U.S. Department of Justice and various state Attorneys General to whom charges were referred. We also agree with the recommendation of the Select Panel that Planned Parenthood be immediately defunded of all taxpayer dollars and that the money be redirected to healthcare providers that do not commit abortions.”

This is a list of the criminal referrals released from the Select Panel on Infant Lives under the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which is contained in their comprehensive report:

  1. The Panel’s investigation revealed that StemExpress and “certain abortion clinics” were violating patient privacy rights under HIPAA for financial gain. A referral was made to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Referral letter here.
  1. The Panel also referred StemExpress to the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services for using invalid consent forms. Also, StemExpress was attempting to interest their customers in fetal baby body parts before an action abortion had taken place, which raise “serious concerns that there may have been coercion or undue influence upon the patient to consent to procurement.” Referral letter here.
  1. TheUniversity of New Mexico was found to have violated their state’s Anatomical Gift Act by receiving tissue from a late-term abortion facility, Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, NM. The matter was referred to the New Mexico Attorney General for further investigation and prosecution. Referral letter here.
  1. A supplemental referral to the New Mexico Attorney General was made that found that the Southwestern Women’s Options abortion facility and the University of New Mexico provided insufficient consent forms to at least one patient. Referral letter here.
  1. It was discovered that an abortion facility in Arkansas violated the law by selling aborted baby remains to StemExpress for profit. A referral was made to the Arkansas District Attorney. Referral letter here.
  1. The Panel’s investigation discovered that Presidential Women’s Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, violated the federal and state law though their relationship with StemExpress, which allowed it to illegally profit from the sale of aborted baby remains. The matter was referred to the Florida Attorney General. Referral letter here.
  1. After conducting a forensic analysis of the limited financial data submitted by StemExpress, the Select Panel found that it was violating federal law by profiting from the sale of aborted baby remains. Referrals were sent to the El Dorado, CA District Attorney and the U.S. Department of Justice. Referral letter here.
  1. DV Biologics, a tissue procurement company, was found to have been illegally trafficking aborted baby remains for profit and had failed to collect California sales taxes. The Orange County District Attorney has sued and the Select Panel made a supplemental referral. (Operation Rescue uncovered aquid pro quo relationship between the owners of DV Biologics and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who granted special favors to them.) Referral letter here.
  1. It was discovered that Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast broke the law when it sold aborted baby remains for profit to the University of Texas. Operation Rescue’s Texas attorney, Briscoe Cain, received evidence of this illegal conduct through a FOIA request and referred the evidence on to investigators. The Select Panel referred the case to the Texas Attorney General. Referral letter here.
  1. Advanced Bioscience Resources was found to have profited from the sale of aborted baby remains to “various universities.” A referral was made to the Riverside, CA District Attorney. Referral letter here.

11, 12. The Panel found gross violations of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act and the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act by a late-term abortionist in Texas whereby he killed babies born alive after botched abortions. The panel referred him for criminal prosecution to the Texas Attorney General (letter here) and the U.S. Department of Justice (letter here).

  1. The Panel found that StemExpress likely destroyed documents key to fetal tissue transfer and referred the matter to the U.S. Department of Justice. Referral letter here.
  1. The Panel found that at least four Planned Parenthood facilities in California and Novogenix violated the law by profiting off of the sale of baby body parts and referred them for criminal prosecution to the U.S. Department of Justice. Referral letter here.