Study Shows Abortion Has Helped Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics Industries Grow
by Steven Ertelt
May 20, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Vicki Evans, Respect Life Coordinator for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has authored a new study showing the growth of the abortion industry has aided the growth of the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. Evans shared her study with the Catholic San Francisco newspaper.
She informed the paper that abortion has become a $1 billion-a-year industry over the last 40 years that has fed off of "a climate that is allowing related, morally suspect commercial offshoots to develop in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and life sciences."
Legal and widespread abortion has made possible a host of clandestine business practices that thrive under the radar of the American populace," Evans explains.
Looking at the abortion industry itself, Evans notes that there were 1,787 abortion providers in the United States in 2005 and Planned Parenthood Federation of Americas abortion market share grew from 12% in 1997 to nearly 25% in 2008.
PPFA presents a comprehensive case study on how business evolves to capitalize on changes in the law and the prevailing culture," Evans says.
She noted that Planned Parenthood got a big bang for its buck as it political contributions of $15.76 million during the 1990-2008 election cycles. That resulted in billions of dollars in state and federal taxpayer grants.
According to the newspaper, Evans says this market allowed the growth of a fetal industry that has seen the use of tissue form babies killed in abortions used in drugs and cosmetics.
"A fetal parts industry could not have developed without a legal and protected abortion structure. Millions of fetuses that are by-products of abortion cannot technically be bought and sold, but a market does exist," Evans notes.
Her study says: "The predominant industries engaged in fetal tissue research are part of the emerging life-science industry: the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and biologics sectors. Commercial use of fetal tissue has historically revolved around the production of childhood vaccines but is now expanding into vaccines to treat flu, HIV and more. "
Evans indicates the "cosmetics industry, particularly the anti-aging market segment, is a beneficiary of the growth of abortion."
She adds: "From miracle creams and emulsions developed using fetal-cell technologies, to face lifts and cosmetic procedures injecting aborted fetal tissue to promote youth and vitality, this business sector has an enormous and increasing demand for fetal cells and organs."
"Legal and widespread abortion has made possible a host of clandestine business practices that thrive under the radar of the American populace," Evans wrote in a synopsis. "Regulation and transparency are often avoided because of ideological fears of limiting access to abortion or of inviting scrutiny by opposing ideological groups. Thus, the commercialization of human beings as commodities persists."
Evans’ 72-page study is titled "Commercial Markets Created by Abortion: Profiting From the Fetal Distribution Chain," and it was her thesis for a licentiate in bioethics from Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome. She graduated summa cum laude.
The Catholic San Francisco notes that Evans is a certified pubic accountant.
I wanted to come up with a body of knowledge that nobody else had thought of before, Evans told Catholic San Francisco. In following the money and seeing who gets paid for what and how much they get paid, and how unregulated these areas are, I found a lot of facts that a lot of people wouldn’t have noticed or wouldn’t have thought to look for.
Related web sites: Evans’ complete study
Catholic San Francisco report –
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