Planned Parenthood Defends Selling Aborted Babies: Research With Their Bodies Cures Diseases

Opinion   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Aug 13, 2015   |   9:26AM   |   Washington, DC

Planned Parenthood should really shy away from calling pro-lifers extremists considering the recent videos showing their officials negotiating the price of aborted babies’ body parts for organ harvesting. In a Twitter post, the abortion company says, “Fetal tissue research found vaccines for hepatitis A, rubella, chickenpox, rabies. But extremists stigmatize it.”

Does Planned Parenthood seriously think American’s are relieved that something good came from all those babies they chopped up and sold? That’s highly unlikely and as one Twitter user said, “Killing to save? That’s an extremist ideology held by an extremist organization.”

In the Twitter post, Planed Parenthood links to a US News article that argues scientists use fetal tissue for essential medical research. The article reads, “U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss to cancer and AIDS.” Then they quote a few researchers from prestigious universities like Stanford and John Hopkins University.

However, the truth is the importance of fetal tissue research is fairly controversial in the medical community.

As LifeNews previously reported, associate professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, Insoo Hyu argues that cells from aborted babies are no longer needed to create vaccines. He said, “Despite the long history of using fetal tissue in medicine and research, the practice could be on the way out. Even though it has led to important medical advances in the last several decades, ‘in the future, the need for fetal tissue will go down because of advances in stem cell [technology] that will take over.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) holds this position as well.

They explained, “…Some vaccines such as rubella and varicella [were] made from human cell-line cultures, and some of these cell lines originated from aborted fetal tissue, obtained from legal abortions in the 1960s. No new fetal tissue is needed to produce cell lines to make these vaccines, now or in the future.”

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In an interview with ABC News, the President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards said, “What happens in this country, at Planned Parenthood and other hospitals is that, women in very few places are allowed to donate fetal tissue for life-saving medical research. Research, you know, developing cures for Parkinson, even the Ebola vaccine.”

Then, in a press release, the abortion company reiterated this point. They wrote, “In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, treatments and cures for serious diseases. Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different. At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does — with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards.”

Ultimately, there is one big problem with Planned Parenthood’s claim that their organ harvesting is lifesaving; regardless of the “good” they say comes from it, they are killing babies and profiting off their parts. Planned Parenthood is trying to change the conversation and make it about something that is irrelevant because they know their practices are evil.


Although I don’t usually refer to the Nazi Holocaust when talking about abortion, in this case the parallel is undeniable. Attorney Matt Barber explained the insanity of Planned Parenthood’s ideology by reminding us of Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who conducted research on children during the Holocaust. He explained that Mengele too said he tortured and killed people for the sake of “medical research.”

Barber explained, “Much of Mengele’s “medical research” was conducted on children and newborns – especially twins. One witness described what happened after Mengele once delivered a Jewish “fetus”: “But when he saw that there was only one baby and not twins, he tore the baby right out of the mother’s uterus, threw it into an oven and walked away,” she said. “We saw this.”

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Later he added, “The jig’s up, you cold, calculating, modern-day Mengeles. The amazing investigative journalism of The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has exposed smoking-gun proof that you intentionally and illegally profit, in the millions, by “crushing,” dismembering alive and otherwise torturing to death our most innocent fellow human beings, and then selling their body parts for Mengelesque “medical research.”

These are babies, and you know it. You’ve always known it. Even so, and with a conscience seared black by the father of lies himself, you simply don’t care.”