The Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List, reported that President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rose to defend Planned Parenthood in the wake of numerous videos exposing the abortion company’s organ harvesting business.
In a letter to Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), HHS said Planned Parenthood did not break any laws by selling aborted babies. Jim Esquea, HHS’s assistant secretary for legislation, wrote, “We have confirmed that HHS researchers working with fetal tissue obtained the tissue from non-profit organizations that provided assurances to us that they are in compliance with all applicable legal requirements.”
Esquea also justified the company’s practice of selling aborted babies for research by saying it’s critical for the medical community.
He said, “The use of fetal tissue in medical research has been an instrumental component of our attempts to understand, treat, and cure a number of conditions and diseases that affect millions of Americans. In addition, research using cell lines derived from fetal tissue has also played an essential role in the field of vaccine development.”
However, as LifeNews previously reported, the importance of fetal tissue research is fairly controversial among medical researchers. The 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. “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,” they explained.
HHS also argued that the only funding they provide Planned Parenthood is for their cancer screenings, contraception and annual wellness exams. They said, “While HHS provides funding to Planned Parenthood federation of America through competitively-awarded grants and contracts, the funding does not support research involving fetal tissue. Instead the funds are used to provide critical health services, including annual wellness exams, cancer screenings, contraception, and to further the study of sexually transmitted diseases.”
The truth is there are plenty of legitimate clinics in the United States that provide health care and do not kill babies in abortions and then profit from their organs. For example, Alliance Defending Freedom reported that there are 13,540 clinics providing whole-woman healthcare in the U.S. versus the 665 Planned Parenthood facilities. These centers serve all types of women, including those who are homeless, uninsured, and living in poverty. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that there are 8,735 licensed mammography facilities in America but Planned Parenthood operates none of them.