In October, Planned Parenthood told the New York Times that only two of its health centers nationwide supply “fetal tissue” to researchers – one in California and one in Washington state.
But a new report from the Family Research Council indicates that 20 of the abortion business’s affiliates across the country were involved in harvesting aborted babies’ body parts for researchers in the past five years.
The report, “Investigating Planned Parenthood and Research Using Aborted Babies,” provides a detailed summary of what has been revealed about Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby harvesting practices since the Center for Medical Progress began releasing its undercover videos last summer.
“We are shedding light not just on Planned Parenthood’s appalling business practices, but also on their corporate and academic allies which benefit from baby organ harvesting,” said FRC Center for Human Dignity Director Arina Grossu, who authored the report. “This research is a starting point in the investigation of Planned Parenthood’s activities and the involvement of taxpayer funds.”
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The report documents 20 Planned Parenthood affiliates that have participated in aborted baby body harvesting programs in the past five years, as well as the receiving groups. These include abortion affiliates in California, Texas, Colorado, Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., New York, Utah, Oregon and possibly the affiliate in southern New England.
One of the affiliates highlighted in the report is Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, based in Houston, Texas. The abortion affiliate has been in the spotlight recently after a grand jury, tasked with investigating its aborted baby harvesting program, indicted undercover investigators David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress instead.
The report links to records showing that the Texas abortion group participates in aborted baby body harvesting, evidence that the Texas grand jury appears to have ignored. The report also mentions the abortion group’s connection to the University of Texas Medical Branch, which appears to have bought aborted babies’ body parts from the group, LifeNews reported last week.
In the report are details about the number of Planned Parenthood facilities that perform medical and surgical abortions and how late they do them. Readers also can find information about state abortion limits, the states where investigations have occurred and defunding efforts are taking place, the Congressional investigations and a list of the biotech companies that act as middlemen in the sale of baby parts and some of their consumers.
In the conclusion of the report, Grossu pointed out that taxpayers should be concerned, not just about the callous destruction of unborn babies, but also about the millions of taxpayer dollars that funded human fetal tissue research.
In 2014 alone, the National Institute of Health spent $76 million on human fetal tissue research “with grants to more than 50 universities, including Columbia, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Yale and the Universities of California in Berkeley, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. It expects to spend the same amount in 2015 and 2016,” the report states.
“Taxpayers have a right to know how these baby parts were obtained, which Planned Parenthood affiliates and other abortion facilities were involved, as well as which biotech companies and end consumers profited from the sale and use of aborted baby parts,” it continues.
Pointing to the mounting evidence against Planned Parenthood, Grossu called for continued investigation of the abortion giant and prosecution in cases where they are found in violation of the law.
“The investigation must look into possible violations of current laws against the sale of baby parts, performing partial birth abortions, and killing babies born alive after abortion,” she said. “This is especially true of Planned Parenthood affiliates that are or were involved in the harvesting and sale of baby parts, biotech companies which sell aborted baby parts, and end consumers which are often funded with taxpayer money to do research for federal entities such as the NIH and FDA.”
Several state investigations already have revealed wrong-doing at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics since the Center for Medical Progress began releasing its videos. Other states and a U.S. Congressional Committee are still in the process of investigating the abortion giant.
The federal law that technically prohibits the sale of aborted babies and their body parts was written by a pro-abortion Congressman decades ago and essentially spells out a process by which sellers of aborted baby body parts can meet certain criteria that allows the sales to be legal. That’s why a Colorado congressman has introduced legislation to totally ban the sales of aborted baby body parts.