A woman who aborted her baby in 2012 says the abortion facility donated her aborted daughter’s body to researchers at the University of New Mexico without her full knowledge or consent, according to The Stream.
Jessica Duran filed a lawsuit against the Southwestern Women’s Options this week, alleging that the abortion facility did not tell her that donating her aborted baby’s body was voluntary. Duran also said the abortion facility did not give her details about how her baby’s remains would be used in the research.
The pro-life group New Mexico Alliance for Life is supporting her in the effort.
“They take advantage of women like me in frantic situations by not giving us all the facts and information we are entitled to,” Duran said during a press conference Monday at the university.
“The very people who advertise they offer women ‘the right to choose’ at Southwestern Women’s Options violated my right to choose,” Duran added in a statement.
Here’s more from the report:
According to the lawsuit filed at the Second Judicial District Court in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, SWO provided Duran with a consent form indicating that “tissue and parts” of her aborted baby could be used in medical research. However, the center failed to inform Duran of important specifics, such as the nature and extent of how her baby would be used in research, the fact that SWO was the sole supplier of fetal tissue to UNM (several SWO staff physicians are also volunteer faculty members at UNM), who she could contact with questions about the process, or the fact that the donation of her baby’s body to fetal research was voluntary.
… Duran’s lawsuit accuses SWO of deceptive trade practices and violation of state law, which requires informed consent before providing an abortion.
“We have evidence that suggests UNM and SWO have been violating women’s rights to informed consent since 1995,” said Elisa Martinez, NMAFL Director, in Monday’s press release. Martinez and Duran are asking New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas to criminally investigate SWO and UNM.
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The New Mexico pro-life group also launched a new website where women who believe their rights were violated at Southwestern can go to learn more and receive free legal consultation.
Duran is not alone. Last January, a Silent No More Awareness event featured a woman named Nancy who said Planned Parenthood staffers coerced her into donating her aborted baby’s body to research.
Her story continued:
I said I didn’t want to sign it (the fetal tissue donation consent form) and they said I had to or I couldn’t have the abortion. I didn’t want my baby to be used for scientific research and I was told, “Don’t worry, it’s not a baby.” I told her I had two daughters already and I knew what a baby was. She said, “We don’t think its a baby.”
I had changed my mind. I was looking for a way out of going through with the abortion, so I thought about just not signing the (fetal tissue donation) consent form. But the Planned Parenthood Staffer told me “what you think of as a “baby” will be used for something good.” So I signed the form. I was on the table, but wanted to leave and I was pushed back down. They said it was too late to change my mind.
Testimony during a Congressional hearing in March also revealed how Planned Parenthood deceives women on its “fetal tissue” consent forms.
The Planned Parenthood form promises pregnant women considering abortion that aborted fetal tissue “has been used to treat and find a cure for such diseases as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and AIDS.” No cures for these diseases are currently available, and no current therapies for them use aborted fetal tissue.
Dr. Lawrence Goldstein, a scientist from the University of California at San Diego and the key witness for Planned Parenthood, admitted to the Select Panel on Infant Lives that the abortion group’s claims were “inappropriate” and never would have passed his review board.