Authorities are mulling what to do with a gristly collection of human remains used as evidence against a Michigan biotech firm that dealt in human remains for researchers.
Arthur Rathburn, owner of International Biological Inc. in Detroit, Michigan, is serving nine years in prison. A jury recently convicted him of deceiving customers about infected human remains that he rented to medical training groups and illegally transporting hazardous materials, MLive reports.
Among the most horrifying of the discoveries in Rathburn’s warehouse were four second-trimester babies who may have been aborted. Their remains were publicized by Reuters after authorities raided Rathburn’s facility; however, very little is known about these tiny infants’ remains. The local news reports the babies never were mentioned in the trial.
Now that the trial is over, authorities are deciding what to do with the human remains that they found at Rathburn’s warehouse.
The local news reports:
FBI evidence lockers and freezers now contain the gruesome evidence, an undisclosed number of bodies, heads, arms, legs, organs, torsos, and apparently, fetuses.
Officials haven’t said what will happen with those human remains, but on Tuesday, June 5, federal prosecutors filed a request for a court order to cremate the body parts and return ashes to the respective families.
Rathburn allegedly rented diseased body parts to about 140 medical training groups between 2000 and 2013, according to authorities.
Pro-life advocates and the local newspaper said they both requested freedom of information act requests to learn more about the babies’ bodies, but both have been unsuccessful thus far.
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The report continues:
[Right to Life of Michigan] spokesman, Chris Gast, attended the opening day of Rathburn’s trial hoping to learn more about the fetuses in the Detroit warehouse.
“We want to know if he bought these babies from an abortion clinic, which may have violated our old state law at the time,” Gast said. “The evidence may also shed additional light on ongoing issues regarding fetal tissue research.
“Even if these babies were stillborn and Rathburn got them from a hospital, there still may be violations of state law. Out of human decency, the parents of these children have the same right to know as the families of all of the other people whose bodies were handled so grotesquely.”
These news reports bring to mind the shocking discoveries about Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses. The sale of body parts from aborted babies is technically illegal, but the law is very convoluted. Companies can receive compensation for the costs of storing and transporting human remains to medical groups for research and training. But it appears that Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses allegedly used this loophole to profit from the sales of aborted baby body parts.
In December, the U.S. Department of Justice said it is investigating whether the abortion chain illegally sold aborted baby body parts.