There are two videos now exposing Planned Parenthood as guilty of selling aborted baby body parts. There is a lot of noise about the discovery (although I suspect this has been known in some circles for quite some time). What are we going to do about it? Does anyone in Congress at least have the intestinal fortitude to stop funding Planned Parenthood? That might be a first step. Do any of the people who scream about using animals in laboratories want to come forward and demand that the use of aborted baby body parts in laboratories should stop? Has Frankenstein become a reality?
On Sunday, The Washington Times posted an article about the selling of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood. The article explains that there is a loophole in the law that allows this to happen. Abby Johnson is a former clinic director for a Planned Parenthood facility in East Texas.
The article reports:
Based on her experience, Ms. Johnson says she saw nothing in the video to indicate that Planned Parenthood is breaking the law. At the same time, she said the video exposes a loophole that gives clinics and processing companies enormous latitude in setting reimbursement charges for fetal hearts, lungs and other organs.
“The law currently states that there can be moneys exchanged as long as they fit under certain categories like preservation, collection, storage, transport, etc.,” Ms. Johnson said. “And the law says there is not a maximum amount that can be charged or a minimum amount but that costs cannot be prohibitive. And that’s very subjective.”
(Corrected paragraph:) Ms. Johnson does not support the use of fetal-tissue for research.
“They [clinics] could say, ‘Well, it’s more difficult for me to harvest a brain than it is for me to harvest a kidney, so that collection fee is going to be $1,000 for a brain, whereas it’s only going to be $400 for a kidney,'” Ms. Johnson said. “And the problem is that it’s so subjective, the amount of money that can be charged. That’s really where we need reform.”
Arthur Caplan, director of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center‘s Department of Population Health, also raised the issue of high transfer costs, telling Reuters that only a few companies collect the fetal tissue and that “they charge a lot for it.”
“I’m not sure people who donate it realize that,” Mr. Caplan added.
Again, what are we going to do about this? Are you willing to call your Congressman and ask that Congress stop funding Planned Parenthood? Are you willing to ask that the loophole in the law be changed so that aborted baby parts are not sold for profit? Are you as upset by this as you were by the killing of baby seals or the use of animals for cosmetic research? What kind of a society have we become?