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Who is profiting from the exploitation of fetal remains? The disposition of fetal remains and body parts is already strictly regulated by federal law. Violators are subject to criminal penalties, and these penalties should be strictly enforced. But by holding congressional hearings to investigate alleged trafficking in fetal tissue, anti-abortion members of Congress have used fetal remains to their own advantage.
These politicians should respect the consensus achieved by the scientists, ethicists and elected officials who wrote the laws. They should insist that the laws be enforced against all parties who use fetal tissue illegally, including anti-abortion zealots. Most important, congressional representatives should themselves refrain from exploiting fetal remains for political profit.
Last week, the House Commerce Committee held hearings to investigate whether fetal tissue is being bought and sold in violation of federal law. This follows a report earlier on ABC's television news magazine "20/20," alleging that unscrupulous doctors and clinics are selling fetal body parts for profit. The story was macabre and shocking. Who but the most depraved criminal would scheme to benefit from the sale of human body parts? Yet while it may be illegal to profit financially from the sale of fetal tissue, nothing prevents the anti-abortion lobby from exploiting fetal remains for political profit.
A corrupt pathologist-entrepreneur told "20/20's" undercover reporter that his company will sell fetal tissue and organs to researchers for prices as high as the market will bear. When "20/20" showed the footage to commentators, everyone from Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt to ethicist Arthur Caplan agreed that these actions were reprehensible and should be punished. Meanwhile, the legal means for prosecution are already on the books. In fact, laws against fetal tissue research and trafficking in fetal body parts are tougher and more effective today than at any point in this country's history. The sale of fetal tissue is prohibited under the 1993 NIH Revitalization Act and the National Organ Transplant Act. The proper response to violations is to arrest and prosecute the offenders.
By agreeing to hold hearings, members of the Commerce Committee allowed themselves to be used as pawns. They have relied on information compiled by a renegade anti-abortion organization, Life Dynamics, based in Denton, Texas. Founded in 1992 by Mark Crutcher, Life Dynamics trains anti-abortion activists and devises new strategies to turn the public against abortion.
Life Dynamics' latest tactic is outlined in its pamphlet, "Baby Parts Marketing." This sensationalist tract describes a litany of fetuses allegedly dissected alive and sold in pieces to a secret research industry.
Testimony concerning this was provided by Lawrence D. Alberty Jr., who later admitted to "20/20" that Life Dynamics had paid him $10,000 to work undercover in one of the clinics. The Times reported that Alberty admitted he had fabricated claims he made on a video for Life Dynamics. Yet those incriminating details are no longer relevant, because Life Dynamics got what it wanted: congressional hearings.
The only reason to hold hearings is to provide anti-abortion activists a platform for their lurid propaganda. Anti-abortion members of Congress are only too eager to go along with this strategy. They denied a Democratic petition to have closed-door hearings because they wanted to ensure that the public would hear the morbid claims compiled by anti-abortion activists. Clearly, anti-abortion congressmen are using their political power to exploit dead fetuses. Other anti-abortion activists have not limited themselves to rhetorical posturing.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Krazysh0t
Ummm, what did you expect PP to say about it?
Did ACORN ever admit they did anything wrong?
Has Hillary ever admit to anything either even thought she's been caught in lie after lie? What about Obama?
Well PP is certainly more believable and has more credibility than some random pro-life organization that has roots in another pro-life organization that attempts to do similar video sting campaigns that try to show PP doing and admitting to things that they don't do.
Where do these allegations of "baby parts for sale" come from? Without exception, the lurid stories being spread by the mainstream media are based on a single source: an August 30, 1999 article in the right-wing Alberta Report magazine. The Alberta Report in turn got its information almost entirely from Life Dynamics Inc. (LDI) of Texas, an extremist anti-abortion organization that specializes in using deceit and harassment to discredit and vilify abortion providers. It is chilling to think that mainstream media would present without question information from a group as sinister as Life Dynamics.
So who is Life Dynamics and what do they do? Mark Crutcher is LDI's executive director, and his goal is to make abortion all but unavailable, whether legal or not. Crutcher is a known associate of anti-abortion leaders who advocate the murder of abortion providers.
The only allegation currently under investigation by a U.S. Congressional committee is that two biomedical companies, acting as third parties in the collection of fetal tissue, are charging inflated handling fees to research institutions -- more than what is needed to cover costs. Let there be no doubt as to the unanimous pro-choice position on this -- if any type of illegal activity is happening -- and nothing has been proved as yet -- let's root it out and prosecute the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law. [Ed note: In August 2001, these two companies and a Kansas abortion clinic were cleared of any wrongdoing, after an FBI investigation concluded no illegal activities had occurred].
originally posted by: Gryphon66
Yep, that must be why the Right Wing is so hotly trying to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment
(Sorry for the off-topic post, although this does go to collusion between right-wing power brokers and the US Congress.)
INTERVIEWER: You aren’t the first person to raise questions about alleged profits being made off of fetal tissue. Back in 2000, there were high-profile reports and a congressional hearing on fetal tissue donations. Did those earlier reports influence your work?
DAVID DALIEDEN: That was something that surprised me—that no one had looked into this issue for 15 years at this point. The last time this issue was in the public discourse was back in 2000, all because of the very seminal investigation and exposé done by Mark Crutcher (of the pro-life group Life Dynamics). I wanted to do something that would go beyond the work Mark had done. In Mark’s report, there was not a lot of focus on the supplier—on the people who were actually terminating the fetuses and using the abortions to get high quality body parts. That wasn’t really covered in 2000.
In 2013, at the age of 24, Mr. Daleiden founded the CMP to investigate in-depth bioethical issues. “Human Capital” is its first project.
Part of the preparation for the project included studying Life Dynamics’ research from 15 years ago. That organization, founded in Texas in 1992 by Mark Crutcher, had paid an employee of a fetal tissue-collection organization to provide evidence of illegal practices at a Planned Parenthood facility in Overland Park, Kan.
Though Florida’s investigation found Planned Parenthood was generally compliant, state inspectors did accuse three clinics of preforming second-trimester abortions — which they maintain begins at 12 weeks — without proper licenses. However, Planned Parenthood, along with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, dispute the state’s definition of second trimester. “We measure [trimesters] according to accepted medical guidelines and in accordance with Florida regulations as up to 13 weeks and six days from a woman’s last menstrual cycle,” Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates told the Wall Street Journal.
Live Action was founded in 2003 by then fifteen year-old Lila Rose. In 2008 Live Action was legally formed as a non-partisan, non-profit organization.
Several GOP members of the House Energy and Commerce and House Judiciary committees—all of whom are also members of the House “Pro-life” Caucus and all of whom expressed outrage at the video—immediately announced hearings and investigations. Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), for example, said: “The chilling video released today is yet another tragic and heart-breaking reminder of Planned Parenthood’s legendary disregard for the sanctity of innocent human life. The trafficking of the little hearts, livers and heads of these precious unborn children resulted in significant financial benefit for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country.”
Apparently, Franks was not “chilled” enough by the video to do anything about it when he first saw it at least a month earlier than it was released to the public, as he later admitted to Roll Call. At least one other lawmaker is on record as having seen the video well before its release. Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) also admitted to Roll Call having seen the video at least a month earlier. When pressed by Roll Call as to why he did nothing about these explosive charges in the intervening time, Murphy cut off the reporter, saying: “This interview never happened.”
The Center for Medical Progress is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.
DALEIDEN: I want the whole world, but especially the American people, to know the whole story of what Planned Parenthood is doing to the babies that they abort. I hope that elected officials listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the laws they break during their barbaric abortion practice and baby-parts trade. There should be an immediate moratorium on taxpayer dollars going to Planned Parenthood while elected officials determine the full extent of Planned Parenthood’s atrocities against humanity.
Read more at: www.nationalreview.com...
On Monday, Mr. Daleiden issued a statement in response: “The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work.”
But the description of the center on its website has changed. Originally it was a nonprofit “dedicated to informing and educating both the lay public and the scientific community about the latest advances in regenerative medicine, cell-based therapies, and related disciplines.” Recently it became “a group of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances.”
This tactic is a mainstay of the anti-choice movement: it shows one face to the initiated, and another to the public
$725,000 to Life Dynamics. Its motto is "Pro-Life: without compromise, without exception, without apology." Based in Texas, Life Dynamics assists lawyers and anti-abortion groups around the country in legally challenging regional reproductive health clinics that provide abortion services. Life Dynamics also sends undercover operatives to spy on abortion providers. More curiously, Life Dynamics operates a direct mail program, through which it "alerts doctors and medical students to the stigma that attaches to abortionists."
a reply to: Gryphon66
The Assembly of Yahweh 7th Day Church has an impressively detailed website, so you can discern a fair amount about Wilks' guiding philosophies without much difficulty. By way of example, the Assembly of Yahweh Church helpfully provides its online readership with this helpful guide to appropriate women's behavior. Among the Wilks church's prescribed directives to female members of the flock: be ruled by men, don't work outside of the house, and do not speak during religious services.
originally posted by: dawnstar
a reply to: Gryphon66
well if the wife is to be ruled by her husband, where do they get off telling a wife that she should keep her legs crossed if she doesn't want a kid? shouldn't they be telling her husband that if his wife doesn't want a kid he should keep his pant on and zipper zipped!!!
originally posted by: dawnstar
a reply to: Gryphon66
I spend some time looking but failed miserably really,.....
have any idea as to what search terms would produce that kind of financial information?