The ninth video released by the Center for Medical Progress provides a glimpse into the murky and cutthroat world of the baby-harvesting business, with rival companies competing for valuable livers, hearts and kidneys.
On the video StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer describes starting her private for-profit company after working as a procurement specialist for non-profit Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR). She says ABR used to collect specimens for free until she started StemExpress and began offering payments for collection.
That seems to have changed profoundly because Dyer now charges that ABR pays an “advisor fee” to abortion clinic board members in order to have exclusive access to aborted fetal baby parts. Moreover, according to documents provided by the Center for Medical Progress, ABR now pays $340 per second trimester specimen.
According to CMP, “ABR is the oldest baby-parts company in the U.S., founded in 1989 by Linda Tracy. For twenty-six years they have partnered with multiple Planned Parenthood affiliates to harvest fetal tissue to sell for experimentation.”
In conversation with an investigator posing as a representative of a start-up procurement company, Dr. Katherine Sheehan, long time medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, is on camera explaining “We have already a relationship with ABR. We’ve been using them for over 10 years, really a long time, just kind of renegotiated the contract.”
Perrin Larton, a procurement manager at ABR, is captured on tape explaining that her company has staff on site at abortion clinics so that once the abortionist has determined all parts of the baby are out of the mother, ABR technicians can then harvest the organs to ship back to ABR for resale to research facilities. This would seem to contradict the repeated assertion made by Planned Parenthood that they only ever recoup their costs for harvesting, storage and transmittal of baby parts. Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood CEO, repeated that assertion in her letter to Congress attacking CMP and its founder David Daleiden.
In his letter to Congress yesterday, CMP founder David Daleiden said that ABR has personnel on site to harvest and transport baby parts was “prima facie evidence” that Planned Parenthood broke the law in charging a profit for the sale of human body parts. The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to ten years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000.
Daleiden urged Congress to subpoena the records of Planned Parenthood ABR going back years in order to show that Planned Parenthood clinics actually make money off of the sale of aborted baby parts.
ABR’s Larton also talks about what sounds like live-birth abortions. She says, the point is not to have live births, though “I literally have had women come in and they’ll go in the OR, and they’re back out in 3 minutes, and I’m going ‘what’s going on?’ Oh yeah, the fetus was already in the vaginal birth canal. Whenever we put her in the stirrups, it just fell out.”
She complains about that some abortionists do not seem to know the value of baby parts because of their rough treatment of valuable organs. “The abdomen is always ripped open…everything will just get ripped up, you know. Whenever we have a smooth portion of liver, we think that’s good,” she says. She says such treatment of organs “pisses her off.”
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