Selling Fetal Tissue, It’s Just Business, Sonny

A second video by the Center for Medical Progress has surfaced showing negotiations between Planned Parenthood abortion doctor and an actor posing as a potential buyer of fetal body parts. The video starts with a statement by Planned Parenthood CEO (daughter of former TX Governor Ann Richards and Claire Underwood lookalike) Cecile Richards adamantly denying the allegation that the group sells body parts. Watch the video and decide for yourself:

If you were still unsure of PP’s motivation after watching the first video discussing the practice, there’s very little doubt after watching the second.

The sale of fetal tissue is illegal under Federal law (42 U.S.C. §289g-2). The Illinois Anatomical Gift Act (755 ILCS 50/) is silent as to the donation of tissue or organs harvested from an abortion. If there’s any protection against this hideous practice, it’s in the Illinois Stem Cell Research Act (P.A. 95-0519), which provides that a person “who knowingly purchases or sells … fetal tissue for research purposes …is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for the first conviction and a Class 4 felony for subsequent convictions.”

The Act does not prohibit the use of fetal tissue from an abortion, it only requires that the person providing the tissue give consent. The Act also provides that “reasonable payment for the removal, processing, disposal, preservation, quality control, storage, transplantation, or implantation of the tissue does not constitute purchase or sale.” But as you can see from the video, there’s actual bargaining going on, which wouldn’t be the case if they were talking about costs of storage and the like.

It’s bad enough to learn that abortionists can manipulate the manner in which an abortion is performed so as to protect organs which have commercial value to the abortionist. Even worse is to learn that outfits like Planned Parenthood are profiting from it.

Planned Parenthood takes Medicaid funds, that’s our money lining their pockets. They may say that no Medicaid funds are used to pay for abortions, but money is a fungible commodity. A dollar received from Medicaid is a dollar from their abortion mills that they don’t need to keep the doors open. That has to stop.

Given these revelations, our legislature needs to launch an immediate inquiry into the practices of Planned Parenthood here in Illinois.

**UPDATE** A third video has now surfaced.

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