The human trafficking of aborted infants and their body parts for commercial and experimental gain shocks the conscience and horrifies Americans across the political spectrum. It sheds heartbreaking, clarifying light on the true meaning of state-sponsored, industrial-scale abortion in our country. The hearts, lungs, livers, and brains of aborted infants are only valuable for Planned Parenthood to sell or the National Institutes of Health to buy precisely because they are human beings just like us.
I started the Center for Medical Progress as a nonprofit investigative reporting and citizen journalism organization to monitor and report on bioethical issues that impact human dignity. My work is best known for the 2015 undercover video series which documented Planned Parenthood’s highest-level leadership callously negotiating the harvesting and sale of aborted fetal body parts. This reporting exposed illegal transfers of aborted human fetal tissue in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 289g-2. It involved coercion and abuse of pregnant patients through violations of informed consent laws, the use of illegal partial-birth abortions, and even infanticide in the trafficking of later gestation human fetuses for experimental use.
My undercover videos with Planned Parenthood leadership identified the criminal companies DaVinci Biosciences and DV Biologics, who pleaded guilty to illegally selling human fetal tissue for valuable consideration from abortions at Planned Parenthood in southern California. Those two companies were shut down in a $7.8 million settlement with the Orange County district attorney. The district attorney credited my reporting with prompting the successful prosecution.
The undercover videos also established violations of medical ethics and standards at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Texas, which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit described as a willingness to use illegal partial-birth abortions to sell fetal body parts.
The videos galvanized advocacy for new regulatory reforms and increased public scrutiny of government-funded experiments on aborted infants. Congressional investigations in the Senate Judiciary Committee and House Select Investigative Panel issued dozens of criminal and regulatory referrals for Planned Parenthood and its business partners, leading to a multi-state FBI and U.S. Department of Justice criminal investigation that sources say remains open.
Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood and its allies have been furious at this level of exposure and have retaliated viciously. Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation filed combined federal civil lawsuits against me in San Francisco in front of Judge William Orrick III, who helped open, run, and fund a Planned Parenthood abortion referral clinic. Orrick’s clinic sent pregnant women to the very harvesting clinics my videos exposed — yet he refused to recuse himself. He orchestrated a $16 million judgment for Planned Parenthood and an injunction against the release of damning undercover footage from the NAF trade shows.
Meanwhile, as attorney general of California, Vice President Kamala Harris had my home raided to seize the videos, my means of publishing, and my attorney-client privileged communications — all of which her office appears to have immediately turned over to Planned Parenthood and NAF to help them win their civil lawsuits.
These cases are now trudging towards appeal under the weight of their own overreaches and contradictions. But the more we learn, it increasingly seems like Planned Parenthood, NAF, and Kamala Harris’ abuses of power were not just about silencing me. They were also about obstruction of justice in fetal trafficking crimes.
Fetal trafficking and experimentation sadly did not end after my videos. The NIAID’s Dr. Anthony Fauci is responsible for nearly 60 percent of the NIH’s funding of fetal experimentation. Recently, NIAID-funded scientists at the University of Pittsburgh took scalps off the heads of 5-month-old aborted infants and stitched them onto the backs of lab rats to keep them growing for drug testing. You can actually see tiny baby hairs growing on the scalps on the lab rats. Last month, the Center for Medical Progress began reporting on the university’s NIH application to become a “distribution hub” for 6-month-old aborted fetal kidneys. The university advertised it would use labor induction abortions to get the body parts and “minimize” the time without blood circulation to the kidneys, recording the precise moment blood flow was lost. These are either partial-birth abortions or infanticide.
And hotbeds for fetal experimentation like the University of Pittsburgh, the University of California–San Francisco, and the University of California–San Diego often double as abortion training sites. They have deeply enmeshed affiliations with the biggest Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, whose providers and facilities frequently provide the fetuses.
Even if the injustice of fetal trafficking has not gone away, reporting on it is amplifying the resounding clarion call for justice for the vulnerable women and infants that abortion preys upon. The Supreme Court is now addressing Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the face of so many indisputable facts about the humanity of infants in the womb. States like Texas demonstrate our great awakening to these civilizational imperatives.
If a baby is human enough to be sold for body parts for experimentation, he or she is human enough to be protected by law.
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