11 Quick Takeaways from House Hearing on Aborted Baby Parts Trafficking
(The Federalist.com) Abortion clinics and the businesses that purchase aborted baby parts likely conspired to violate federal laws against fetal human organ trafficking, expert witnesses at a House hearing recently testified. Evidence of a widespread market for unborn baby parts was introduced at a testy hearing of the House Select Panel on Infant Lives
. There are 11 big takeaways from the hearing chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, (R-TN). Highlighted below is #3:
#3) Abortion Clinics Arenâ€™t Incurring Costs
Federal law permits payment for reasonable costs associated with the procurement of aborted baby parts. But under the business model being investigated, the procurement business sends its own technician into an abortion clinic to do the work of securing the human organs. The costs are incurred by the procurement business, but the abortion clinic still gets paid money.
â€œEvery conceivable task is performed by the procurement business employeesâ€ and not abortion clinic staff, according to committee staff presenting information from one procurement business. The customer places an order for tissue; the order is posted for a procurement technician to see; the technician reviews the medical files of women and girls who have abortions scheduled for the day; the technician informs the clinic about tissues needed for orders; the technician obtains consent from patients based on gestation and order data; the technician procures the body parts requested; the technician packages and ships the tissue to the customer; the technician records invoices for the clinic; and, finally, the middleman pays the clinic per tissue sample.
This business model might explain why Planned Parenthood announced in October that it would no longer accept money for aborted baby parts. To accept money, when there are no reasonable costs associated with providing the parts, would be a clear violation of the law
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