20/20 Exposes Trafficking In Fetal Body Parts.The smoldering smol·der also smoul·der
intr.v. smol·dered, smol·der·ing, smol·ders
1. To burn with little smoke and no flame.
2. controversy over the harvesting of fetal body parts burst into flames March 8 when ABC's 20/20 cast new light on the shadowy world of abortion clinics, body part "procurers," and researchers.
"A three-month 20/20 investigation has uncovered an industry in which tissue and organs from aborted a·bort
v. a·bort·ed, a·bort·ing, a·borts
1. To give birth prematurely or before term; miscarry.
2. To cease growth before full development or maturation.
3. fetuses, donated to help medical research, are being marketed for hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars," the program said in a press release.
Included in the episode is a recapitulation recapitulation, theory, stated as the biogenetic law by E. H. Haeckel, that the embryological development of the individual repeats the stages in the evolutionary development of the species. of the prices charged for fetal spinal cords, brains, hearts, livers, and reproductive organs Reproductive organs
The group of organs (including the testes, ovaries, and uterus) whose purpose is to produce a new individual and continue the species.
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The casual air in which commerce in fetal organs was discussed by one "middle man" almost defies imagination. Dr. Miles Jones Miles Jones (Born 17 December 1987) is a English-Barbadian international footballer currently playing for Hayes & Yeading United F.C. in the Blue Square South.
Miles Jones started his career at Brentford F.C. discussed brains, kidneys, hearts, and livers as he munched "lobster bisque bisque 1
a. A rich, creamy soup made from meat, fish, or shellfish.
b. A thick cream soup made of puréed vegetables.
2. Ice cream mixed with crushed macaroons or nuts. and roast duck," 20/20 reported.
Ethicist eth·i·cist also e·thi·cian
A specialist in ethics.
Noun 1. ethicist - a philosopher who specializes in ethics
philosopher - a specialist in philosophy Arthur Caplan Arthur L. Caplan PhD, is Emanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Penn in 1994, Caplan taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. , no friend to the pro-life movement, told 20/20 that "It's trading in body parts. There's no doubt about it." Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics bioethics, in philosophy, a branch of ethics concerned with issues surrounding health care and the biological sciences. These issues include the morality of abortion, euthanasia, in vitro fertilization, and organ transplants (see transplantation, medical). , added, "It's a sleazy slea·zy
adj. slea·zi·er, slea·zi·est
a. Shabby, dirty, and vulgar; tawdry: "sleazy storefronts with torn industrial carpeting and dirt on the walls" business."
20/20's thorough investigation lent further credibility to calls for further investigation of how body parts of aborted infants are obtained from abortion clinics. Questions surround the issues of profit, consent, and the modification of abortion techniques when fetal body parts are sought.
For example, in a hidden-camera interview with Jones, a Missouri pathologist, Jones asserts that his company, Opening Lines, routinely makes large profits. Under relevant federal law, only "reasonable payments" are to be allowed.
That same interview revealed that Jones believes that by using legal "mumbo jumbo mum·bo jum·bo or mum·bo-jum·bo
n. pl. mum·bo jum·bos
1. Unintelligible or incomprehensible language; gibberish.
2. Language or ritualistic activity intended to confuse.
3. " it is easy to get women to "consent" to having their aborted babies used in medical experimentation.
In addition, in a 20/20 interview with James Bardsley of the Maryland-based Anatomic Gift Foundation, there is a strong suggestion that a different abortion technique than usual is used when there is an attempt to harvest tissues and whole organs.
Or, as 20/20 put it on its web site, "[T]here is evidence that companies may be violating the law, by openly trafficking fetal body parts, influencing consent to donate and modifying abortion procedures."
One of the most pivotal considerations in the ongoing debate is the assertion that companies are selling the organs of aborted children at a profit. This is supposed to be impermissible im·per·mis·si·ble
Not permitted; not permissible: impermissible behavior.
im . To understand why profiteering prof·it·eer
One who makes excessive profits on goods in short supply.
intr.v. prof·it·eered, prof·it·eer·ing, prof·it·eers
To make excessive profits on goods in short supply. is taking place anyway requires some background.
Federal dollars did not pay for fetal tissue harvesting or research during the pro-life Bush Administration. However, in January 1993 - - on the third day of his new administration - - pro-abortion President Bill Clinton ended the ban. Later that same year Congress passed legislation to govern the sale of tissues and organs taken from aborted babies.
Proponents pooh-poohed critics' concerns, insisting that a market in fetal organs could never emerge. The National Journal, which ran a comprehensive piece on the whole controversy in its February 26, 2000, edition, quoted pro-abortion militant Congressman Henry Waxman Henry Arnold Waxman (born September 12, 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is an American politician. He has represented California's At-large congressional district (map) in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1975. (D-Ca.), who said in 1993, "It would be abhorrent ab·hor·rent
1. Disgusting, loathsome, or repellent.
2. Feeling repugnance or loathing.
3. Archaic Being strongly opposed. to allow the sale of fetal tissue and a market to be established for that sale."
Part of the 1993 legislation [Public Law 103-43] says unambiguously that "it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration." However, there is an escape hatch Noun 1. escape hatch - hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency
aeroplane, airplane, plane - an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets; "the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane" : "The term `valuable consideration' does not include reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue." The law does not define "reasonable."
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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
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Because the sale of human tissue or body parts is prohibited by federal law, the traffickers have worked out an arrangement to expedite the process from which they all benefit and still remain within current interpretations of the law. For instance, the harvesters receive the fetal material as a "donation" from the abortion clinic. In return, the clinic is paid a "site fee" for rental of lab space where technicians, employed by the harvesters, perform as many dissections as necessary to fill researcher manifests. The harvesters then "donate" the body parts to the researchers and, rather than pay the harvesters for the actual body parts, "donate" the cost of the retrieval (a service) via a formal price list.
The fiction is that under this mutually acceptable agreement, no laws are broken: No body parts from aborted fetuses are sold. In nearly all cases, the entire fetus is not needed. Rather, the fetus is dissected dis·sect·ed
1. Botany Divided into many deep, narrow segments: dissected leaves.
2. Geology Cut by irregular valleys and hills.
Adj. 1. and the parts shipped to either the private corporation, university, or government agency where the research is being conducted. Any remaining skin, tissue, bones, or organs are ground up in the sink disposal or incinerated.
Just how this plays out in Jones's business became clear in the 20/20 interview. Jones was extremely candid, thinking he was talking with potential investor. In fact, he was actually talking with a 20/20 producer.
How does Jones set his price? "It's market forces," he said to the "investor," adding, "It's what you can sell it for."
20/20 said that Jones told them he paid "just $50 plus overhead" for an average "specimen," but that "he charges an average of $250." In fact, by selling different body organs, Jones told 20/20 that he can make up to $2,500 on a single fetus.
Jones has ambitions to become both supplier and middle man. "He says he hopes to run his own abortion clinic in Mexico where he says he could get a get a greater supply of fetal tissue by offering cheaper abortion," 20/20 said. `If you control the flow - - it's probably the equivalent of the invention of the assembly line,' " Jones said.
Then there is the issue of getting consent from the mother. According to 20/20, "Some of the most troubling evidence we found came from our undercover conversation with Dr. Jones. Here he explains how easy it is to talk a woman into donating a fetus."
You can do something that's got all the legal mumbo-jumbo in it and they'll sign it anyway. If you have someone trained to ask properly, you can get 80, 90 percent consent rates.
20/20 also interviewed a former rival, James Bardsley of the Anatomic Gift Foundation (AGF AGF Assurances Générales de France
AGF Army Ground Forces
AGF American Growth Fund (mutual fund)
AGF American General Finance
AGF Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Grossforschungseinrichtungen
AGF Anatomic Gift Foundation
AGF Assume Good Faith ), who was asked if "AGF ever encourage[s] doctors to alter the way they did abortions to get specimens?"
His first response was to say that would be "illegal." 20/20 then pointed out that one abortion clinic with whom AGF formerly did business ordinarily used a suction suction /suc·tion/ (suk´shun) aspiration of gas or fluid by mechanical means.
post-tussive suction a sucking sound heard over a lung cavity just after a cough. machine to perform "early abortions," but allegedly used a special syringe when the baby's body parts were being harvested.
"[W]asn't AGF supplying those special syringes to get better tissue?" 20/20 asked.
After a pause, Bardsley replied, "That's - - that's - - that's the logical conclusion you would draw." But he then added, "I don't believe that was altering the abortion technique."
[Bardsley later sent a letter to 20/20 saying that the clinic "already used syringes and that AGF provided special ones just to keep tissue sterile."]
The National Journal article, cited on page 4, also included an interview with Dr. Curt Freed, who has performed many transplants using fetal brain tissue. "He said he has acquired 1,000 specimens of brain tissue from fetuses seven weeks to eight weeks old," according to the National Journal. "The fetus had been aborted using 10-millimeter tubes called cannula cannula /can·nu·la/ (kan´u-lah) a tube for insertion into a vessel, duct, or cavity; during insertion its lumen is usually occupied by a trocar.
can·nu·la or can·u·la
n. pl. , he said, which are wide enough to allow useable tissue to be recovered from 1 in 10 abortions."
The trouble is that leading abortionists say such abortions should be performed using a thinner tube. The bigger tubes "would hurt more...and it would increase risk" to the patient, according to the president of the National Abortion Federation The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is an organization of abortion providers. Though originally a U.S. group, NAF has expanded to include practitioners in Canada and Australia as well as many European countries. , Dr. Suzanne Poppema. Poppema told the National Journal, "I don't do "I Don't Do" was the debut single by glamour model Michelle Marsh, released on 6 November 2006. The single reached 27 in the UK in its first week, selling only 9,000 copies and over 16,000 copies as of January 2007. The single spend a total of four weeks in the Top 75. it that way, and I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
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The same article pointed out, however, that if the "narrower tube recommended" by the leading abortionists were used, "it would have been exceedingly difficult or impossible to find undamaged brain tissue."
As the program drew to a close, co-host Charles Gibson
Charles "Charlie" Dewolf Gibson asked correspondent Chris Wallace, "Chris, if there are laws on the books on this subject, why is it still going on? Why hasn't something been done?"
Wallace answered, "It's a question we kept asking in this investigation. We couldn't find anyone in the federal government enforcing those laws."
On March 9, the day after the 20/20 broadcast, the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the House Commerce Committee heard testimony from several witnesses on the subject, "Fetal Tissue: Is It Being Bought and Sold in Violation of Federal Law?"
The subcommittee had subpoenaed Dr. Jones, the head of Opening Lines, Inc., but Jones did not respond to the subpoena subpoena (səpē`nə) [Lat.,=under penalty], in law, an order to a witness to appear before a court. A subpoena ad testificandum [Lat. . The subcommittee immediately voted unanimously to recommend that Jones be cited for contempt of Congress Noun 1. contempt of Congress - deliberate obstruction of the operation of the federal legislative branch
contempt - a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body - - a move that must be ratified by the full House.
The subcommittee had also scheduled voluntary testimony by officials of the Anatomic Gift Foundation (AGF), the Maryland-based firm that sells fetal tissue, but no such official appeared.
The subcommittee did receive testimony from Dean Alberty, a medical technician who had previously harvested tissue and organs for Opening Lines and AGF, and who had appeared in the 20/20 broadcast. Alberty's claims had earlier been featured in materials widely circulated by Life Dynamics Inc., a Texas-based group. [Life Dynamics is not affiliated with Texas Right to Life, which is the Texas affiliate of National Right to Life.]
In his opening statement to the subcommittee, Alberty said he'd had a change of heart about his work because of being presented with the results of "late term abortions." He spoke of "seeing their eyes looking at you as you cut through their skull to extract their brains," "cutting open their chest cavity only to see a beating heart," and "watching two twins in a metal pan covered with blood, moving and breathing."
However, the panel was not impressed with Alberty's credibility. Some lawmakers read from a sworn affidavit signed by Alberty in January as part of a legal settlement with the Anatomic Gift Foundation, in which he cast doubt on the reliability of a Life Dynamics videotape in which he appeared disguised as a woman called "Kelly."
"Life Dynamics may have changed some of my answers and it is possible that Life Dynamics substituted another person in my place in portions of the videotape as it has been circulated," Alberty said in the affidavit. "Based on the small portion of the videotape that I have seen, I do not know if the videotape is reliable or correct."
Asked by a congressman why his sworn statement differed from what he'd said in the Life Dynamics video, Alberty responded, "When I was under oath I told the truth... . Anything I said on a video when I was not under oath, that's a different story." Alberty also said that some of his statements to Life Dynamics were made because he thought "that's what they wanted to hear." Alberty was reportedly paid $10,000 by Life Dynamics, plus over $11,000 in expenses.
Steve Schmidt, a spokesman for Republicans on the Commerce Committee, afterwards told the press, "Not only has his [Alberty's] credibility been shattered, but so has the credibility of Life Dynamics."
But the doubt cast on Alberty's credibility "does not mitigate the fact it appears there is a trafficking of tissue parts in violation of federal law," Schmidt said.
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Naval Research Laboratory News deadline, it was unclear what direction the subcommittee's investigation would take in the future. It appears that pro-abortion members of the panel would prefer to focus entirely on the activities of Dr. Jones, but some other members believe that a broader look at trafficking in fetal organ harvesting Organ harvesting is the removal, retention and use of human organs and tissue to be used in transplants. See also
In addition, on March 11, a spokesman for the Kansas City, Missouri Kansas City is the largest city in the state of Missouri. It encompasses parts of Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte counties and is the anchor city of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, the second largest in Missouri, which includes counties in both Missouri and Kansas. , office of the FBI told Reuters, "We are investigating possible criminal violations in the marketing of fetal tissue to determine if there is a violation of federal criminal law."
in full American Broadcasting Co.
Major U.S. television network. It began when the expanding national radio network NBC split into the separate Red and Blue networks in 1928. 20/20 chief correspondent Chris Wallace told the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, "He [Alberty] said under oath that everything he told `20/20' was the truth... . [W]e believe that parts of his story were true and we believe that because we were able to verify them with other sources."
"The bottom line is that we absolutely stand by every point we made in our stories," Wallace said.
A Real Audio recording of the entire hearing (which exceeds five hours) is available on the internet at the website of the House Commerce Committee, www.house.gov/commerce.
No Mincing Words
From the February 26, 2000, edition of National Journal
"Medical researchers don't just order `fetal tissue' from providers - - they order arm bones, leg bones, livers, spleens, whole eyes and other organs. And, despite a congressional prohibition against a money-making marketplace for fetal tissue, there are indications that just such a marketplace has developed - - that companies are selling fetal parts for a profit. ...
"[M]edical researchers don't mince words when placing orders from abortion clinics.
`Arm bones [humeri] must accompany the leg bones [femurs and tibias],' says an order for three to five bones, plus livers, spleens, and thymuses from fetuses older than 18 weeks. The order came from SyStemix Inc., a Palo Alto Palo Alto, city, California
Palo Alto (păl`ō ăl`tō), city (1990 pop. 55,900), Santa Clara co., W Calif.; inc. 1894. Although primarily residential, Palo Alto has aerospace, electronics, and advanced research industries. , Calif., subsidiary of Novartis of Switzerland. The order forms also include many requests from universities, including a request for `whole eyes, 13-20 weeks, 1-2 per donor, fresh' from the Tulane University School of Medicine History
Founded in 1834, Tulane University School of Medicine is the 15th oldest medical school in the United States. Today the medical school is but one part of the Tulane University Health Sciences Center, which includes the School of Medicine, the Tulane University Hospital , which was researching eye surgery.
"The price list offered by tissue broker Opening Lines, in West Frankfort, Ill., was similarly straightforward: `Brain [younger than] 8 weeks 30% discount if significantly fragmented $999...Eyes [older than] 8 weeks 40% discount for single eye $50. ...Prices in effect through December 31, 1999.' Anatomic Gift Foundation, in Laurel, Md., charged a flat fee of $90 for every organ or slice of tissue taken during a second-trimester abortion, or $220 for those taken from a fetus 6 weeks to 12 weeks old.">EN