If “fetal tissue” is the woman’s right to destroy, should she not be reimbursed for the parts of the baby that are sold? Would it not make sense that the body of the destroyed baby belongs to the mother and therefore she should be paid for giving these body parts to the clinic or at the very least offset the cost of the surgical procedure of the abortion? If a body part is good enough to harvest and sell, dead, then how is it not of more value intact and alive? Why is there more value in piecing out a baby’s body, then in the infinite value of a living child? But wait, it is ILLEGAL to sell body parts, not to mention IMMORAL.
The much talked about undercover video produced by Center for Medical Progress interviewed Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services, over lunch. She shared the need for these body parts in medical research. She is heard on the video saying, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact…” She also discusses the estimated dollar amounts for various body parts, admitting the illegality of selling parts, yet also seemingly looking for reasons to get around the law.
It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human organ for valuable consideration for use in human transplantation if the transfer affects interstate commerce. The preceding sentence does not apply with respect to human organ paired donation.
Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section shall be fined not more than $50,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
For purposes of subsection (a) of this section:
(1) The term “human organ” means the human (including fetal) kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, bone marrow, cornea, eye, bone, and skin or any subpart thereof and any other human organ (or any subpart thereof, including that derived from a fetus) specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services by regulation.
Planned Parenthood’s rebuttal statement was as follows:
“In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, treatments and cures for serious diseases. Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different. At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does — with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards. There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or Planned Parenthood. In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field. A well-funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned Parenthood’s mission and services has promoted a heavily edited, secretly recorded videotape that falsely portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research. Similar false accusations have been put forth by opponents of abortion services for decades. These groups have been widely discredited and their claims fall apart on closer examination, just as they do in this case.”
The full video, unedited can be seen here.
The Center for Medical Progress edited the video to get across their message, that baby body parts are for sale for “scientific research”. Whether one disagrees with their method of procurement of this video dims in light of the greater question of morality. What is more immoral, the undercover nature and editing of this video, the “entrapment”, or the sale of aborted baby body parts?