While Planned Parenthood Admits Guilt, Government Spends Millions Funding Experiments on Human Fetuses

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Planned Parenthood has been trying to legitimize its “baby-parts-for-money scheme,” but they have just admitted guilt.

In their newest attempt to feed the media misleading buzzwords about what really goes on at Planned Parenthood, President Cecile Richards has released a letter to the National Institutes of Health announcing that their affiliates will no longer be accepting legal reimbursement for the expenses involved in harvesting the baby parts.

However, the Center for Medical Progress—the organization that conducted the undercover research into Planned Parenthood’s activities—points out that “if the money Planned Parenthood has been receiving for baby body parts were truly legitimate ‘reimbursement,’ why cancel it?”

This new development in the case only confirms what the top Planned Parenthood executives told CMP journalists in what they thought were off-the-record conversations: Planned Parenthood doesn’t incur actual costs for harvesting the baby body parts, and payments have always been for profit.

In addition to a full-scale investigation into this highly illegal action, we should be asking why taxpayer money even funds “legal tissue donation” and medical experimentation on baby parts.

According to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) report, the government agency spent $76 million in Human Fetal Tissue-specific grants and nearly $1.4 billion in Stem Cell Research grants—just in 2014. The CMP also notes that these are minimal estimates, since projects under $500,000 may not be reported, as well as instances where research projects using fetal tissue are reported under another category.

The projects that taxpayers are funding with this money include:

  • 2013 and 2014 studies transplanting cells from 17-22 week aborted fetal brains into lab mice
  • Experiments in 2012 using still-beating fetal hearts purchased from StemExpress through NIH grants
  • A 2013 study using normal 24-week fetal eyes “harvested within minutes of death”

Planned Parenthood and their supporters argue that providing baby parts for medical research is a “humanitarian good” and should actually be applauded.  Continue Reading