Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and Fetal Tissue Harvesting
Reasons to Support Defunding Planned Parenthood
Protecting and preserving the sanctity of human life is probably the most significant consideration for conservatives.Â Eugenics and genocide via means of abortion isnâ€™t something any rational conservative is likely to support.
Another reason that could be stated is that the sexual education program promoted through Planned Parenthood and being implemented in many public schools encourages young people to become sexually active (read promiscuous) at a young age.Â Oddly enough, it actually contributes to the increase in abortions in the long run.
Then there are other reasons, such as recent evidence that Planned Parenthood looks the other way when it comes to activities such as sex trafficking of young women.Â We canâ€™t overlook the violation in proper reporting of statutory rape that took place in Kansas (164 cases went unreported), Ohio (the two cases in this report both involved incest), Missouri, and Arizona, just to name a few.
The Health Care Being Provided by Planned Parenthood
What we have been hearing in the last few days is that Planned Parenthood provides badly needed health care services that some people wouldnâ€™t receive otherwise.Â Here are some stats on the â€œhealth careâ€ that Planned Parenthood has provided:
In 2009, PP performed 332,278 abortions, the highest number ever, and an increase of 2.5 percent over 2008.
In 2009 they provided pre-natal services to just 7,021 women.
In 2009, PP made just 977 adoption referrals.
In other words, 97.6 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood are sold abortions while less than 2.4 percent of pregnant women received non-abortion services including adoption and prenatal care.
Despite its protestations that abortion is only a small part of its services, Planned Parenthood has increased its number of abortions for 15 straight years. During that time, it has gone from committing 9.3 percent of all abortions in the United States to committing 27.5 percent.
Public funds, derived from the taxes that are paid by we the people, are used to support Planned Parenthood.Â Public funds are also used to support the Medicaid programs in different states that allow abortion services provided through Planned Parenthood, which means that some of us as taxpayers pay twice for the privilege of killing unborn babies.
But it doesnâ€™t stop there.
Fetal Tissue Harvesting and Research
Even if Republicans manage to defund Planned Parenthood, (which would be huge step in the right direction), conservatives will still have a major battle on our hands regarding abortion in general.Â Fetal tissue harvesting has become a very lucrative industry in this nation.Â In 2008, advertised fetal tissue resale values were roughly $999 for the brain of a fetal child between 22-23 weeks, $150 for skin, $325 for a spinal cord, $550 for reproductive organs, and $75 apiece for eyes.
The National Institute of Health Revitalization Act of 1993 that was signed into law by former President Clinton lifted the moratorium on federally funded research involving transplantation of fetal tissue from spontaneous or induced abortions, leaving an open door for the fetal tissue harvesting industry to skyrocket through the roof.Â Technically, fetus tissue harvesting is illegal, but abortionists, tissue harvesters and researchers have a found a way to get around that little technicality.
Under the Anatomical Gifts Acts of 2006, donation of fetal tissue is considered to be legal if the mother signs a donation release.Â The mother donates the fetal tissue to the abortion clinic.Â The abortion clinic donates the tissue to tissue harvester.Â The tissue harvester pays the abortion clinic a â€œsite feeâ€ to place employees, known as â€œprocurement agentsâ€ who collect various body parts of the aborted babies as soon as the abortion process is finished and ship them to various research facilities. The tissue harvester donates the tissue to a research facility, but bills the research facility a â€œretrieval feeâ€.
The tissue standards of the buyer can be high, requiring that tissue be â€œremoved and preparedâ€¦within 5 minutes after circulation has stopped.â€Â The best means of meeting this requirement is through partial-birth abortions (which advances the babyâ€™s progress through the birth canal before termination of its life takes place) or even full birth with death occurring after the baby leaves the birth canal.Â (Remember Dr. Gosnell?)
This is an ugly, nasty, despicable, vicious industry that supposedly supports â€œwomenâ€™s healthâ€ and â€œscientific advancement in the field of medicineâ€.
Itâ€™s costing us far more than just dollars and cents.
Personal thoughts and a few questions
If conservatives are going to get into this particular battle, then we canâ€™t be naÃ¯ve about what we up against.Â We have to be realistic about the part that fetal tissue harvesting might play in this situation regarding the abortion industry.
Defunding PP is a starting point, but any abortion facility could engage in fetal tissue harvesting activity.Â Weâ€™re talking about a major source of cash flow in this industry.
I oppose abortion, but if we are going to perform abortions in this country, then we should at least demand that it be done safely.Â In response to the situation with Dr. Gosnell, the state of Pennsylvania has implemented new policies that require that abortion clinics be inspected according to the same standards as outpatient facilities.Â This is a proactive measure that could prevent other situations of the same sort from occurring.Â I hope other states will consider reviewing their own policies regarding inspection and standards of abortion facilities.
I donâ€™t know for certain to what extent PP or any other abortion agency may be involved in fetal tissue harvesting.Â But if the abortion agency is acting as a care provider or liaison to a care provider that accepts Medicaid payment for services, wouldnâ€™t this also mean that they would be subject to Anti-Kickback Laws?Â If so, could â€œsite feesâ€ be identified as kickback?