A remarkable video has surfaced, dating from the year 2000, which exposes how companies, some of which held contracts with Planned Parenthood clinics, have been profiteering from selling aborted baby tissue and organs for at least the last 15 years.
The video report was part of an investigation conducted by Chris Wallace, then with ABC News show 20/20. It revealed that a “hidden camera investigation has found a thriving industry, in which aborted fetuses women donate to help medical research are being marketed for hundreds – even thousands of dollars.”
In footage startlingly similar to that recently released by the Center For Medical Progress, Dr. Miles Jones, a pathologist who had a bio-medical company called ‘Opening Lines’, is seen explaining his role in the business of selling human fetuses to two undercover journalists, all the while scoffing down lobster bisque and roast duck.
Jones revealed that on average a fetal tissue sample or organ would cost “just $50, plus overhead – but that he charges an average of $250. The law only talks about recovering costs. But on a single fetus, Jones said he can make $2,500.”
Jones even brags about operation as a “golden goose,” adding that “you can certainly keep it well-fed, and it will lay lots of eggs for you.”
Then-president of Planned Parenthood, Gloria Feldt, stated in the report that companies profiting from abortions are “totally inappropriate.”
“Where there is wrongdoing, it should be prosecuted; and people who are doing that kind of thing should be brought to justice.” Feldt noted.
Feldt either didn’t know Planned Parenthood was involved in the trade, or was covering up that fact, given that shortly after Wallace’s report was aired, National Right to Life reported that Planned Parenthood actively “supported the harvesting of baby parts for research and had at least one clinic that helped supply aborted babies to firms featured in Wallace’s 20/20 report.” It was later confirmed that Jones “held a contract with Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri to dispose of the clinic’s fetal tissue.”
The 20/20 report also featured two whistleblowers, one from Jones’ company and another from a similar firm that bought aborted tissue and organs. The first whistleblower, Dean Alberty, claimed that “abortions were altered to get better tissue,” an illegal practice that is at the heart of the debate over the current Planned Parenthood exposé.
Alberty noted that a “clinic in Overland Park, Kansas normally did early abortions with a suction machine. But when the fetus was being donated….[a] special syringe was used – which experts say puts women through longer, more uncomfortable abortions.”
The second whistleblower, Ross Capps of the Anatomic Gift Foundation, stated that “women donating fetuses were given different abortions,” using “special” syringes provided exclusively to help keep aborted organs intact.
Also interviewed for the piece was bioethicist Arthur Caplan, who charged that Dr. Jones was “trading in body parts.” urging that “it’s flat-out buying and selling, It’s flat-out profiteering. It’s flat-out saying, ‘I’m going to charge you whatever you’re going to pay me.'”
It consequently appears highly strange that Caplan held this view fifteen years ago, yet today it appears he has done a total 180 on the matter, defending Planned Parenthood, and describing the CMP’s efforts to expose the organisation as “water torture is to maximize political impact.”
@WSJ This would be Arthur Caplan, who holds the Mengele Chair of Medical Ethics and Infanticide at New York University School of Medicine.
— MadWolfJohn (@MadWolfJohn) August 5, 2015
Dr. Jones eventually went to prison, but on completely unrelated tax evasion charges. He subsequently died in 2013.
Essentially, NOTHING was done, the 20/20 report was swept under the rug, and the harvesting trade continues to this very day.
This highlights why the Center for Medical Progress is absolutely justified in keeping the issue in the news by drip feeding the material they have procured, releasing videos on a weekly basis, despite the charge by Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards, and Dr Caplan, who has certainly changed his tune on this issue, that the CMP is playing politics.
"If you’re concerned about what’s going on, you should release all at once. Leaking one at a time, that’s politics." http://t.co/1Zp8Lam7eA
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) August 5, 2015
H/T – Newsbusters.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.