THE FETAL HARVESTING INDUSTRY
-THE FETAL HARVESTING FIRMS
-A THRIVING AND PROFITABLE INDUSTRY
-HOW THE US FETAL HARVESTING INDUSTRY OPERATES
-THE CUSTOMERS OF US FETAL HARVESTING FIRMS
-HARVESTED FETAL “DONORS” MUST BE IN OPTIMAL CONDITION
-LATE TERM FETAL “DONORS” NOT UNCOMMON
-WHAT FETAL HARVESTING FIRMS MARKET
-FRESH FETAL “DONORS” MOST DESIRED
THE FETAL HARVESTING INDUSTRY:
In 1997, “Kelly” - a former fetal harvesting lab technician who worked in an abortion clinic - reported to Life Dynamics, Inc. [a pro life group] on her experiences in the fetal harvesting industry. Life Dynamics conducted a two year undercover investigation and then went public with her testimony and documented evidence of the industry in 1999. (27,28,29,30,31)
THE FETAL HARVESTING FIRMS
At least two US fetal harvesting firms have received recent media attention - AGF (Anatomical Gift Foundation) and Opening Lines. At least one - AGF - is set up as a non-profit organization. These firms collect, prepare and ship harvested fetal remains from abortions. (28,29,30)
A THRIVING AND PROFITABLE INDUSTRY
Opening Lines claims in its literature to fill over 1,500 fetal parts orders per day. (27,29) AGF had revenues of more than $2 million dollars in 1998. (28)
HOW THE US FETAL HARVESTING INDUSTRY OPERATES
In the USA, the US Federal Uniform Anatomic Gift Act has made it illegal to buy or sell fetal remains. (27,29) Violation of this law is a federal felony, carrying penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. (27)
To circumvent this law, US fetal harvesting firms are charged a “site fee” by abortion clinics to cover the costs of allowing fetal harvest lab technicians the use of space at US abortion clinics. The collected fetal remains are then “donated” by the abortion clinics to the fetal harvesting firms. These firms in turn then “donate” the desired fetal remains to clients, who in turn “reimburse” the fetal harvesting firms for their costs of collection and shipping. (27,28,29,30)
THE CUSTOMERS OF US FETAL HARVESTING FIRMS
Clients of US fetal harvesting firms like AGF and Opening Lines are sent overnight to public universities, pharmaceutical firms, and private research laboratories in the US and the world. (27,28)
HARVESTED FETAL “DONORS” MUST BE IN OPTIMAL CONDITION
Such researchers ordering harvested fetal remains make such requests as “normal donor; healthy, no genetic disorder; healthy mother.” (27) One former fetal harvest lab technician reported that at least 90% of the aborted fetus subjects she saw for harvesting appeared to be healthy, “These had to be the most perfect specimens we could give these researchers for the best value.” (28)
LATE TERM FETAL “DONORS” NOT UNCOMMON
One fetal harvest protocol obtained by Life Dynamics from a client reads, “Whole eyes … Fresh, remove eye with as much optic nerve intact as possible. Whole intact Leg, include ENTIRE HIP JOINT, 22-24(-) weeks gest…. Kelly (the same former fetal harvest lab tech) reports she harvested organs from 30 to 40 “late” term fetal subjects per week. (28)
WHAT FETAL HARVESTING FIRMS MARKET
Such fetal harvesting firms market fetal eyes, livers, spleens, pancreases, brains, thymuses, bone marrow, cardiac blood, venous blood from limbs, extremities, spines, spinal cords and kidneys. (27,28,29,30) Thus, one fetal cadaver can be marketed to multiple clients for multiple orders.
One such firm - Opening Lines - markets fetal livers for $150; two fetal limbs for $150; fetal bone marrow for $350; fetal brains for $999 (with a 30% discount if significantly fragmented). (29,27,30) AGF markets fetal livers for $360; fetal hearts for $490; fetal spines for $630. (29)
FRESH FETAL “DONORS” MOST DESIRED
Kelly [again the same fetal harvest lab technician] reports one instance in which a doctor at the abortion clinic where she worked delivered live fetal subjects to her for dissection. She reports the abortion doctor walked into the fetal harvest lab and said to her, "Got you some good specimens. Twins." She reports the pan the doctor carried contained two perfectly formed 24-week-old babies moving and grasping for air. Kelly reports she objected saying, "They are moving. I don’t do this. That’s not in my contract." In response to her objection, the abortion doctor reportedly immediately filled the pan until the mouths and noses of the fetal subjects were covered by water. (29)
Kelly further reported this was not an isolated case, “Sometimes the fetus appeared to be dead, but when you’d open up the chest cavity, you’d see the heart beating… They were coming out alive…with three to four live-births in a typical two-week period.” (28)
Documents of orders obtained from Planned Parenthood abortion clinics by Life Dynamics confirms that clients requested fetal harvesting to be done immediately after fetal death. Such requests stated,
“Whole eyes … Fresh, remove eye with as much optic nerve intact as possible. Whole intact Leg, include ENTIRE HIP JOINT, 22-24(-) weeks gest…. To be removed from fetal cadaver within 10 minutes. The tissue needs to be snap frozen as fresh as possible.” (28)
Life Dynamics uncovered other fetal harvest protocols revealing that clients wanted fetal remains to be collected as soon after fetal death as possible. One request reads, "Tissue should be removed and prepared under aseptic conditions within a maximum of ten minutes after circulation has stopped.” (27) Another request for fetal placenta, liver, heart and lung be dissected "ASAP (within 30 minutes)." (27)
One of Opening Line’s marketing brochures assures clients of "the freshest tissue prepared to your specification and delivered in the quantities you need it." (29)
This paper began in the text “Physiology of Behavior” (8th edition, 2004) by Carlson. (1) The text discusses the long-term failure of treating Parkinson’s disease with the drug L-DOPA - the precursor for dopamine. One emerging possible surgical treatment involves injecting of harvested aborted human fetal dopamine-producing brain tissue into the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients. This raises questions about human fetal neurological development, abortion methods, fetal behavior responses to abortion and the fetal harvesting industry - none of which are covered in the psychobiology text in question. We are left to ponder on our own how a neural-tube-shaped human embryo at 28 days gestation becomes a fully formed, living human infant some time after birth. (1) Thus this paper.
Anatomy and behaviors relevant to human fetal psychobiology in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimesters were briefly listed. Selected pictures of live in utero and aborted human fetus subjects at different ages of pregnancy were noted. The information reviewed strongly suggests that the human fetus begins early in gestation to show clear anatomy and behaviors that are distinctly human.
Selected methods of abortion were briefly reviewed. Several pictures of aborted human fetus subjects were presented. This raised the very relevant question of how the human fetus behaves in response to abortion. Commentary on a real-time ultrasound recorded abortion of a 12-week live fetus - narrated by a well experienced former abortion doctor - was presented. Eye witness testimony at US Congressional hearings of two Registered Nurses - one who witnessed “live birth abortions” and another who witnessed “partial birth abortions” on late 2nd trimester and 3rd trimester fetus subjects was reviewed. Accounts of aborted fetus subjects delivered still alive by abortion doctors to fetal harvesting lab technicians at an abortion clinic was presented. These accounts strongly suggest that human fetal subjects undergoing abortion respond to and suffer from the termination of their lives in a distinctly human manner.
Lastly the US fetal harvesting industry was briefly examined. Human fetal “donors” provide tissues, organs and body parts at US abortion clinics to industry, academic and research facilities across the nation and abroad. Although buying and selling of fetal remains in the US is prohibited by federal law, money changes hands between abortion providers, fetal harvesting firms and recipients of fetal remains. Clients requesting specific fetal remains were shown to prefer later term fetus subjects who are screened for ideal health in which the harvesting is done immediately after fetal death. One aborted human fetus can be marketed for multiple fetal matter to multiple clients. Some aborted human fetal subjects are delivered still alive post abortion at abortion clinics to fetal harvesting labs on the premises. The marketing of aborted fetal dopamine-producing brain tissue for treatment of Parkinson’s disease patients is but one small submarket in this new industry.