Blood Money

Quelle surprise! but it would seem that Planned Parenthood's assertion that there is no profit being made on "donated" body parts may be a half-truth.

And by "half-truth," I mean "lie."

In other words, the organs, arms, legs, muscle, etc, cannot be ‘sold.’ Only fees related to processing and transportation can be charged. This is what Planned Parenthood alleges, but is it true?

Almost certainly not.

ABC’s 20/20 reported the use of ‘middle men’ who created a facade of profit-free transactions (see transcript in the amicus brief above). The Anatomic Gift Foundation, Inc, and Opening Lines (Illinois, now defunct) were reported as two such middle-men. If the fetus or fetal tissue were ‘donated’ by the patient, then the middle man ‘sold’ the tissue to a lab for someone approximating cost recovery, no ‘valuable consideration’ was paid. Middle-man pays the Planned Parenthood clinic (and other clinics) a transportation, process, quality control fee. The lab on the other end pays the middle man for the same process.

But no one does anything for free. This includes the middle-man, and it includes Planned Parenthood.
One of the modern, fast-growing ‘middle-man’ companies is StemExpress. This California based ‘bio-medical company…provides qualified research laboratories with human cells, fluids, blood and tissue products [including fetal tissue and organs].’ StemExpress is involved with Planned Parenthood as a purchaser of these materials.

Last week, Ed Stetzer’s Exchange blog posted a copy of the brochure StemExpress uses to promote itself. On the front page they assert using their service is ‘financially profitable’ to clinics. The second page includes a glowing recommendation from Dr. Dorothy Furgerson, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. The third page encourages joining ‘the StemExpress partner program that fiscally rewards clinics.’ A sub-head in the brochure brags of ‘Financial Profits’ followed by ‘providing a financial benefit to your clinic’ and ‘contributing to the fiscal growth of your own clinic.’ It’s a sales pitch to increase revenue. Reimbursed shipping and processing costs are not fiscal rewards. Those things do not add to a clinic’s profitability.

The clinics make a profit off ‘donated’ tissue. Does the middle-man? You bet.

In the video with Dr. Deborah Nucatola, StemExpress is specifically mentioned as a partner. Numbers like $50 and $100 for various organs are mentioned in both videos. That represents the amount paid by the middle-men to the clinics. But, what kind of ‘reimbursement and transportation’ costs are made by companies like StemExpress? It can be substantial: up to $2,945 for fetal bone marrow. That is, if you still believe no ‘valuable consideration’ is involved.

It looks like StemExpress could, in theory, pay a hundred or so bucks for a whole organ, then mete it out by cells for thousands of dollars per sale.

Not a bad haul for donations.

Check out the full post at Marty Duren's Kingdom in the Midst blog. I don't know anything else about the man, but this blog post is solid.

Two days ago, the Center for Medical Progress released a second video of their actors posing as "Specimen Procurement" and discussing a potential business relationship with Planned Parenthood. This time the meeting was with Dr. Mary Gatter, the Medical Directors' Council President for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Is that a hint of disgust I see in Dr. Gatter's responses? Could some human part of her, deep down, be communicating her latent distaste for those who traffic in mulched humans? Or, more likely, is it simply the contempt she feels for those who aren't initiate in her damned cult of death?

All this talk of whether PPFA is profiting or not is, to me, not the real crux of the issue. PPFA and their supporters are attempting to reframe and take back the narrative before it's too late. Too late for what? They know that the American people are still not truly aware of the extent to which fetal tissues are used in their research, in their cosmetics, in their vaccines, and in their food. PPFA and their affiliated tissue peddlers are afraid that so much light will shine on the issue of fetal harvesting that even those Americans that make maintaining ignorance an art form will not be able to continue with their heads in the sand. They'll see the bloody machine for what it is.