Democrats: Fetal tissue profit proof is fake

Abortion | Abortion supporters on House panel investigating sale of baby body parts try to dismiss evidence of illegal activity
by Evan Wilt
Posted 4/20/16, 05:12 pm

WASHINGTON—Republicans marched into today’s meeting of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives armed with new evidence of businesses profiteering from aborted baby body parts. Rather than address the allegations, Democrats continued attempts to discredit the investigation by dismissing the evidence as fake.

Democratic committee members tried to curtail the hearing before it even started, raising numerous procedural and technical objections. They claimed panel staff members altered the documents used during the hearing to paint a misleading picture.

Committee Chairwoman Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., had to quash motions to throw out evidence before she could even read her opening statement. But Blackburn and other Republican members insisted they are following the facts and will continue to dig for the truth about the fetal tissue procurement industry.

“You do not have to be a lawyer to see what’s going on here,” Blackburn said after summarizing the new evidence, made available yesterday. “This does not sound to me like tissue donation for research—this sounds like someone who wants to make money, a lot of money, selling baby body parts.”

Republicans presented a paper-trail from an anonymous business, which Democrats claim is StemExpress, that shows it violated the non-profit model Congress set up in 1993 for the provision of fetal tissue to researchers.

The new exhibits showed profits between 300 and 400 percent made by middleman businesses from the sale of baby organs harvested from abortion centers. During the hearing, committee members showed screen grabs of the company’s website, which allowed customers to purchase the baby parts they wanted from specific gestational periods.

“For crying out loud, this is the of baby body parts,” said Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., after going through the details of the website. “This is absolutely repulsive.”

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., one of the hearing’s witnesses, told the committee everyone, regardless of their opinion on abortion, should question a website containing a drop-down menu listing every organ of a baby’s body for sale.

“Our disagreement over abortion will sometimes be heated, but wherever possible, we should look for consensus,” he said. “Babies are not the sum of their body parts. Babies are not meant to be bought. Babies are not meant to be sold.”

But Democrats did not budge, insisting StemExpress and other companies have done no wrong and are providing labs with priceless specimens for life-saving research.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., called the Republican-controlled committee a kangaroo court—basing arguments on stolen and misleading documents intending to end all fetal tissue research.

“Perhaps we should change the name of the committee to ‘the select investigative panel on stopping research and letting people die,’” Speier said. “This hearing belongs in a bad episode of House of Cards. I’m sure Frank Underwood is hiding somewhere.”

Democrats produced a letter from StemExpress that claims the documents are inauthentic and accuses David Daleiden and the Center for Medial Progress of feeding Republicans false information.

Blackburn denied claims any of the information presented during the hearing came from Daleiden. She said all materials came from the committee’s own investigation. Republicans plan to continue digging for information, with the goal of presenting the findings to Congress by the end of the year.

During a post-hearing press conference, Democratic committee members said they agree no one should profit from the sale of fetal tissue. But they claimed biased Republicans are overstepping their authority and pressuring the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation based on suspect evidence.

“I absolutely think it is time to end this witch hunt,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., the panel’s top Democrat. “This is nothing more than an attack on clinics, on scientific research, and women’s access to reproductive rights.”

But the panel’s Republicans are not the only governmental body interested in investigating the abortion and fetal tissue procurement industry.

On Monday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) granted a request from Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and others to audit Planned Parenthood and determine whether the nation’s largest abortion provider should continue to get federal dollars.

“For years Planned Parenthood and their pro-abortion allies have deceived the public on how they spend their taxpayer dollars,” Vitter said. “I suspect the forthcoming GAO report will confirm our fears of Planned Parenthood’s inexcusable misuse of taxpayer dollars for abortion.”

Evan Wilt

Evan is a World Journalism Institute graduate and a former WORLD reporter.

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  •  FreedomInTejas's picture
    Posted: Thu, 04/21/2016 02:17 pm

    There is no limit to the calcification of the human heart. But thanks be to God our Savior, no human is heart beyond His ability to soften and give new life. At least with the cold-hearted we have prayer targets. The lukewarm are under the radar.

  • Zinger
    Posted: Thu, 04/21/2016 02:22 pm

    Sort of reminds me of "Baghdad Bob" shouting that the TV news was fake, that there were no Americans in Iraq while American tanks passed by on the street below.  These Dems are delusional.

  • HayneC
    Posted: Thu, 04/21/2016 02:22 pm

    I don't recall anyone claiming the fetal tissue was making a profit, only that the doctors were and the tissue sales were offsetting losses.  Abortionists are making the profit.

  • socialworker
    Posted: Thu, 04/21/2016 02:22 pm

    Whoa!  Just read it.  Profoundly relevant.

  • Janet B
    Posted: Thu, 04/21/2016 02:22 pm

    Beth, I am grateful for the Ps 94 reference.  It shall be my prayer.

  • Beth
    Posted: Thu, 04/21/2016 02:22 pm

    It's unbelievable the lengths that pro-abortion people, including members of Congress, will go to in order to deny the facts about abortion and the selling of baby parts.  They keep repeating that the videos are fake, edited, discredited even when presented with clear evidence that they are authentic and credible.  Most of those members of Congress have received large sums of money from Planned Parenthood and other abortion supporters.  They have blood on their hands.As a pro-life friend told me while watching this hearing online this morning, Psalm 94 is appropriate as a prayer in these cases.Lord help us - our country has sunk so far.

  • Laneygirl
    Posted: Thu, 04/21/2016 02:22 pm

    People believe what they want to believe and the dead in spirit accept lies they need to cherish. Abortion is their holy grail.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Mon, 05/02/2016 04:23 pm

    When the evil rule a nation then everything falls apart as we are seeing today. Let us be the holy remnant willing to stand no matter the cost. Should we be surprised that the followers of Satan are willing to lie? Is not the devil called the deceiver?

  • dvbcbob
    Posted: Mon, 05/02/2016 04:23 pm

    As believers we must understand that we are not fighting flesh and blood, but powers and principalities. Our omnipotent God is a God of justice and mercy and I believe that He will show mercy to those unborn children satan desires to take with him. Also, money and power are the bottom lines to all worldly powers .It is their reward and they persue it relentlessly. Thus, yes there are profits to be made in fetal parts.

  • Bill Taylor
    Posted: Mon, 05/02/2016 04:23 pm

    Christians need to learn how to wage lawfare against the servants of Satan.  The data the investigating committee has collected would be a good place to start a discovery process.  We can't count on the Republicans in congress to get to the bottom of it - they wouldn't have gotten at the Benghazi emails if Judicial Watch hadn't sued the state department.

  • Laneygirl
    Posted: Mon, 05/02/2016 04:23 pm

    I add my thanks for the PS 94 reminder that God is not inactive because He is currently silent. Our best help in the Body is to direct each other to Scripture for reassurance. Otherwise our heads explode.

  • VSKluth's picture
    Posted: Mon, 05/02/2016 04:23 pm

    Thanks, Beth, for the reference to Psalm 94.  Very relevant.  The Lord isn't neutral about this.