Actually, the Planned Parenthood Body Parts Business is Likely Very Illegal

plndprnthdThe Center for Medical Progress released an undercover video this week showing Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Deborah Nucatola telling actors posing as potential buyers from a startup biologics company how they can buy fetal body parts from the organization. She dances around the legalities, but drops numerous hints throughout the conversation that Planned Parenthood is not really complying with the law.

It is a federal felony “to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.” (42 U.S. Code 289g) In this context, the term “valuable consideration” means significant profits; it does not include “reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue.” Planned Parenthood’s defense, in essence, is that they’re just charging to cover the costs of transportation, etc. They made this assertion in their official response to the undercover video, claiming that the $30 to $100 offered per fetus in the video was referring to transportation costs, not actual payment for the fetuses.

But the Center for Medical Progress obtained a flyer from StemExpress, LLC, which buys fetus body parts from Planned Parenthood. It clearly references the profitability aspect:

This flyer advertises 4 different times the financial benefit that Planned Parenthood clinics can receive from supplying fetal tissue, with the words: “Financially Profitable,” “Financial Profits,” “financial benefit to your clinic,” “fiscal growth of your own clinic.” The advertisement carries an endorsement from Planned Parenthood Medical Director Dr. Dorothy Furgerson.

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