Although the Center for Medical Progress’s undercover videos documenting the sale of aborted baby body parts have caused a major outcry, there is evidence that fetal tissue sales are not a new occurrence.
In a One New Now report, Linda Royall, a reporter for The Stream, says that one of the first things Bill Clinton did when he became president in 1993 was to remove moratoriums that were in place to prevent fetal tissue sales.
That, Royall says, is what got the industry going.
In 2009, Royall interviewed a doctor who operated a late-term abortion clinic, who, she reports, asked to remain anonymous, but was very forthcoming with his information on the process of fetal tissue sales.
“He made clear that what is described above is business as usual in the fetal body parts industry in America. Many a child is slaughtered in the womb and then rendered, packaged and brokered to a multitude of industries, whose products and projects comprise the aftermarket for the roughly 1.2 million U.S. abortions annually,” Royall reported.
“It’s big business and getting bigger,” she continued, also commenting on the fact that most people in this industry view it as just that--a business like any other business.
In 2009, the business of fetal tissue sales was an $85 billion industry.
Royall also reported that, prior to 1993 when Clinton repealed the moratorium against fetal tissue sales and research, the only research allowed to be done with fetal tissue was with that obtained from an ectopic pregnancy or from a miscarriage.
The recently released undercover videos are already having an impact on policy, with three states passing measures to defund Planned Parenthood.
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Publication date: August 17, 2015