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AUL says Planned Parenthood Refusal to Forego Harvesting of Infant Body Parts One More Reason to Defund

“Once again, (Cecile) Richards either deliberately or obtusely misses the point. Americans are not merely outraged to learn that Planned Parenthood has turned its abortion profit centers into collection sites for infant body parts, destined for human experimentation, they oppose such inhumanity altogether,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (10-13-15)
— As Planned Parenthood announced its intention to continue to harvest infant body parts in a letter to the National Institutes of Health, Americans United for Life President and CEO made the following statement: “Today’s letter from Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards’ to the National Institutes of Health illustrates a classic dilemma for scandal-ridden companies — it’s not enough to be sorry you were caught, you need to be truly sorry for the actions themselves. Once again, Richards either deliberately or obtusely misses the point. Americans are not merely outraged to learn that Planned Parenthood has turned its abortion profit centers into collection sites for infant body parts, destined for human experimentation, they oppose such inhumanity altogether. There is a reason that civilized nations seek alternatives to human experiments.

“Cecile Richards is free to express outrage over images that reveal the depth of depravity in her business model to date. However, the rest of Americans are well within our rights to seek to defund the nation’s number one abortion provider — still committed to vivisecting infants for research — in favor of redirecting funds to true, full-service Community Health Centers. States have an interest in preventing fetal tissue research from leading to the commodification of the bodies of aborted infants.

“Further, Richards’ letter fails to address the other potential violations of law identified by Americans United for Life such as altering abortion procedures to harvest infant body parts, partial birth abortion and the born alive infant protection act.

“Abortion is fundamentally different from miscarriage or other human deaths from diseases or accidents. States can rationally distinguish how they regulate the disposition of the bodily remains of aborted infants from the disposition of the bodily remains of miscarried infants, because there is a greater inclination to systematically exploit the bodily remains of aborted infants for pecuniary or scientific gain. The abortion industry views the remains of aborted infants as tissue or medical waste, not human corpses, and it should not be able to gain from its abortion practices.”

To learn more about AUL’s work, analyzing the legal issues raised by the Center for Medical Progress videos along with Planned Parenthood’s profiteering, click here.