Are you better than No-amon?...Her little ones were
dashed to pieces at the corner of every street.
"FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN TURN YOUR PATIENT'S DECISION
INTO SOMETHING WONDERFUL" reads the glossy brochure sent out to
abortion mills by Openting Lines, a fetal tissue "wholesaler." To
medical research labs and college science departments Opening Lines
offers "FRESH FETAL TISSUE HARVESTED AND SHIPPED TO YOUR
SPECIFICATIONS WHERE AND WHEN YOU NEED IT."
Dr. Dodge of Thomas Jefferson University orders
"Whole intact legs, including ENTIRE HIP JOINT, 22-24 weeks
gest[ation]" from the Internationl Institute for the Advancement of
Medicine. He specifies "4-6 specimens per shipment...To be removed
from fetal cadaver within 10 minutes," and wants "no abnormalities."
Dr. Charles Cintron of Schepens Eye Research Institute sends a
standing order for two each of hearts, testes, prostates, duodenums,
epidermises, adrenals, ovaries, livers, pancreases, and eyes -- all
from fetuses of 20 to 22 weeks gestations.
Jane Lebkowski of Applied Immune Sciences Inc.
orders one each of a thymus, lymphoid node, liver and bone, one
shipment a week for one year, 15 to 22 weeks gestation, "charted for
age, sex, blood type, and medical history." Another party wants
"Limbs weekly, Thymus & Liver twice a month." So the orders go
to America's wholesalers of "body parts."
At least five companies buy and sell fetal body
parts in what Canadian newsmagazine Alberta Report (Aug. 25,
1999) calls a "a vast trade in human tissue from babies that are
aborted, and sometimes vivisected, to satiate the exploding
multibillion-dollar biotechnology industry." (Vivisected
means cut up while still alive.)
Though the media have been careful not to mention
the gruesome trade, the business of buying and selling fetal parts
isn't new. Over three decades ago the The American Journal of
Obstetrics and Gynecology (March 1998) approvingly noted an
award given to Dr. Geoffrey Chamberlain for attaching live aborted
fetuses to artificial placentas to see how long they would live.
Later, the Cambridge Evening Post published a picture of Dr.
Lawrence Lawn standing next to a live fetus suspended in a perfusion
In 1974, as a result of these atrocities, Congress
banned federal funding of research on live fetuses "to provide
additional safeguards in reviewing activities...to assure that they
conform to appropriate ethical standards and relate to appropriate
societal needs." The following year HEW Secretary Caspar Weinberger
issued "detailed and complex" regulations concerning research on
fetuses, pregnant women, and in vitro fertilization.
Weinberger's reports described without comment
ghoulish experiments performed on live aborted babies: "Four fetuses
from hysterotomy abortion at 16-20 weeks gestation were perfused via
the umbilical vessels in a study in Scotland which demonstrated that
the fetus could synthesize estriol independent of the placenta. A
similar study by the same investigators involving six fetuses
demonstrated that the 16-20 week fetus could synthesize testosterone
from progesterone. To learn whether the human fetal brain could
metabolize ketone bodies as an alternative to glucose, brain
metabolism was isolated in eight human fetuses ( 12-17 weeks
gestation) after hysterotomy abortion by perfusing the head
separated from the rest of the body. This study, conducted in
Finland, demonstrated that the human fetus, like previously studied
animal fetuses, could modify metabolic processes to utilize ketone
bodies" (Federal Register, vol.XL).
Dr. Harold O.J. Brown later explained in Human
Life Review that "the third study described involved the
decapitation of well-developed human fetuses and the
artificial maintenance of the severed heads for a certain period by
attaching them to an apparatus that perfused them with blood
containing the necessary oxygen and nutrients" (italics added). Of
course the media made no mention of fetal experimentation, in
utero or ex utero. They had already circled the wagons to
defend Roe v. Wade.
In 1984 Dr. Olga Fairfax described these
experiments in "101 Uses for a Dead (or Alive) Baby" in American
Life League's ALL About Issues. When a reader questioned
lovelorn columnist Ann Landers about these allegations, Landers
viciously attacked Dr. Fairfac. "Never in my 30 years of writing
this column," she hyperventilated, "have I run into such half-baked
distortions, complete lies and twisted facts contrived to make a
story sound believable." The popular media dutifully assured the
public that Ann Landers had "proven" the prolife "rumors" false. The
subject was immediately dropped.
Dr. Peter Adam of Case Western Reserve and his
colleagues in Finland had already published in Medical World
News their experiments on babies' heads "isolated surgically
from the other organs." And The New England Journal of
Medicine had already reported that live aborted babies were
dropped into a Ten Broeck tissue grinder to "homogenize" their
President Bush issued a presidential order banning
the use of federal funds for fetal human-to-human transplants, but
in 1993 President Clinton's first act in office was to rescind his
predecessor's order. This reversal resumed the flow of federal
dollars to fund fetal tissue research. Of course under federal law
the sale of fetal tissue was still illegal. But soon after
Clinton's action, an ad in the guidebook of the National Institutes
of Health, a federal agency, offered to "supply tissue from normal
or abnormal embryos and fetuses of desired gestational ages between
40 days and term. Specimens are obtained within minutes of
passage...and immediately processed according to the requirements of
Although the news media continue their effors to
buys such information, knowledge of the bloody mayhem in American
abortion mills may not remain buried for long. In 1992 a dynamic
prolife leader, Mark Crutche, founded Life Dynamics to provide
litigious support for malpractice attorneys who represent women
seriously harmed or killed during abortions. He and his aides soon
amassed a file of 6,000 documents.
While compiling documentation, Crutcher's group
discovered that discovered that thousands of women had suffered
serious injury and often death at the hands of abortionists. They
also discovered workers in abortion mills who'd come to realize the
enormity of what they were doing. These workers supplied Crutcher
with the inside information that Life Dynamics used to publish
Lime 5, a book describing hundreds of truly appalling cases,
referenced in over seven hundred footnotes, of women killed,
injured, degraded, and sexually assaulted during abortions.
In 1999 Crutcher published two more shockers. The
first was Access, a book of quotes by abortionists, abortion
mill operators, and medical students showing the murderous
incompetence of abortionists and the appalling conditions in
abortion mills. Several months laters came the second, even more
shocking, revelation when Life Dynamics issued the first edition of
Life Talk, a monthly videotaped expose of the abortion
The first video featured an interview with "Kelly,"
a man who had worked for Anatomic Gift Foundation of Maryland. His
job was to go into abortion mills, dissect newly aborted babies, and
ship the "fresh fetal parts" to universities and private medical
labs in the U.S. and Canada. One day an abortionist said to Kelly,
"I've got you a couple of good specimens," and put down late-term
twin boys. Kelly looked at the babies who were moving and gasping
for air, thought of cutting into them, but said to the abortionist,
"They're alive. I won't do that." The abortionist casually put the
twins in a bowl, filled it water and drowned them, and Kelly decided
then that he couldn't continue dissecting babies. He told his story
to Mark Crutcher, continued his job in order to collect evidence for
Life Dynamics, and then quit.
Although trade in fetal parts has become a
multibillion-dollar business, it's still against the law to "sell"
fetal tissue, so fetal tissue is neither "bought" nor "sold."
Instead, a wholesaler's employee dissects the fetuses, and the
wholesaler pays the abortionist a very generous "rental fee" for the
"space" the dissector uses. Or sometimes the abortionist or an
abortion mill worker does the dissecting, and the abortionist is
"reimbursed" for the "salary" he pays himself or his worker. The
wholesaler, in turn, charges his customers (the research
laboratories) substantial "Fees for Services."
The price of abortions is several hundred dollars
or more, depending on gestational age -- the older the baby, the
larger the fee. But the abortionist's greatest profit may come from
the "reimbursement" he receives when the baby is dissected and
baby's parts are shipped overnight via UPS or FedEx. Opening Lines,
offers $999 for an intact brain, one-third less if the brain is
"fragmented." Livers, too, are discounted thirty percent if they are
fragmented. Eyes are $50 to $75 each. Gonads are more expensive at
The American Medical Association has publicly
stated that there is no medical need for partial-birth
abortion, but there is obviously an important financial need.
Many of these orders can be filled only by partial-birth
abortion. And it should be noted that for an intact brain to be
recovered, the baby would almost certainly have to born alive and
The Opening Lines brochure boasts that "Our daily
average case volume exceeds 1,500 and we serve clinics across the