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The first “Baby Body Parts for Profit” video by David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress was released four years ago today.

The YouTube video exposé begins with a flashback to Connie Chung reporting on ABC’s 20/20 program: “Big money is being made from the sale of fetal body parts.” That was March 8, 2000.

Her statement was followed by Chris Wallace questioning Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt* about the practice. Feldt’s comment was: “Where there is wrongdoing, it should be prosecuted.”

As you can see from the narrative captured from the program, Wallace wants to know why a special syringe is used if a woman agrees to donate her fetus. Read the entire transcript here.

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The practice of changing the abortion procedure, lengthening it, to get fetal parts, was furthered confirmed by the Center for Medical Progress investigation. David Daleiden who had formerly worked for LiveAction followed the lead of 20/20.

The ABC exposé was nearly 20 years ago; Daleiden’s was in 2015. Yet, just last month on June 18, Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley sent a letter to AG Barr and FBI Director Wray, demanding to know what has become of the fetal tissue (used to be “fetal body parts”) probe. They set a deadline of July 2 to hear a response. That was almost two weeks ago.

Maybe this will be the day we find out if justice will be served to those who broke laws, profiting from sales of human body parts, changing abortion procedures, and breaking other applicable laws including:

  • Laws protecting human research subjects and patient privacy
  • Laws regulating anatomical gifts for transplantation, therapy, research and education
  • Laws protecting late-term and born-alive infants
  • Laws pertaining to public funding for fetal tissue research and abortion providers.

For any who desire to read more in retrospect, the following links are provided. We also want to note that this subject matter is strongly related to Dismemberment Abortion.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp is pushing for an end to Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted baby body parts for sale | Breitbart.com 17 July 2015

Pelosi picks six strong abortion rights supporters for the GOP-led panel on Planned Parenthood, “setting up a showdown over the already-controversial probe” | TheHill.com 04 November 2015

Officials from California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office – a longtime financial supporter of Planned Parenthood – ordered a search of Daleiden’s apartment… | Breitbart.com 06 April 2016

On October 7, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 461, which created the Select Panel on Infant Lives and empowered the panel to investigate issues including “Federal funding and support of abortion providers,” as well as all “relevant matters with respect to fetal tissue procurement.” The Panel Chairman, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, has scheduled a hearing to explore information about the pricing of the tissue and whether abortion clinics and middleman businesses were making a profit from the transfer of fetal tissue. | Docs.House.gov (date .Pdf posted not known)

The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives Final Report (commentary) | ConcernedWomen.org 21 February 2017 | The 470-page Report

Trump Admin Cancels FDA Contract to Purchase Body Parts of Aborted Babies for Tax-Funded Research | LifeNews.com 25 September 2018

Trump’s NIH to spend $20 million “to develop or further refine ethical alternatives to fetal tissue research” | NationalRightToLifeNews.org 11 December 2018

NIH Director: Aborted Fetal Tissue Will ‘Continue to Be the Mainstay’ for Research | Breitbart.com 18 December 2018

President Trump Cancels $2 Million Contract to Purchase Body Parts of Aborted Babies for Research | LifeNews.com 05 June 2019

Lindsey Graham-Chuck Grassley questions to AG Barr and FBI Director Wray | Judiciary.Senate.gov 18 June 2019

* Gloria Feldt was PP president from 1996-2004. “When Feldt became president in 1996 Planned Parenthood’s abortion income was about $50 million. In 2004 the abortion income rose to $104 million. In 1996 abortion accounted for 27.6 percent of clinic income. At the end of her tenure it accounted for more than 36 percent of clinic income. During Feldt’s presidency, however, affiliates across the country dropped from 147 to 122 and clinics dropped from 938 to 850.” View more.


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UPDATE | July 15, 2019: On the same day that Gov. Bevin announced that his legal team filed a brief to oppose the lower court decision to overturn Kentucky’s D&E Abortion ban, an Oklahoma Judge upheld the law passed by Oklahoma’s legislature to ban D&E. The opposition has promised to fight forward. Whatever becomes of Kentucky’s appeal, a showdown at the Supreme Court looms.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 12, 2019) 

Gov. Matt Bevin’s legal team on Wednesday evening filed their opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in defense of House Bill 454 (HB 454), which bans the brutal and grotesque practice of live dismemberment abortions.

HB 454 was passed by the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support from legislators and signed into law by Gov. Bevin on April 10. The ACLU and a Louisville abortion clinic quickly challenged the law, and a U.S. District judge in May ruled in their favor.

The Bevin Administration, represented by attorneys from the Governor's Office and from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, argues that without HB 454, unborn children will continue to be torn limb from limb while still alive — a practice infinitely more barbaric than that reserved for “those who receive the death penalty and...even animals destined for death.” They further assert that the new law is in the best interest of the state because it protects the dignity of the unborn and ensures that the ethics of the medical profession in Kentucky reflect the values of the Commonwealth.

Read more.


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Schu Montgomery, Opinion contributor | Published 4:29 p.m. ET July 5, 2019 | Updated 4:36 p.m. ET July 5, 2019

Even amid the languid dog days of summer, killing unborn children doesn’t subside. Here in Kentucky, dismemberment abortions, otherwise known as D&E occur more than 500 times each year.

Attempts by pro-abortionists to destigmatize dilation and evacuation and other barbaric methods of abortion are utterly shameful in a sound and civilized society. Kentucky lawmakers passed a ban on D&E, but a federal judge blocked the effort.

The once Democrat mantra of keeping abortion “safe, legal, and rare,” has been replaced with a radical insistence that abortion be permitted up to birth (even at taxpayers’ expense), while simultaneously refusing to mandate that infant survivors of botched abortions be afforded medical care to save their young lives.

Still, these massive killings are draped in euphemisms like “choice,” “right” or “reproductive freedom” (every bit a misnomer). The American public, however, isn’t buying such subterfuge. The latest Gallup poll (May 2019) has 60% of Americans wanting all (21%) or almost all (39%) abortions made illegal.

Read more on the C-J online or on the KRLA website.


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In Kentucky, most new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislative session. Thursday, June 27, was the big day for 2019.

Of four new pro-life statutes, the Heartbeat and Anti-Eugenics laws were immediately blocked by ACLU legal challenges. HB 148 requiring that abortion end if and when Roe v. Wade is overturned, cannot yet be implemented.

Only one law was enacted on June 27, SB 50, and it got royal treatment in the C-J— The top headline across the cover page in the print version shouted: Abortion ‘reversal’ law is in effect.

This law requires a report of dispensing a prescription for Abortion Pills to the Vital Statistics branch within 15 days after the end of the month and an annual report with comparative data for other years. There are penalties for any provider failing to report or for submitting an incomplete report. Read more on page 2 of this pdf.

Additionally, the new section to our statutes requires abortion providers to tell patients that the process begun by the abortion pill may be reversed with a different medication.

The C-J stated that abortion providers already are required to report all abortions to the state Vital Statistics Branch. However, by specifying disclosure of prescriptions, there can be no doubt how many abortion were performed by surgery in an institution and how many were done at home by chemicals. (The abortion pill is approved by the FDAfor use to terminate a pregnancy during the first 10 weeks after the last menstrual period.)

Perhaps we will discover that many more abortions occur in Kentucky than have been reported. Is the figure actually around 3,000/year or really much higher?

The C-J stated that the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) claim was disputed by the medical establishment. It quoted Dr. Nicole Nolan, an OB/Gyn at UofL Medical Center who testified against SB 50, and quoted spokespeople for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood who bragged that medical associations agree with them that APR is not supported by science.

How sad that many medical associations including the AMA line up with abortion providers.

The C-J did not quote any pro-life physicians who have successfully administered the Abortion Reversal Pills, nor any spokesperson for the American Association of Prolife OB/GYNS (AAPLOG). Nor were the views of KRLA or Kentucky Doctors for Life solicited.

Had their article been unbiased, it would have referenced a case series on the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health website that details 754 patients who attempted to reverse the medical abortion process, which demonstrated:

Intramuscular progesterone and high dose oral progesterone were the most effective with reversal rates of 64% (P < 0.001) and 68% (P < 0.001), respectively. There was no apparent increased risk of birth defects. Conclusions: The reversal of the effects of mifepristone using progesterone is safe and effective.

A “bonafide” clinical trial, very scientific, is in the works. Read here. This study will take 40 women who want a surgical abortion, give them the initial abortion pill and then either a placebo or progesterone; then check after two weeks which fetuses are still alive, after which they will have a surgical abortion. The PLACEBO COMPARISON is required by our medical establishment for their seal of approval on a clinical trial.

Is that really as convincing as the case series of 754 that showed which medication saved the most lives?

IMPORTANT: The new Section being added to our Ky. statutes ALSO REQUIRES THE REPORT TO REVEAL WHETHER ANY ABORTION COMPLICATION OCCURRED:

Abortion complications to be reported shall include only the following physical or psychological conditions arising from the induction or performance of an abortion:

  • (a) Uterine laceration;
  • (b) Cervical laceration;
  • (c) Infection;
  • (d) Heavy bleeding that causes symptoms of hypovolemia or the need for a blood transfusion;
  • (e) Pulmonary embolism;
  • (f) Deep vein thrombosis;
  • (g) Failure to terminate the pregnancy;
  • (h) Incomplete abortion or retained tissue;
  • (i) Pelvic inflammatory disease;
  • (j) Missed ectopic pregnancy;
  • (k) Cardiac arrest;
  • (l) Respiratory arrest;
  • (m) Renal failure;
  • (n) Shock;
  • (o) Amniotic fluid embolism;
  • (p) Coma;
  • (q) Placenta Previa in subsequent pregnancies;
  • (r) Pre-term delivery in subsequent pregnancies;
  • (s) Free fluid in the abdomen;
  • (t) Hemolytic reaction due to the administration of ABO-incompatible blood or 14 blood products;
  • (u) Hypoglycemia occurring while the patient is being treated at the abortion 16 facility;
  • (v) Allergic reaction to anesthesia or abortion-inducing drugs;
  • (w) Psychological complications including depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, and sleeping disorders;
  • (x) Death; and
  • (y) Any other adverse event as defined by criteria provided in the Food and Drug Administration Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

If any female considering a “safe, legal” abortion sees this list of potential complications, it may serve to dissuade her.

Kentucky law has many good restrictions on abortion for the emotional and physical health of the mother. These are restated in SB 50 (see pdf), to note where current law needs to reflect a change. Unfortunately providers can get around these in various ways. Nevertheless, Kentucky pro-lifers are making progress. Hats off to Sen. Robby Mills (R), Henderson, who sponsored the bill.

For any women who desire more information and immediate help, see the Abortion Pill Reversal website.


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The Supreme Court declined to hear an Alabama Dismemberment Abortion case on Friday, June 28. This case had been strengthened by an Amicus brief presented on behalf of 21 states through our Governor Bevin.

The Kentucky Legislature passed a law in 2018 to ban Dismemberment Abortion which was challenged in court by the EMW/ACLU, and they won. Background on this case is here.

Gov. Bevin has appealed to the Sixth Circuit to reverse the decision to strike the law, and has vowed to appeal to SCOTUS should the current appeal be denied.

In regard to the Alabama case, Justice Clarence Thomas commented that “…justices should not keep refusing to hear abortion cases…”

The below NRLC graphic shows that two states, Mississippi and West Virginia, currently support Dismemberment Abortion bans. This demonstrates that legislatures and judges do rule favorably on this issue, but not in all states where legislation is passed.

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In Kentucky we have a pro-life legislature but are frequently disappointed by the court system.

Let’s pray for a favorable outcome on the current Appeal, which we may very well see, based on the successful Ultrasound Law Appeal and the refusal of the Sixth Circuit to re-hear that case. (See previous post.)



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