Politics & Policy

Fetal Body Parts Seller Forced to Donate Instead

Two companies that sold fetal body parts for profit have been put out of business. From the LA Times story:

Two bioscience companies that once operated in Costa Mesa have reached a $7.785-million settlement with the Orange County district attorney’s office over allegations that they illegally sold fetal tissue to companies around the world, prosecutors said Friday.

According to the settlement signed Monday, DV Biologics LLC and sister company DaVinci Biosciences LLC, both based in Yorba Linda, must cease all operations in California within 60 to 120 days. The agreement also requires the companies to admit liability for violations of state and federal laws prohibiting the sale or purchase of fetal tissue for research purposes, prosecutors said.

In actuality, the companies are not paying millions in damages. Rather, they are donating the body parts:

About $7.5 million of the settlement amount is the estimated scientific value of a planned donation of the company’s adult biological samples, tissues and cells to a nonprofit academic and scientific teaching institution affiliated with a major U.S. medical school, according to the agreement. Prosecutors did not disclose the name of the medical school.

It’s not really “damages” when the actual monetary “punishment” is refraining from profiting from illegal activities.

The actual out-of-pocket to the company was $195,000 in civil penalties and loss of  $10,000 worth of equipment–although being put out of business ain’t bean bag.

I wonder if an equivalent punishment will ever be meted out to Planned Parenthood for their alleged trafficking in fetal body parts? There is, after all, an FBI investigation now underway.

Nah. Too many friends in very powerful places–plus it would help David Daleiden, the pro-life activist who exposed PP’s potential illegality with undercover tapes. (No, they were not “discredited.”) 

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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