Firms Charged in California for Profiting Off of Baby Part Sales
Orange County, California District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has filed charges against two companies he says illegally profited off of the sale of fetal tissue.
In a press conference held on Wednesday, Rackauckas laid out what he called a “profit-making … scheme” conducted by DaVinci Biosciences and sister company DV Biologics. According to Rackauckas, employees used discounts “to close a sale,” and prices changed to match market value of fetal tissue.
“This is not about politics,” Rackauckas told The Orange County Register before the press event. “This is about a clear violation of the law.”
According to The Register, the lawsuit highlights an employee writing in an email that “…it costs us roughly $25 per unit to manufacture, and we are selling from $170.” Additionally:
From 2009 to 2015, the companies collected $56,678 in “packing and handling” fees marked up by roughly 50 percent over the actual cost of packaging and handling, according to the suit. Employees were paid a commission on profits they earned from the packing and handling charges, the lawsuit says.
In a press statement, Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden said that Planned Parenthood also acted illegally. “The wheels of justice are beginning to turn against Planned Parenthood and their corrupt business partners in the illicit trade in aborted baby body parts.”
According to Daleiden, “For eight years, Planned Parenthood supplied aborted baby hearts, lungs, brains, and intestines to DV Biologics, which DV Biologics then resold for profit. In exchange for merely providing access to aborted baby body parts, Planned Parenthood received kickback contributions from DaVinci Biosciences over the course of their eight-year contract.”
Rackauckas disagreed, telling a reporter at the press conference that Planned Parenthood donated bodies. Another reporter asked whether the donations were legal, to which the DA replied that not only are donations for research allowed, but “our evidence indicates that, no, no money was exchanged between these companies and Planned Parenthood.”
“We’re not indicating Planned Parenthood did anything unlawful,” Rackauckas clarified. His office is seeking a $1.6 million fine against the companies.
House Select Panel on Infant Lives Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said in a statement, “Based on the evidence uncovered during our Panel’s investigation, we have been deeply troubled about the relationship between DaVinci and PPOSBC, which appears to have created a market for the donation of human fetal tissue.”
Blackburn continued: “As a result, our Panel is continuing to look at connections between Planned Parenthood and tissue procurement companies. The lawsuit filed by the Orange County DA shows that there is also broad support at the state and local level to uncover the truth about what is going on in the abortion and fetal tissue industries.”
Earlier this year, Daleiden’s group released an undercover video highlighting activity that led to Rackauckas’ investigation. In that video, a Center for Medical Progress investigator was told by the medical director of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties that the abortion giant attempts to use ultrasound to create circumstances where a baby’s parts can be harvested.
Lila Rose of Live Action also commended the Orange County DA. “I hope this sets a precedent for prosecutors and law enforcement across the nation.” she said in a statement, “Abortion is a barbaric and cruel practice, and it should come as no surprise that those callous enough to profit off killing defenseless children in the womb would allegedly profit off selling their organs piecemeal.”
A phone call requesting comment from Da Vinci Biosciences was not immediately returned.