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Court orders HHS to release more info on purchase of organs extracted from aborted human fetuses

"This court victory will shed additional light on the federal government's barbaric practice of purchasing organs of aborted human beings," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

Updated: March 15, 2021 - 5:42pm

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According to Judicial Watch a federal court has ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to divulge more information regarding its buying of organs extracted from aborted human fetuses.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) bought fetal organs from Advanced Biosciences Resources (ABR) to develop "'humanized mice'" for research, according to the watchdog group

The company "partnered with Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to dismember fetuses and sell their parts for research," the decision states. "It sold second-trimester livers and thymi for hundreds of dollars apiece. The same for brains, eyes, and lungs. After tacking on fees for services like shipping and cleaning, ABR could collect over $2,000 on a single fetus it purchased from Planned Parenthood for $60. The federal government participated in this potentially illicit trade for years."

The watchdog group noted that in June of last year it uncovered records revealing that between 2012 and 2018 the FDA entered contracts with ABR worth $96,370 to obtain "fresh never frozen tissue" extracted from aborted fetuses — and in February of last year the watchdog group uncovered records indicating that NIH shelled out thousands to ABR to buy such organs.

"This court victory will shed additional light on the federal government's barbaric practice of purchasing organs of aborted human beings," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. "The American people deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent on this grotesque and potentially illegal activity."

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