So, I shared an article about how Planned Parenthood isn’t selling baby parts, and one of my cousins called me on it and asked me to defend my opinion. Since I felt pretty proud of what I wrote, I thought I might put it here (in case someone else might need it?
Okay, so I said I would get back to this, and I mean it. I know our views will differ, but I do want to explain myself (this is why I so very, very rarely post political things on my facebook). We’re family though, so I think we can both accept that we have different opinions at the end of the day and part with mutual respect.
The reasons why (at this current point and time) I do not believe this video:
1. The Center for Medical Progress is the source of the video. It is far from unbiased, nor is it a medical group. It is a political group focused on the /specific/ goal of discrediting and defunding Planned Parenthood. This is despite the fact that 97% of what Planned Parenthood does has nothing to do with abortions. For many people- especially those struggling at the poverty line- Planned Parenthood is the only form of Gynecological care. They perform more mammograms than abortions. As someone who has been without medical insurance due to being a student, I can tell you how important that is. Planned Parenthood will never turn anyone away for not being able to pay.
2. The timing of the video is set to coincide with a bill being placed before the House that would continue funding for Planned Parenthood. This has resulted in the stall of the bill- which also stalls money going to Breast Cancer Research. (The video was held over a year before being released)
3. This is not about baby parts. I know we have differing opinions on this, so I won’t expect you to agree with me on it. This is about fetal tissue. Fetal tissue is crucial in the research in the cure of diseases such at Parkinson’s disease and HIV. Also, fetal tissue that is not donated is medical waste- and as such would be thrown away if it was not donated.
4. Sherilyn J. Sawyer, the director of Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s biorepository told FactCheck.org that “there’s no way there’s a profit at that price.” She wrote that non-profit hospitals provide adult “tissue blocks from surgical procedures” at around $100–500 per block, and noted that “$30-100 is completely reasonable and normal fee.” Jim Vaught, president of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories said that “$30 to $100 per sample is a reasonable charge for clinical operations to recover their costs for providing tissue.” Carolyn Compton, the chief medical and science officer of Arizona State University’s National Biomarkers Development Alliance said this was “a modest price tag for cost recovery.”
Now this might make you say “But that’s proof they are selling baby parts!” However, I would like to remind you that the Red Cross charges $130- $150 per pint of blood, and we do not make the same accusations towards them, nor do we pull their funding.
In conclusion, until I get non-partial, unbiased information from credible sources, I will stand by my opinion.