A new video by the Center for Medical Progress highlights a portion of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives’ first hearing on the bioethics which surround the use of fetal tissue.
During the March 2 hearing, the panel examined a Planned Parenthood consent form given to patients who donated fetal tissue. The form states that aborted fetal tissue “has been used to treat and find a cure for such diseases as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and AIDS.”
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The form erroneously claims that cures for the diseases mentioned are currently available.
“I'll say, I lost my mother last year with Alzheimer's,” Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) said. “I am not aware that there is a cure out there. This is news to me.”
The erroneous claim may violate the government’s standards for voluntary consent.
Dr. Lawrence Goldstein, a professor at the University of California at San Diego who testified in support of Planned Parenthood at the hearing, called the language on the consent form “an inappropriate statement.”
“Do you believe that anything on that form is creating an undue hardship or an intimidation or a misrepresentation to women who are being asked to consider whether they will donate this tissue?” Rep. Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) asked Goldstein.
“If it’s the form that says, therapies for diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and all the rest have already been found, I agree. That’s an inappropriate statement and should not have been made on that form,” Goldstein replied. “I don’t know who wrote it. That would not have made it past my IRB [Institutional Review Board] either.”
David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, said that the form "fraudulently" induces patient consent.
“Planned Parenthood’s baby parts trafficking scheme cannot stand up to independent scrutiny,” Daleiden said in a statement. “When a Planned Parenthood supporter and baby parts customer admits under oath that Planned Parenthood has been fraudulently inducing patient consent, it discredits all of Planned Parenthood’s assurances that their baby parts scheme has operated legally and above-board.”
“Law enforcement in Planned Parenthood-friendly jurisdictions should stop wasting taxpayer resources to assist Planned Parenthood in harassing citizen journalists, and should stop ignoring the evidence of real fraud, baby body parts trafficking, and criminal abortion practices right in their own backyard,” he added.
Spokespersons for Planned Parenthood have maintained that they legally donated aborted fetal tissue for medical research and patients who donated their tissue provided consent. The organization has filed a lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress.
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