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Planned Parenthood, Black Market Organ Sales and International Organ Theft Documented Long Term

Updated on October 7, 2016
Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty uses her degrees in Preventive Medicine, Psychology, and TKM in research and treatment for public and private health agencies.

Heart On Ice

Would you buy a new heart for yourself or a loved one, if it was needed to continue living?
Would you buy a new heart for yourself or a loved one, if it was needed to continue living? | Source

In 2012, an organ is sold once an hour. Estimates (2012) are that 10,000 organs are now traded every year, with figures soaring off the back of a huge rise in black market kidney transplants.

— World Health Organisation

Biopolitics and Business Ethics: Shipping Costs Or Profit?

Many publications carry research articles about black market organ dealing, even Psychology Today (Psychology Today. Body Snatchers: Organ Harvesting For Profit; 11/13/2013). The medical and other research literature contains much evidence since the 1980s, including books made available to the public from author Nancy Scheper-Hughes and other scientific researchers in this topic.

A recent worldwide university database search for the topic of organ theft yielded over 55,000 results since 1984. Still, voices of opposition declare that the black market for human organs does not exist and that rumors of it began later, in 1986 or 1987. The use of aborted fetal tissues for organ development, even an allegation of the sales of these tissues, is a related issue.

In a mid-1990s survey, I visited abortion clinics in my large city and applied for a job as a counselor at each. I learned a lot about these clinics.

I saw that the busiest area of each clinic was the Accounts Receivable room, the desks filled with several people processing insurance forms, both private and some Medicaid. Stacks of insurance claims were several inches thick. Stacks of incoming checks were also thick. Abortions cost between $370 - $400 in my city then, so the stacks looked like a lot of money.

In 2015, news surfaced alleging that Planned Parenthood sells baby body parts. Opposition voices point out that the "sales" are actually fees used to recoup transportation costs. A second part of the allegation is that illegal partial birth abortions are used to obtain whole organs rather than destroyed organs. A thorough investigation is necessary, although undercover videos about this situation are pretty disgusting.

I want to see the "Usual and Customary" price schedules of the transport companies and the actual bills for transport of these organs or tissues of aborted fetuses so that I can compare them.

— The Hub Author

Do Planned Parenthood "Recoup Fees" Exceed Actual Costs?

I want to see the "Usual and Customary" price schedules of the transport companies and the actual bills for transport of these organs or tissues of aborted fetuses so that I can compare them. Why? --

My first thought was a recollection of eBay sellers that charge cheap prices for products and then charge quadruple the usual shipping fees. For that matter, I unwitting paid five times the usual and customary price for a particular item before the Internet was available for price comparisons. Might an abortion clinic charge more than the Usual and Customary fees for shipping, make blatant sales, or even falsify paperwork to cover sales? This all is the dark side of business. Does healthcare have a dark side? Remembering investigations into insurance fraud in Ohio, I think it does.

If the prices for Planned Parenthood transport of organs and tissues actually checks as accurate, Usual and Customary, then I think that no legal problem about sales of fetal tissues presents itself - but I am not an attorney.

If shipping prices are higher than Usual and Customary - or someone picks up tissues at the clinic and pays shipping anyway - then I think there is a crime related to sales. NBC in Chicago reported that illegal sales of an organ carries a fine of up to $50,000 plus a possible prison sentence (NBC Chicago, Market For Black Market Organs Expands; 5/21/2014).

Nonprofit agencies can accept payments legally under the concept of "Fee for Service." Do some nonprofits actually make a profit some years? Yes.

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 7,000 kidneys are illegally harvested annually by traffickers worldwide and the prices vary widely by country.

— Dale Archer MD, in Psychology Today: Body Snatchers: Organ Harvesting For Profit

Sanchez, R. (2015) United Nations investigates claim of ISIS organ theft. CNN on 2/19/2015. -- The United Nations began an investigation into allegations that ISIS may be participating in the ongoing harvesting of human organs from killed civilians, accepting money for the organs.

America 1986 and Today

Las Vegas in 1986 surprised me by having newspaper dispensers on every corner that did not dispense news. The papers inside them advertised women.

Years later, I learned that intergenerational trafficking rings in Toledo, Ohio had been supplying Las Vegas, as well as Detroit, Chicago, the Province of Ontario, and international ports with humans to traffic for unpaid work and for the sex trade. Since 2010, this problem in Toledo has been addressed by city mayors, state governors, and the state and federal legal, education and social services systems and is improving.

Appallingly, some of the unpaid work included involuntary organ donation.

At a 1986 writers' convention in Las Vegas, I had the opportunity to hear about a deceased woman found in a hotel bathtub and missing some organs. I put the news out of my mind until attending graduate school classes a couple of years later in the Midwest, where I heard about this event and other organ theft in my classes. Whether the 1986 case was true or false, it was copied in reality in Central Ohio. We had news reports and photos of women left in dumpsters, some organs missing, in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.

Forced Organ Donation

My Sister's Keeper (2009)
My Sister's Keeper (2009)

Loosely reflecting some real life stories, parents have a second child whom they force to donate body tissues and organs to an older sister, until the younger child sues her parents in court to stop the surgeries.

 

Organ theft during wars, civil wars, dirty wars, wars involving undisciplined armies is not uncommon.

— Nancy Scheper-Hughes; Chair, Berkeley's doctoral program in medical anthropology

Early Research: Organ Theft in Brazil, 1980s

Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil
Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

This is a mind-tearing and gut-wrenching expose of the illegal organ trade in Brazil, traced from the early to mid-1980s. The author is the leading science researcher - a medical anthropologist and program chair - in the topic of organ theft. She continues to publish information about the problem, even though not many people in public and private life want to hear about it.

 

Designer Babies, Designer Pets, Designer Organs

If you needed an organ, would you prefer a transplant from a willing donor, an organ grown from pig powder or 3D printed, a stolen organ,  or an organ from an aborted fetus?
If you needed an organ, would you prefer a transplant from a willing donor, an organ grown from pig powder or 3D printed, a stolen organ, or an organ from an aborted fetus? | Source

Recommendation

Since medical science can grow new human organs in the human who needs them, quickly with the help of a dissolving matrix and powdered pig digestive tract tissues, then that is a more socially and morally acceptable - and a more legal means of organ transplant. Animal advocates disagree. 3D printers are another option. Martine Rothblatt, the founder of Sirius XM Radio plans a pig farm solely for the growing of 100,000 or more organs annually (http://inhabitat.com/tag/martine-rothblatt).

What Would You Prefer?

If you needed a transplant organ (or tissues), would you prefer -

See results
3D printer technology
3D printer technology | Source

References

  • Andre, C. & Velasquez, M. (2013) Kidneys for Sale. Santa Clara University. http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v1n2/kidneys.html Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  • Budiani‐Saberi, D., & Mostafa, A. (2011). Care for commercial living donors: the experience of an NGO’s outreach in Egypt. Transplant International, 24(4), 317-323.
  • Connors, C. M. (2014). The Deserving And Undeserving: Examining Ontario's New Strategy For Organ And Tissue Donation.
  • Frederick, D. (2010). Competitive Market in Human Organs, A. Libertarian Papers, 2,
  • Fry-Revere, S., & Fry, S. (2012). A Federal Organ Grab Without Consent. The Tea.
  • Hench, S., & Zartman, J. The Ethics of Organ Sales and Donations: A Global Perspective.
  • Scheper-Hughes, N. (2015). The Ghosts of Montes de Oca. The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History, 72(02), 187-220.
  • Scheper-Hughes, N. (1990). Theft of life. Society, 27(6), 57-62.
  • Shelton, W. (2001) The Ethics of Organ Transplantation (Advances in Bioethics). Emerald Group Publishing Limited; 1st edition, 329.
  • Woan, S. (2007). Buy Me a Pound of Flesh: China's Sale of Death Row Organs on the Black Market and What Americans Can Learn From It. Santa Clara Law Review, 47(2).

© 2015 Patty Inglish MS

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      3 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for an important post to raise important questions for discussion.

      As the Planned Parenthood story continues to unfold I heard an interview with Kristan Hawkins today from Students for Life of America, just one organization of young people standing against abortion. The hope she is instilling is encouraging, and the work they are all doing is courageous. To think of how we have gone from killing life in the womb to outright murder outside of the womb in order to take advantage of body parts is too horrifying for words.

      Re the denial of involuntary organ donation (what a way to put such a practice!), we are not having enough conversations about it, so thanks again for highlighting the issues.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I know we're still having some trouble stopping all partial birth abortions in Ohio - we hear about a few here and there that doctors have attached another name. Human trafficking does indeed include some organ sales and I hope we can stop it.

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      I thought partial-birth abortions in the last trimester had been outlawed during the G.W. Bush administration?

      Pretty terrible that people might be kidnapped and sold for organ donation. Most people think women and children are sold into sex slavery, and I'm sure plenty are, but organ donation is something I hadn't thought of.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @no body -- I agree that life is regarded as cheap by many.

      I am also kind of sick of some talk show hosts bullying callers, telling them that they should not come to the defense of any animal until every human abortion is illegal. Can't we respect life overall?

      I think a bad end to come to those who waste either human or animal life. it is on the way.

      Thanks for your comments!

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      Robert E Smith 

      3 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Patty, I am amazed about the 3D printers. I am not however amazed at the depths to which men abuse others, stealing body parts and lives for money without conscience. I keep hearing of all the videos around planned parenthood and hearing how the representative talks about human life. It is so very cheap in our world, almost like what we hear the dark ages were like. 3D printers creating a piece necessary to life only to have that life snatched from a tissue robber down the street. I am so very tired of all the evilness. I voted up and interesting. Bob.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @MsDorsa - Thanks for your comments! My travels have taken me through some interesting and sometimes depressing places and situations. We have to know about these things in order to change them.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Patty, you have provided a wealth of information on this despicable practice. Thanks for the insight and awareness you have shared on this topic.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Yes, I think that is a good alternative as well. Using one's own stem cells is successful.

    • someonewhoknows profile image

      someonewhoknows 

      3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Growing organs and other body parts from Stem cells seems like a good alternative.

      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/scientists-growing-liv...

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @North Wind - I also am appalled by such activities, even in science fiction films. Many wonder how far humanity will go into the Abyss.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @BlossomSB - Popular Science has an article online about the Dark Web that Google does not index or see - Thousands of black market organs are sold regularly there. This is astounding to me.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @FitnezzJim - I love Star Trek IV! - It's one of the only films that I could really watch every day. I agree about 3D printing. It's a miracle, as is the Genome Project and what we are learning.

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      North Wind 

      3 years ago from The World (for now)

      This is very disturbing to me. I cannot understand how something could be taken from someone who has been denied the recognition of his existence and life in order to be used for someone who is simply an older version of the being who has been allowed to be born.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @Erickierker - I agree completely. Thank you for adding your views.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @mckbirdbks - If we use the information from bad situations to increase public knowledge, then maybe we can change the situation. I feel bad for young children growing up in the present decade; but all decades have horrors.

      @MarleneB - It is as sad as you say it is. Shudderingly sad. At least it is out in the light for view.

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Organ transplant can be such a wonderful life-saver, especially for little children who have their whole life ahead and science is continually developing better methods to make these more successful. However, there is that dark side that you write about and it is alarming to think of this happening. A great article and congratulations for bringing this to our attention. May we become more aware of what can happen.

    • FitnezzJim profile image

      FitnezzJim 

      3 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      The 3D printer option made me do a flashback to the Star Trek scene where Dr. McCoy says something like “My God, Man! How barbaric!” when he hears of a modern age doctor proposing to cut a hole in Chekhov’s head to relieve pressure from a concussion. He then breaks out his trusty medical wand and uses it heal the patient. Later, he uses something in his medical kit to miraculously help another patient grow a new kidney.

      It seems to me that there has been a lot of progress with respect to development of the technologies that would enable this. Given 3D printing, and the growth of new organs, all that is missing is enough understanding of the genome … but wait, don’t we also have the Genome Project? And might it not also contribute to near-term breakthroughs in medical technology?

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Even if everything is done just right the whole concept is ghoulish. How much more so when it is abused. Very interesting article. Thank you.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      Interesting! It is very disheartening to read about the things people do without regard to the lives they destroy. With the way the world is going, I believe everything you mention here to be so sad and unfortunately true.

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 

      3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Patty - not quite the atom bomb of depression but in the zone. I'm ok. It is the rest of the world that I worry about.

      I think the Happy Food Recipe category may have enoough contestants. Write where your heart takes you. I'll just have to get tougher.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Oh Gee! I did not mean to drop an atom bomb of depression. I was responding to a Hub Q&A and it is not a happy topic.

      The good part is that Central Ohio, Toledo, and other cities are fighting the problem and seeing results. Maybe it is time for me to write a Happy Food Recipe of some sort? So sorry for vandals in your head. I got used to them, working in psychology and parts of some ghettos for years -- The ghettos are being brightly rebuilt though!

      [sigh...]

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 

      3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Patty - you have blown my mind into little pieces. I am aware of how dark the world has become, now I have images of maurading vandals in my head.

      I am not sure 3D printers have progressed to this state of use yet - but would not be surprised.

      I hope you wrote another lighter piece that counterbalanced this piece.

      What have we become?

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