NJRTL Responds to Star Ledger Editorial: Fetal Tissue Isn’t Needed to Cure Diseases

letter to the editor

Fetal tissue isn’t needed to cure diseases

The Star-Ledger By Letters to the Editor | The Star-Ledger
on October 05, 2015 at 8:00 AM, updated October 05, 2015 at 8:10 AM

Fetal tissue isn’t needed to cure diseases

The Star-Ledger’s editorial regarding fetal tissue and defense of Planned Parenthood relies on broad, unsupported claims that fetal tissue is needed to help cure certain diseases and illnesses. However, your presumptions rely on antiquated science. Nothing usable for patients has come from the research you cite. Current, progressive alternatives such as induced pluripotent stem cells provide an unlimited source of cells, which can be produced from tissue of any human being, without harm to the individual donor, and with the ability to form virtually any cell type for study or potential clinical application. Stem cells from umbilical cord blood also show significant potential, but also have unique advantages for clinical applications and are already treating patients for numerous conditions. These are ethical, viable alternatives to using body parts from aborted babies.

You are correct that the imagery of an unborn baby on the video makes this a volatile subject, with one distinction. The babies in these videos did not die peaceful, natural deaths; they were deliberately and brutally crushed, dismembered and sliced apart for their brains, hearts, livers, pancreases and other organs. The fetal tissue you cite in those studies has been obtained in many cases from unborn babies at stages where fetal surgery is now used to correct anomalies in the womb and save lives, and at stages where science now demonstrates that unborn babies at these stages can feel pain. We should all agree that this inhumane and callous treatment of innocent human beings must end, and no organization that participates in these types of atrocities should be funded by taxpayers.

Marie Tasy is executive director of New Jersey Right to Life.

Urgent! Contact your Member of Congress Now! Tell them Don’t Vote for Continuing Resolution or any bill that funds Planned Parenthood!

I Stand Against Planned Parenthood

This week, Congress has to pass a Continuing Resolution that funds the entire government by midnight on September 30th. Call Congress today and tell them Don’t Fund Planned Parenthood. You can find your Congressperson’s contact info at:

Click on their website and call them at the Capitol Hill office and their local office. Thank you!

U.S. House of Representatives passes Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act and The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. Action Needed in U.S. Senate on Pain Capable Bill and CR Amendment to Defund Planned Parenthood

U.S. House of Representatives

On Friday, September 18, 2015, The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 3504, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act by a vote of 248-177, with one voting present (Roll call vote 506) and H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 by a vote of 241-187, with 1 voting present (Roll Call vote 505).

We received word that U.S. Senate is expected to vote as early as Tuesday, September 22nd on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). This bill passed the House of Representatives previously on May 13.

We also understand that the U.S. Senate will vote on an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood some time in the near future as part of a Continuing Resolution needed to fund the federal government. This is the second time the U.S. Senate will be voting to Defund Planned Parenthood.
Action Needed:

Urge New Jersey’s U. S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker to vote yes on H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and to vote yes to Defund Planned Parenthood.

Senator Robert Menendez
Wash.D.C. office 202 224-4744
NJ offices: 973 645-3030, 856 757-5353
Email: www.menendez.senate.gov

Senator Cory Booker
Wash. D.C. office: 202 224-3224
NJ offices: 973 639 8700, 856 338-8922
Email: www.booker.senate.gov

Miss America Pageant Orchestrates Question to Key Contestant to Spread Planned Parenthood’s Lies & Propaganda

I Stand Against Planned Parenthood

The Miss America Pageant broadcast on Sunday, September 13, 2015 displayed an obvious, orchestrated attempt to be the political mouthpiece for the nation’s largest abortion provider. Not only did the contestant spread a lie that has been debunked numerous times that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms, (which it doesn’t), but seemed to have embedded in her memory the fact that the largest abortion provider receives over $500M in taxpayer dollars. (Not that this helped make her case.) It should come as no surprise that the question, the contestant it was addressed to, and the answer she provided were all contrived.

You see, the contestant who was asked the question was from Tennessee. What relevance does this have? The two Congresswomen who are the lead sponsors of legislation to defund Planned Parenthood just happen to be from Tennessee: Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black.


8th Video Released. Warning: Some Viewers may find the content disturbing

This video shows Cate Dyer, CEO of Stem Express discussing baby body part procurement with undercover investigators. Dyer calls Planned Parenthood “a volume institution” and admits they handle a number of “intact cases”; i.e., whole bodies of aborted babies, which she says they “have done a lot of.” She also said they “ship those (intact cases) back to our lab in its entirety.” She also admits that contamination is an issue, including yeast contamination. Dyer also calls the problem with bacteria “rampant” and hints that many of the clinics shouldn’t even be in business. Dyer is asked what would make her happy, and she says, “50 livers a week and then goes on to explain “it’s volume for us, we still need more. A lot of volume is what we do.” She also says that they don’t expect to be hitting capacity for the next 10 years. When asked if she felt it was not profitable for abortion clinics to procure the baby body parts, she said “I haven’t seen that.” She also says the lab technicians “freak out” and have “meltdowns” when they see the baby body parts, with some requesting that the hands and feet not be attached. She also admits that this is why a lot of researchers are getting away from using baby body parts and are instead using adult-human sampling. In speaking about neural tissue (i.e., brain tissue), she said it is “insanely fragile” and the “hardest to ship” and admitted that is why they procure and ship the whole calvarium (head). This is the video Stem Express did not want viewers to see and it is no wonder. Please continue to spread the word and educate others about these videos. Thank you.

Warning: Disturbing content – Planned Parenthood is likely keeping some aborted babies alive until their hearts are cut out

This article is indeed disturbing, but even more disturbing and reprehensible is that any elected official or candidate for office would be willing to defend it and/or vote to keep Planned Parenthood funded. We call on every citizen to join with NJRTL to demand that each of their local, state and federal legislators urge an investigation of Planned Parenthood,vote to defund them, and pass legislation immediately to stop this horrible and inhumane practice. The time is now. This madness has to end.

Planned Parenthood is Likely Keeping Some Aborted Babies Alive “Until Their Hearts are Cut Out”
Dr. Theresa Deisher is a world-renowned scientist in the field of stem cell research who holds patents after discovering adult stem cells in human hearts. Deisher helped the pro-life activists who spent three years recording undercover videos and capturing documents and information showing the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling aborted babies and their body parts.

Now, in a new interview, Deisher says she has reviewed the information the activists collected and she is making a shocking claim that Planned Parenthood may be keeping some babies alive after the abortion procedure in order to better collect their organs for harvesting — such as their hearts.

Here is what she told Breitbart News:

“If you read scientific publications, in which they use the fetal material for some indications, particularly, cardio-vascular, or nerve cell research, they discuss the necessity of having tissue in the digesting buffer solution within five minutes for optimal yields,” she explains. “So, within five minutes of death, you would have to have the heart removed, and flushed of all blood, cleaned of any extra tissue that might be there, and the heart put into a liquid with enzymes that would digest the connective tissue and release the muscle cells.”

“Sometimes, they use an apparatus where they hook the heart up and they would flush fluid through it to keep it alive and beating,” she continues. “And you can’t have a dead heart that’s going to work in that kind of process.”

Deisher states that, in these cases, in order for the organs of aborted babies to be viable for research, the baby must be kept alive with a beating heart in order to get it through the harvest.

“Biomedical companies prefer gestational ages of greater than 20 weeks for heart muscle,” she adds. “This is from reading their publications; so, I have always suspected that the babies in some of these cases were alive until their hearts were cut out.”
Deisher says the Planned Parenthood abortion doctors caught in the videos arranging for the sales of aborted babies also discuss how they manipulate abortion procedures in order to better save babies’ heads and brain matter to use for research.

“Listening from the first video where they talk about getting an intact [corpus] callosum—that’s like a partial birth—the head would have to be through the canal in order to get that material,” Deisher states.

In the first video released by CMP, Planned Parenthood chief medical officer Dr. Deborah Nucatola is heard saying, “Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part. Most of the other stuff can come out intact.”

Nucatola goes on to say the abortionist must be “just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers, you try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, and I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
The fifth video in the shocking undercover series best illustrates how the Planned Parenthood abortion company is selling “fully intact” aborted babies.

The video, which follows Senate Democrats defeating a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood, makes it appear the Planned Parenthood abortion business may be selling the “fully intact” bodies of unborn babies purposefully born alive and left to die.

Planned Parenthood could be breaking the federal law known as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that requires abortion clinics, hospitals and other places that do abortions to provide appropriate medical care for a baby born alive after a failed abortion or purposefully birthed to “let die.” That would be one of the potential ways Planned Parenthood could produce a “fully intact” baby to sell to StemExpress for research. Most “crunchy” abortion methods would do damage to the baby’s body.

The fifth undercover video in the controversy over Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch’s track record of fetal tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact aborted babies.

SIGN THE PETITION! Congress Must Investigate Planned Parenthood for Selling Aborted Baby Parts

In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Farrell at the abortion-clinic headquarters of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs.

“Where we probably have an edge over other organizations, our organization has been doing research for many many years,” explains Farrell. When researchers need a specific part from the aborted fetus, Farrell says, “We bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this, so we deviate from our standard in order to do that.”

Asked specifically if this means Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast can change abortion procedures to supply intact fetal specimens, Farrell affirms, “Some of our doctors in the past have projects and they’re collecting the specimens, so they do it in a way that they get the best specimens, so I know it can happen.”

The investigators ask Farrell how she will frame a contract in which they pay a higher price for higher quality fetal body parts, and she replies, “We can work it out in the context of–obviously, the procedure itself is more complicated,” suggesting that “without having you cover the procedural cost” and paying for the abortion, the higher specimen price could be framed as “additional time, cost, administrative burden.”

Farrell finally summarizes her affiliate’s approach to fetal tissue payments: “If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. It’s all just a matter of line items.”

Congress is currently investigating whether or not the abortion business is breaking federal law. One of the key allegations that has come out after the series of undercover videos concerning Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies is whether the abortion business is breaking federal law banning partial-birth abortions and altering the abortion procedure in a way that allows to to maximize profit from the sales of aborted baby body parts by better preserving those body parts following the abortion.

The announcement of this aspect of the Planned Parenthood investigation follows on the heels of an announcement that a House committee is now looking into the Obama administration and whether there is any connection between it and the abortion giant.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was to know if the Obama administration, via the Department of Health and Human Services, provided any federal grants to Planned Parenthood that ultimately went to pay for the sales of aborted baby body parts and if they were used by Planned Parenthood to “support transactions involving fetal tissue.”

The expose’ videos catching Planned Parenthood officials selling the body parts of aborted babies have shocked the nation.

As LifeNews reported, the first video of undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.

In the second video, Planned Parenthood doctor Mary Gatter discusses the pricing of aborted baby body parts — telling the biotech company officials that the prices for such things as a baby’s liver, head or heart are negotiable. She also tells the officials that she could talk with the Planned Parenthood abortion practitioners to potentially alter the abortion procedure to kill the baby in a way that would best preserve those body parts after the unborn child is killed in the abortion.

So far, 12 states have responded to the Planned Parenthood videos and launched investigations into their abortion and organ harvesting business including South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana. The district attorney in Houston Texas is also investigating after the Houston-based Planned Parenthood abortion facility was caught selling aborted babies.

Congress has expanded its investigation into the Planned Parenthood abortion business and five states have revoked taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, including Utah, Arkansas, Alabama, New Hampshire and Louisiana and Iowa’s governor has ordered a review of Planned Parenthood funding.

The full, unedited videos have confirmed that revelations that some aborted baby remains sold by Planned Parenthood go to biotech companies for the purpose of creating “humanized” mice. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has been exposed as having sold body parts from aborted babies for as much as 15 years.

The federal law that technically prohibits the sale of aborted babies and their body parts was written by a pro-abortion Congressman decades ago and essentially spells out a process by which sellers of aborted baby body parts can meet certain criteria that allows the sales to be legal. That’s why a Colorado congressman has introduced legislation to totally ban the sales of aborted baby body parts.

6th Video: Planned Parenthood Sells Aborted Baby Body Parts without Patient Consent

baby body parts3

6th video catches Planned Parenthood selling aborted baby body parts without patient consent.
Call your Member of Congress and U.S. Senators Menendez and Booker and demand they vote to defund Planned Parenthood!
See prior posts for information on how to contact your Representatives.

Governor Christie signs S122/A4149, Bill will Expand Safe Haven Law

baby-handGovernor Christie signed Bill S122/A4149 into law on August 10, 2015.
This bill expands the list of sites at which newborn infants may be left safely and anonymously by a parent, or another person
acting on the parent’s behalf, in accordance with the provisions of the “New Jersey Safe Haven Infant Protection Act,” to include the
premises of fire stations and ambulance, first aid, and rescue squads that are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Current law
provides that an infant may be left at emergency departments of licensed general hospitals and State, county, and municipal police
stations. The bill also clarifies under the act that a child delivered to the premises of fire stations and ambulance, first aid, and rescue squads that are staffed 24 hrs a day, seven days a week must be left with an adult employee.

As the State’s largest pro-life organization, we were happy to support this bill. NJRTL Executive Director Marie Tasy worked with legislators on the introduction of this bill in 2000 and served as the Vice President of the NJ Safe Haven Task Force from 2006 to 2007. We commend the sponsors of this legislation for introducing this bill and thank the Governor for signing it into law. Senator Tony Bucco was the main sponsor of the original Safe Haven law as well as the main sponsor of this legislation. You can read his statement here

There have been some pretty high profile cases occurring lately in NJ where newborns have been found dead or killed in a horrific manner. When we hear about these cases, we are all deeply saddened. We know that there are thousands of people who would gladly adopt and raise these children if given the chance.

Many women who utilize the Safe Haven law are in denial they are pregnant, or are hiding their pregnancies. Moreover, most of these women, want to remain anonymous. The protection of anonymity is one of the key aspects of this program and what makes it so important in saving the lives of newborns.

A poll conducted in 2007 by the Rutgers Eagleton Institute commissioned by the NJ Safe Haven Task found that 80% of those surveyed said they strongly approved of this law. baby-hand

This bill is an important step in trying to save the lives of more newborns in NJ, but we must not stop there. Opportunities for new and innovative ways to spread the message about the Safe Haven Infant Protection Act need to be explored so we can save the lives of even more newborn infants in NJ and protect the lives of their mothers. One of the ways we can add to the effectiveness of the Safe Haven Infant Protection Act is by passing S103/A398. This bill will require school districts to provide instruction on the NJ Safe Haven Infant Protection Act as part of the school curriculum. This initiative was recommended by the Task Force in 2007 and was supported by 77% of NJ residents polled by Rutgers/Eagleton. A vigorous, on-going public educational effort is critical to the success of this law as well.

New Jersey’s Two U.S. Senators Menendez and Booker Vote No on S.1881, Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood. Action Needed!

baby body parts
On August 3, the U.S. Senate failed to garner the 60 votes needed to pass S.1881, a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. The vote tally can be found below. The bill was introduced as a response to the videos which show Planned Parenthood top officials discussing the sale of aborted baby body parts to undercover investigators. Many of the videos can be viewed on NJRTL’s website. Leaders in the U.S. Senate have vowed to bring the bill back at a later date. Both of NJ’s two U.S. Senators shamefully voted No on this bill. Please contact them and express your disapproval with their vote and urge them to support the bill when it comes back again for a vote. Also contact your Member of Congress and urge them to vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

Senator Robert Menendez
Wash.D.C. office 202 224-4744
NJ offices: 973 645-3030, 856 757-5353
Email: www.menendez.senate.gov

Senator Cory Booker
Wash. D.C. office: 202 224-3224
NJ offices: 973 639 8700, 856 338-8922
Email: www.booker.senate.gov

Contact your Member of Congress and urge them to support legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.

Call the Capitol switchboard during regular business hours at 202 224-3121, provide your town, state and zip code and ask the operator the name, address and phone number of your Congressional Representative. You can also ask to be connected directly to their D.C. office. You can obtain the name and contact information of your Congressional Representative at the following web address: http:www.house.gov

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress – 1st Session as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate
Vote Summary
Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1881 )
Vote Number: 262 Vote Date: August 3, 2015, 05:36 PM
Required For Majority: 3/5 (60 votes) Vote Result: Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Rejected
Measure Number: S. 1881

Measure Title: A bill to prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Vote Counts:
YEAs 53,
NAYs 46,
Not Voting 1

Grouped By Vote Position

Yea = Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

YEAs —53
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Capito (R-WV)
Cassidy (R-LA)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Daines (R-MT)
Donnelly (D-IN) Enzi (R-WY)
Ernst (R-IA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Gardner (R-CO)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lankford (R-OK)
Lee (R-UT)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK) Paul (R-KY)
Perdue (R-GA)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sasse (R-NE)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Sullivan (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD)
Tillis (R-NC)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Nay= Vote to Use Taxpayer dollars to fund Planned Parenthood

NAYs —46
Baldwin (D-WI)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Booker (D-NJ)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Heinrich (D-NM) Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Leahy (D-VT)
Markey (D-MA)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL) Peters (D-MI)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

Not Voting – 1
Graham (R-SC)