By Cheryl Sullenger
West Palm Beach, FL — Operation Rescue has obtained a packet of documents through a Sunshine Law request that suggest that a prosecutor under Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi may be ready to close the case against Presidential Women’s Center (PWC) without charges for the illegal sale of aborted baby tissues and organs.
The documents show that the Florida Attorney General’s office forwarded a criminal referral for PWC to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on February 15, 2017. The case was assigned to Inspector Troy K. Cope of the Public Corruption Unit.
The criminal referral was made by the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, which indicated that their investigations showed that PWC routinely violated Florida State Statue §8873.05, which regulated the advertising or sale of “human embryos.” On July 1, 2016, the law was changed to prohibit the sale of human aborted baby remains altogether.
According to the records, Inspector Cope subpoenaed documents from PWC’s administrator Mona Reis on November 7, 2017, seeking invoices related to the disposal of biomedical waste from July 1, 2016 – November 7, 2017, including any transfer to StemExpress, a California Company that procured aborted baby tissues and organs for resale to laboratories across the U.S.
The documents revealed that PWC’s last transfer of aborted baby tissue to Stem Express took place on April 28, 2016. The last transfer of maternal blood took place on August 28, 2016.
According to Cope’s Investigative Reports, PWC entered into a contract with StemExpress on February 14, 2014, that allowed for the abortion business to be “reimbursed” for supplying aborted baby tissues and maternal blood.
A chart supplied by the U.S. House Select Panel was reviewed, which listed invoices that showed PWC received a total of $20,600.00 from StemExpress in exchange for aborted baby tissue and maternal blood. Cope determined that of that amount, $5,325.00 was related to the procurement of specimens from 71 aborted babies.
PWC received a flat reimbursement of $75 per sample. Inspector Cope determined that PWC used their own staff to procure and ship the tissue and organ samples. Hard costs, such as shipping and procurement supplies cost PWC $60, and that did not include the PWC employee’s hourly wages.
“Based on this, no criminal predicate can be established that the $75 flat reimbursement would constitute a profit or ‘valuable consideration,’” wrote Cope.
He also determined that since the last transfer of embryonic or fetal remains took place on April 28, 2016, just over two months before the Florida statute was amended, there could be no finding of violations by PWC.
The documents also revealed that the invoices related to Environmental Services, located at 3450 NW 112th Street in Miami, Florida, for the disposal of aborted baby remains generated by PWC were accurate and that the disposal was in compliance of existing laws.
While the documents indicated that these were preliminary findings, it appears that once the language is approved, the case against PWC will be closed without further action.
Operation Rescue is opposed to the trafficking of aborted baby remains and considers their use in experiments to be immoral and unethical.
“While it appears that Presidential Women’s Center did not technically violate state laws, the case has resulted in the strengthening of Florida statutes against trafficking in aborted baby remains,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It is a shame that PWC was not referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for HIPAA violations. Such a referral may have at least resulted in the abortion business being fined for sharing private medical information related to the women who supposedly gave consent for the transfer of their babies’ remains to StemExpress.”
While Presidential Women’s Center may never be held accountable for participating in the trafficking of aborted baby remains, a Federal investigation remains underway against Planned Parenthood, which was the primary source of aborted baby tissues and organs procured by StemExpress and other organ procurement companies.
In many cases, StemExpress supplied one of their own employees to procure tissue from aborted babies at Planned Parenthood facilities in California, and also directly paid shipping and other costs. Because this made Planned Parenthood’s expenses negligible, their “reimbursements” from StemExpress qualify as “valuable consideration.” It also made Planned Parenthood’s sharing of patient medical records with StemExpress employees a breach of patient privacy that likely qualifies as violations of HIPAA.
“We remain hopeful for a different outcome in the Federal case against Planned Parenthood. We look forward to the day when Planned Parenthood is brought to justice for their part in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains,” said Newman.
Read the packet of documents.