SANTA ANA, Calif. — A district attorney in California has filed a lawsuit against two former partners of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood for allegedly profiting from the bodily organs of aborted babies.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus announced the suit on Wednesday, filed against DaVinci Biosciences and its sister company DV Biologics.
“From 2009 to 2015, the defendants obtained aborted fetus donations from Planned Parenthood and turned those donations into a profit-driven business,” he declared. “They did so by selling tissues and cells from the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, intestines, skeletal muscle and bones of the aborted fetus donations.”
“The companies advertised and sold these, what they called ‘prenatal products’ from 2009 to 2015 to companies all around the world, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue,” Rackauckus explained.
The companies are accused of generating $1.5 million in sales, while also marking up shipping and processing costs.
“From 2012-2015, products were sold to pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and distributors both domestically and in countries around the world, including Japan, China, Singapore, Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, Netherlands, Canada, and the United Kingdom,” Rackauckus said.
“In both 2013 and 2014, the company grossed in excess of $400,000 in revenue, which was double the gross revenues earned in 2012,” he stated. “In 2015, DV continued its upward momentum and reached its earlier goal to exceed $550,000 in gross revenues.”
Rackauckus also outlined that the companies hired a marketing consultant to create promotional materials, including a catalog, to boost sales. His office found that profits included up to $674 in profit for each fetal heart, up to $233 in profit for each liver, up to $221 in in profit for each stomach, and up to $664 in profit for each small intestine.
“The district attorney’s office has a long track record of protecting the public from unscrupulous business tactics, and preventing profits off of fetal parts will be no different than our continued commitment to fighting consumer fraud,” Rackauckus said.
Michael Tein, an attorney representing DaVinci Biosciences and DV Biologics, denied the accusations, telling the Orange County Register that the companies have never made a profit from the body parts.
“Their scientists worked day and night to discover cell-based medical treatments and improve the quality of life for patients suffering from cancer, Alzheimer’s and other deadly diseases,” he said.
“Shipments of research materials were made only to other scientists working at fully accredited universities and laboratories,” Tein stated. “This is a civil lawsuit over cost-accounting issues. We look forward to explaining the full story to the court.”
Planned Parenthood is not a part of the investigation as it is believed that the organization didn’t personally profit in this case.
As previously reported, former Planned Parenthood partner StemExpress was recently held in contempt by a Congressional House panel for not handing over banking and accounting records as requested.
Last year, undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress revealed that Planned Parenthood had a working relationship with StemExpress. One video featured a discussion with CEO Cate Dyer, who stated that she would like to obtain “another 50 livers a week.”