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  • Fr. Panagiotes Carras
    CHILDREN FOR SALE is the title of an alarming that appeared in the Spring, 2000 issue of American Outlook . Below is an excerpt. If anyone wishes to
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 14, 2000
      "CHILDREN FOR SALE" is the title of an alarming that appeared in the
      Spring, 2000 issue of "American Outlook". Below is an excerpt. If
      anyone wishes to read the whole article, click on
      http://www.hudson.org/ then click on "Publications", "American
      Outlook", picture of the Spring Issue, "Children for Sale.
      "At least on paper, the trafficking of fetal body parts for profit is
      strictly illegal in the United States. The section of the U.S. Code
      titled "Prohibitions Regarding Human Fetal Tissue" holds, "It shall be
      unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise
      transfer any fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer
      affects interstate commerce." A later clause, however, allowing
      "reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation,
      processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal
      tissue," leaves the door wide open to indirect profit—or so industry
      supporters contend. The clause was intended only to cover expenses
      incurred in moving the tissues from supplier to buyer, but by referring
      to any direct profits as "transaction costs," abortion clinics and
      their clients are reaping huge sums for the sale of body parts of unborn
      children. Moreover, there is currently no federal statute in place
      prohibiting intrastate commerce of these body parts—transactions
      occurring within a single state. In an October 20, 1999, floor
      statement to the U.S. Senate, Sen. Bob Smith (I-NH) gave a clear picture
      of the extent of this lurid trade: "[T]he consulting firm of Frost &
      Sullivan recently reported that the worldwide market for sale of tissue
      cultures brought in nearly $428 million in 1996, and they predict
      that market will continue to expand and will grow at an annual rate of
      13.5 percent a year, and by 2002 will be worth nearly $1 billion."
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