The Marketing of Aborted Baby Parts

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2000 in Reports

Fact Check

Following the 20/20 broadcast and the House hearing, the abortion lobby has made many false, misleading and outlandish claims related to the issues raised during these events. We have addressed a few of the ones we know about.

MYTH: Dean Alberty was paid $20,000 by Life Dynamics for the “Kelly” interview.

FACT: At the hearing, Alberty testified under oath that he was actually paid $400 to compensate him for the time he spent traveling to the Life Dynamics office in Texas, conducting the interview, and returning home.

The $20,000 figure being thrown about represents the entire amount paid to Alberty over the two-and-a-half years he worked for us. The actual amount was $21,426.04 and less than half of it was compensation. The majority was dollar-for-dollar reimbursement for expenses he incurred while attending abortion industry conferences and seminars on our behalf. This included, airline tickets, hotels, food, registration fees, association dues, tapes and books, etc.

From the beginning of this project until its end, Alberty’s personal earnings from Life Dynamics averaged less than $310 per month, and those payments were primarily to compensate him for salary he lost when he took time off from his regular employment to work for us.

We provided this financial information, as well as the documentation supporting it, to the Democrats on the Commerce Committee prior to the hearing. However, when they introduced it into the hearing they carefully chose their words to focus solely on the entire amount and were clearly avoiding the breakdown of what the money actually paid for. The result of their dishonesty has been that, to this day, the media and the abortion lobby continue to lie about the financial relationship between Alberty and Life Dynamics.

MYTH: Alberty now says that Life Dynamics altered the “Kelly” interview.

FACT: Alberty has done no such thing. He had never seen the tape until being shown it by attorneys representing the Anatomic Gift Foundation almost a year after it was recorded. Due to the time that had elapsed, Alberty stated that he did not remember the entire interview verbatim and, therefore, could not state for certain whether Life Dynamics had altered it or not. Since he made that statement, Life Dynamics has released the raw unedited footage of the original interview showing that no alterations were made.

MYTH: Alberty has recanted his testimony in the “Kelly” interview.

FACT: Again, Alberty has done no such thing. He only admitted that he had no personal knowledge of, and therefore could not prove, some of the things he told us.

For example, on the “Kelly” tape Alberty said that his employer was profiting from the marketing of baby parts. When pressed by the pro-aborts at the hearing, he admitted that he had never actually seen money change hands and, therefore, had no proof of this. However, he did not “recant” as some have claimed and say that his employer was not profiting from the marketing of baby parts. More importantly, Life Dynamics has provided documentation from a source other than Alberty showing that his employer was indeed profiting from the marketing of baby parts. So while some might reasonably argue that Alberty’s admission undermines his credibility, the independent documentation we provided proves that his claim was accurate whether he had personal knowledge of it or not.

This is a typical example of what the abortion industry is calling a recantation. In no case was it a matter of Alberty saying that something he told us wasn’t true but that, in some instances, he told us things that he could not prove. An analogy would be a situation in which the body of a murder victim has been found and someone steps forward to say they witnessed the crime. If it is later determined that this person didn’t actually witness the murder, that doesn’t change the fact that a murder was committed. Moreover, if details provided by this person are supported by other evidence, the authorities would not ignore what he is saying simply because he lied about seeing the crime take place.

That is, however, precisely what apologists for the abortion industry expect the American people to do regarding Alberty and the marketing of baby parts. Since the hearing, their strategy has been to suggest that because Alberty misled Life Dynamics about certain, at times inconsequential, aspects of the baby parts marketing scandal, then the scandal is not occurring. As illogical as it sounds, they have convinced themselves that because Alberty lied to us they can lie to the public.

The reality is that Alberty has never backed away from his charge that some people within the abortion industry are trafficking in the dead bodies and body parts of aborted babies. Furthermore, every significant allegation he has ever made regarding this issue has been confirmed by other witnesses, evidence or documentation.