The Marketing of Aborted Baby Parts

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2000 in Reports

The “SOURCE” box at the top contains the AGF internal ID code, 511, which identifies Comp Health as the source clinic. The “TECH” box includes the notation “LDA” which are the initials of Lawrence Dean Alberty – the retrieval agent who worked for AGF inside Comp Health. Donor information includes the mother’s ID number, age and race (ex: 24W is a 24 year-old white woman), blood type (ex: ABO+), weight, plus the baby’s gestational age. In some cases, the dead baby’s sex was noted by a male or female symbol, and in some, the length of the baby’s foot is placed beside the line marked “US CRL.”

The notation “Tissue information” describes the type of part being shipped. A “FRG” designation means that the specimen was fragmented. The “AGF # ” is Anatomic Gift Foundation’s internal ID code for the tissue shipment, and “BLD” is their internal ID code for the maternal blood test. “Researcher” means the person ordering the part.

Anatomic Gift Foundation Tissue Logs:

According to these logs, during February of 1996, AGF sold the following parts from 69 different babies:

47 livers
11 liver fragments
7 brains
21 eyes
8 thymuses
23 legs
14 pancreases
14 lungs
6 arms
1 kidney/adrenal gland

The above figures total 152 “specimens”. The logs show that they also sold the blood from three babies for a final specimen count of 155.

NOTE: According to the retrieval agent who harvested all of the parts listed above, in order for the blood of an aborted child to be sold, the dead baby had to be brought to him intact.

According to their price list, AGF charges either $90 or $130 for a second-trimester specimen, and either $220 or $260 for a first-trimester specimen. The lower prices apply if the specimen is to be shipped fresh and the higher amount is used when it is shipped frozen. Whether a part is shipped fresh or frozen is not always reflected on the daily logs, therefore, we could not price these parts orders exactly and had to give a price range.

The tissue logs show that of the 69 babies dissected, there were 37 first-trimester babies which produced 39 specimens, and 32 second-trimester babies which produced 116 specimens. Using AGF’s price list reveals that the following amounts were charged to researchers for the parts listed:

first-trimester specimens (39) minimum $8,580.00
maximum $10,140.00
second-trimester specimens (113) minimum $10,170.00
maximum $14,690.00
Total for all specimens (152) minimum $18,750.00
maximum $ 24,830.00

We were unable to find out how much AGF charges for baby blood, so the figures above do not include a cost for the three instances in which blood was sold. Since there is obviously some charge involved, if we had been able to include it AGF’s income would have risen by a corresponding amount.