The Marketing of Aborted Baby Parts

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2000 in Reports

Regarding the subpoena issue, we were asked by Wheat, Delmonte and Paoletta to supply the names of people we thought should be called as witnesses. A few days later, we provided a list of about 10 or 12 people. After that, however, we began to notice that these guys started tap-dancing anytime we asked questions about the status of the subpoenas. At one point, they even tried to downplay the subpoena issue by telling us that it wasn’t necessary to subpoena some of the names on our list because these people had agreed to come in voluntarily. As an example, they said they had talked to Jim and Brenda Bardsley who ran the Anatomic Gift Foundation – one of the most prolific baby parts dealers in America – and the Bardsleys had promised to voluntarily appear on their own.

So now, we were being asked to believe that the Bardsleys were going to just stroll into a hearing in front of the United States Congress and – with no legal requirement that they do so – start detailing their role in the baby-killing / grave-robbing business.

Obviously, we were not stupid enough to buy that nonsense, nor were we stupid enough to think that Wheat, Delmonte and Paoletta were buying it either. This was nothing more than some half-baked plan they dreamed up to divert attention away from the “subpoenas-are-no-problem” sales pitch they used to trick us into choosing them over the Senate. In fact, we always felt it was highly unlikely that these guys ever talked to either the Bardsleys or any of the other witnesses they said would voluntarily appear.

Of course, we will never know for certain whether that’s true or not, but what we do know is that, in the end, the House only issued one subpoena. It was served by federal marshals on Dr. Miles Jones – Alberty’s former employer, one of the main players in the securing and marketing of baby parts, and the primary target of the 20/20 program.

All of these facts, combined with the failure of Wheat, Delmonte and Paoletta to even marginally prepare the pro-life members of the Committee, convinced us that the hearing was destined to be a nightmare and that, at the end of the day, Alberty was going to end up slowly twisting in the wind with a rope around his neck.

And that is precisely what happened. To begin with, the assurances we were given that the first order of business at the hearing was going to be about the possibility of illegal witness tampering and obstruction of justice by the Democrats was a lie. It didn’t happen. For whatever reason, this was not the first issue addressed, or the second one, or even the third one. In fact, it was never brought up.