Investigation of Fetal Tissue Sales

It was only a couple of years ago when a pro-life group gained notoriety for videotaping conversations that purportedly showed Planned Parenthood and other organizations talking about the potential sale of fetus’ body parts. The group was criticized, pro-abortion groups said there was nothing wrong to be found and the Attorney General of California brought charges for illegal videotaping and recording conversations.

However, claims that nothing illegal was found by the group was proved false last week.Two bioscience companies have reached a $7.785-million settlement with the Orange County district attorney’s office over charges that they illegally sold fetal tissue to companies around the world, prosecutors said Friday.

According to the signed settlement agreement, DV Biologics LLC and DaVinci Biosciences LLC both must cease all operations in California within 60 to 120 days. The agreement also requires the companies to admit liability for violations of state and federal laws prohibiting the sale or purchase of fetal tissue for research purposes, prosecutors said. “These companies will never be able to operate again in Orange County or the state of California,” Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said in a statement.

Prosecutors opened a case in Sept. 2015 after a complaint was submitted by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life advocacy group.

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