Newly released emails gathered by Judicial Watch, “a conservative, non-partisan education foundation,” shares gruesome details about how researchers handle the aborted remains of preborn babies used for scientific research.

“Yes, we were absolutely heartbroken.” While this statement could reflect a woman’s decision to have an abortion or a couple’s despair over a miscarriage, it doesn’t. This is how a researcher refers to the remains of preborn babies who were accidentally X-rayed by FedEx and deemed unusable for research.

The email, written by Dr. Kristina Howard, a Food and Drug Administration research veterinary medical officer, goes on to say, “They were beautiful tissues and to lose them like that was awful. I already spoke with FedEx and indicated the damage occurred was due to their employee and they said all you need to do is file a claim for the price of the items shipped, and of course reimbursement of the shipping costs.”

That remains of a human being could be degraded to simply being “beautiful tissue” instead of a beautiful and unique life is heartbreaking. This email also shows potentially illegal activity. While the abortion business and tissue transporters can recoup shipping and storage costs of the remains, the bodies themselves cannot be sold for a profit as they are donations and cannot technically be sold for a price

But it gets worse.

In another part of the email thread, Advanced Bioscience Resources procurement manager Perrin Larton also stated his frustration. “DAMN…they were wonderful tissues. I procured them! I’m training a new tech in Minneapolis and I told her how important it is to put the DO NOT X-RAY stickers on the package. Of course if you have an IMBECILE on the FedEx side…but then, that’s a moot point.” (author emphasis)

A different email thread shows Howard requesting the sex information about the preborns.

“Hi Perrin, I wanted to check with your records on the sex of the tissue we received today. It was Liver #4505.”

Perrin responded, “The techs were not able to identify the gender. We only can check external genitalia and if it’s not there…due to the nature of the termination process…we have no way of telling.”

“Hi Perrin, Thank you for explaining that to me. I can save some leftover cells to sex it,” Howard said.

To anyone who’s ever called the abortion process “beautiful,” this email should result in some deep introspection.

The emails also show the desperation of researchers to get their hands on whatever preborn remains that they can, even complaining that the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah delayed procurement and shipment.

In another exchange with Howard, Perrin explains, “We were unable to procure for you today. We will have your request on the schedule next week.”

Howard asks, “We are not on the schedule for possible Saturday delivery?” Perrin confirms that it’s possible.

Later on in the email thread, Perrin gives Howard some good news. “We did get tissue for you today. Is it to be addressed for you to pick up at the station?”

“Yay!” Howard replied. “Happy to hear the tissue is available. By chance do you know how many weeks it is?”

Perrin answers, “The specimen is 15 weeks. Due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday…the clinics were closed yesterday…so no real large tissue today.”

“Understood. I didn’t realize the holiday would interfere with clinic operations. Thanks again for getting the tissue!

“We didn’t either…but…many of the doctors are Jewish!”

These conversations can seem almost mundane, as if it’s about any other product shipment, but it’s not. These people are discussing the aborted remains of babies, human beings, who are being treated with the same anticipation as the latest Amazon delivery.

It’s disturbing and grotesque to treat the lives of another human with such a cavalier attitude. Though supposedly none of these tissue procurement or shipment companies are making profit off this practice, it’s difficult to determine whether that’s the case or not. One email shows a single shipment cost $12,000, and it’s nearly impossible to figure out if the letter of the law, when it comes to aborted remains, was followed or not.

The business of procuring and transporting preborn aborted remains thrives off murkiness and backroom dealings, and the government should take the appropriate steps and eliminate any scientific research utilizing preborn remains. Oftentimes, women are manipulated or pressured into an abortion, and would likely be deeply disturbed to later learn about how the remains of their children were treated by those in the scientific field.

But that’s not going to happen, at least for the next four years. New Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra recently reversed several restrictions on using aborted preborn tissue put in place by the previous administration.

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