VIDEO: [VOA] Medical researchers argue that the use of so-called ‘foetal tissue’ is essential to their work. However, an anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women’s health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. [Aug. 28, 2015]
But it is not StemExpress that is on trial. The criminal proceedings were part of the preliminary hearing of David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, investigative journalists from the Center for Medical Progress, who were charged with revealing the heinous practice in 2015. Both have been charged with 14 felony counts of videotaping conversations without consent in connection with exposing the role Planned Parenthood and StemExpress played in the scandal over the selling of baby body parts.
In riveting testimony for the defense, Dr. Deisher, who holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University School of Medicine, told the court that to be harvested for research, a baby’s heart “has to be beating and be arrested in a relaxed position by perfusing it with a potassium solution.… To be useful for research, the heart requires energy to relax after contracting, and if it runs out of energy, it is useless for research.”
To clarify, the attorney for the defense asked Deisher, “The fetal heart would have to be alive when dissected from the fetus?” Deisher responded affirmatively saying that “it has to be beating.” The study protocol — which was approved by the Stanford University Institutional Review Board — describes the way in which “human fetal hearts provided by StemExpress, Diamond Springs, California, were perfused using a Langendorff apparatus using Tyrode solution containing collagenase and protease.” The published study (attached here) makes it clear that StemExpress provided the hearts and uses the Langendorff apparatus to enable the research.
In an interview for LifeSiteNews, Deisher said that in order to obtain a heart for a Langendorff apparatus, the organ harvesters “would cut open the baby’s chest and they would take the still-beating heart out and drop it in a buffer with potassium.… Anyone involved in the field would know this is the case. Of course, if the heart isn’t beating, they can’t get any of these cells, it’s impossible, technologically impossible.… Nobody wants a stopped heart.”
This article continues at [WorldNetDaily] Stanford using beating hearts of aborted baby