Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Traffickers Sued

From Life Site:
Two California bioscience companies that illegally trafficked aborted baby body parts for profit have been wallopped with a $7.8-million settlement and told to close shop forever in the Golden State.  DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences were exposed in the summer of 2015 as illegal for-profit fetal parts traffickers in undercover videos taken by the Center for Medical Progress at abortion trade conventions. In September of that year, Orange County’s district attorney’s office began an investigation of its own. It filed suit just over a year later in Orange County Superior Court.

“This settlement seized all profits from DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences, which they acquired by viewing body parts as a commodity and illegally selling fetal tissues for valuable consideration,” District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a statement. “These companies will never be able to operate again in Orange County or the state of California,” he added.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, called the verdict a "major victory for...the entire pro-life movement, and it’s one that we should celebrate.”

“These companies were caught on camera by the Center for Medical Progress — an organization which I helped to co-found — and now they’re being held accountable for breaking state law,” he said in a statement. “This is an outcome I have been praying for, and the Lord heard our prayers,” he added. 

Prosecutors accused both companies of illegal and fraudulent business practices. Terms of the $7.785-million settlement signed Monday include both research companies closing within 60-120 days. Both must also admit criminal liability for violating state and federal laws. The legal complaint charged DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences with selling brain tissue from aborted babies around the world for up to $1,100 per vial.

D.A. Rackauckas explained, “This lawsuit is aimed at taking the profit out of selling body parts.” Prosecutors accused the companies of jacking up prices above what actual costs were. The companies hired sales and marketing experts to push “product.”  Staff was paid on commission, even for doubling the charges for packing, handling, and shipping. (Read more.)

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