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For decades, American universities have been using fetal body parts in their research.
In tonight's In-Depth Report, Church Militant's Kristine Christlieb gives the details of a six-year struggle to expose this type of research at a Seattle university.
Alisyn Camerota, coanchor, CNN New Day: "It appears that there's some sort of negotiation going on, and what Planned Parenthood says is that it's about the transfer of fetal tissue to biotech companies for research."
On Tuesday, a pro-life activist and undercover reporter successfully forced a taxpayer-funded university to release documents related to its use of fetal tissue in their lab research.
David Daleiden reached a settlement agreement with the University of Washington and a variety of other plaintiffs.
In 2016, Daleiden filed a Washington Public Records Act request for the release of documents related to taxpayer-funded experiments on aborted fetuses at the university's birth defects research laboratory.
Daleiden, the University of Washington and associated individuals from the university and Planned Parenthood all reached an agreement allowing the requested documents to be released.
According to a press release from Daleiden's organization, The Center for Medical Progress, the request was looking to document the relationship between the University of Washington and abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
Daleiden was also hoping to make public documents that would show the approval of fetal experimentation projects, the volume of business and kinds of fetal organs harvested and the National Institutes of Health's involvement in fetal experimentation
Daleiden famously went undercover in 2015, posing as a vendor at an abortion providers' convention, where he recorded Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sales value of aborted baby parts.
In 2015, the Seattle Times described the university lab as a "federally funded hub for the collection and distribution of tissues for research, obtained from miscarriages, stillbirths and abortions — including, recently, donations from a Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington state."
Cecile Richards, former president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America: "The allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true."
Since 1964, the University of Washington's birth defects research laboratory had been quietly going about its grisly business — until David Daleiden came along. Thanks to his records request, we will learn precisely what it was up to all those years.
In the year Daleiden filed his document request, the National Institutes of Health spent $76 million on fetal tissue research.