2 Biomedical Firms Admit to Profiting From Fetal Tissue Sales in Settlement

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A pro-life campaigner holds up a model of a 12-week-old embryo during a protest. (Photo/REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

December 13, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Pro-life advocates declare victory over medical companies in California accused of trafficking fetal tissues.

Two bio-science companies at the center of an undercover investigation have admitted to illegally profiting off the sale of fetal tissue in a recent settlement.

The agreement requires sister companies Davinci Biosciences and DV Biologics located in Southern California to permanently close all business operations in the golden state within the next 120-days.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced his office is filing a civil lawsuit against Davinci Biosciences 22667 Old Canal Road in Yorba Linda on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. (Photo by Ken Steinhardt, Orange County Register/SCNG)

In addition, they must donate nearly eight million dollars worth of their adult tissue samples to an unnamed medical school, and pay the county nearly $200,000 in civil penalties.

The decision comes after the Center for Medical Progress first raised concerns about the group’s business practices back in 2016.

The pro-life organization had released video evidence of Da Vinci Biosciences partnering with a Planned Parenthood affiliate to sell fetal tissues.

Reports reveal the biomedical firms sold the organs of unborn children including hearts, brains, and kidneys to research facilities across the globe.

Profiting from the sale of fetal products is illegal under both state and federal law.

However, prosecutors say the sister companies hired marketing consultants to offer special “summer sales” and other promotional discounts to do just that.

Employees were even incentivized to mark-up prices in what officials call a “profit-driven” business.

Prominent pro-life advocates have since spoken out in support of the lawsuit’s outcome, saying Davinci Biosciences and DV Biologics are finally being held accountable for breaking the law.