t’s a new bombshell in the scandal that horrified Americans as they learned unborn babies had their body parts harvested and sold around the world: the discovery that Hillary Clinton’s State Department granted favorable treatment to a family involved in the harvesting.
The federal agency expedited the immigration of the Isaias family, whose ownership of the DaVinci Biosciences and DV Biologics companies made headlines again recently when the district attorney in Orange County brought a criminal lawsuit against them.
The baby body-parts trade was highlighted in 2015 in a series of hidden-camera videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, or CMP.
CMP said that for eight years, Planned Parenthood “supplied aborted baby hearts, lungs, brains, and intestines to DV Biologics, which DV Biologics then resold for profit.”
“In exchange for merely providing access to aborted baby body parts, Planned Parenthood received kickback contributions from DaVinci Biosciences over the course of their eight-year contract,” CMP said.
“The wheels of justice are beginning to turn against Planned Parenthood and their corrupt business partners in the illicit trade in aborted baby body parts. Planned Parenthood is not above the law, and law enforcement and elected representatives everywhere must now hold Planned Parenthood accountable for their barbaric profiteering off of pregnant women and the body parts of their aborted children.”
Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America said the Orange County district attorney “should be commended for suing Planned Parenthood’s business partners.
“Hopefully this lawsuit is the beginning of the unraveling of the entire for-profit fetal tissue industry, one that Planned Parenthood has played a key role in for years,” Hawkins said.
The details of the Isaias’ family’s links to the Obama administration and Clinton’s State Department were investigated by the pro-life group Operation Rescue, whose president, Troy Newman, is on the board of the Center for Medical Progress.
OR reported, under the headline “‘Pay to Slay:’ Foreign crime family reached Hillary Clinton for immigration favors so they could run a baby parts harvesting business,” the Isaias brothers – Roberto, William and Estefano Sr – “sought asylum in the U.S. in 2008, after looting millions of dollars from an Ecuadorian bank.”
They and family members now are listed as principals of the two California companies targeted by prosecutors.
“During that time, the family made hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions to Democratic and Republican political campaigns. Family members gave roughly $300,000 to Democrat politicians alone and reached out to Hillary Clinton thru (sic) her aide, Cheryl Mills,” the report said. “In return, the family received favorable treatment from the Obama administration and State Department under Clinton, which expedited their immigration into the U.S.”
It cited documentation from the New York Times, which profiled the “wealthy brothers” in 2014.
“The two men, Roberto and William Isaias are fugitives from Ecuador, which has angrily pressed Washington to turn them over, to no avail,” the Times said. “A year after their relatives gave $90,000 to help re-elect Mr. Obama, the administration rejected Ecuador’s extradition request for the men, fueling accusations that such donations were helping to keep the brothers and their families safely on America soil.”
The report explained the brothers were sentenced in absentia in Ecuador to eight years in prison for a “scheme to run a bank into the ground by making loans to businesses they controlled and then presenting false balance sheets to get bailout funds. Ecuador says it lost more than $400 million.”
Their donations, actually from the fugitives’ spouses and children, went to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and others, the report said.
Operation Rescue said the Clinton-led State Department “resisted numerous requests by Ecuador to extradite the Isaias brothers back to their native country to face punishment.”
The two companies now are facing a claim from District Attorney Tony Rackauckas for $1.6 million for profiting from the illegal sale of aborted baby remains, OR said.
“Some call the buying of influence ‘Pay to Play’ or “Pay to Stay,’ In the case of the Isaias family, I call it ‘Pay to Slay,’” said Newman.
The case contends that the Isaias companies “had no problem procuring on a regular basis tissue of aborted babies, including hearts, lungs, kidneys, brains, intestines, skeletal muscle and bones.”
“The tissue and often stem cells derived from the tissue was marked up ten times over costs, and sometimes more, creating a profitable revenue stream for the Isaias family,” OR said.
Hawkins commented that if a California district attorney “can file suit for illegally profiting off of baby body parts, there’s no excuse for law enforcement in other parts of the country not to do their jobs and put a stop to this criminal activity.”
CMP originally reported, when the video was released, on a conversation between Jennifer Russo of the Planned Parenthood organization and undercover journalists from CMP.
“Russo confirms that her Planned Parenthood affiliate is currently working with a local biotech company to supply aborted fetal body parts: ‘Yeah, it’s DaVinci,’ she states. DaVinci Biosciences, LLC, and its sister company, DV Biologics, LLC, are located in Orange County, CA and have been partnered with the local Planned Parenthood affiliate since 2008. Planned Parenthood Orange & San Bernardino Counties’ 2008 Annual Report lists Da Vinci Biosciences as one of the major financial donors to the abortion group,” CMP said.
Russo said, “They take the whole specimen.”
Invoices revealed Da Vinci Biosciences charged $350 for fetal liver, $500 for fetal thymus and $750 for fetal brain.
But CMP said the sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.”
The local Orange County Register reported the case was brought in Orange County Superior Court and alleges the companies “advertised and sold hundreds of units of fetal tissue and stem cells to research facilities around the world, collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue.”
Rackauckas said, according to the paper, that the companies treated human parts as commodities.
“This case is not about whether it should be lawful to sell fetal parts or whether fetal tissue research is ethical or legal,” he said in the report. “This lawsuit is aimed at taking the profit out of selling body parts.”
In the first undercover video released by CMP, Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on crushing babies.
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” she said.