Body Part Sellers Are in Big Trouble

Federal officials this week announced the indictment of 15 people for illegally trafficking body parts.

Officials said the people they charged with this heinous crime treated the body parts like merchandise.

But this isn’t what it seems.

These body parts commanded a handsome price. The entire body fetched as much as $1,200, heads went for $250 and set of wings $900.

Yes, a set of wings . . .

US Attorney Randy Seiler. Associated Press

Those facing federal indictment for illegally trafficking body parts, weren’t selling pieces of aborted babies.

They were selling body parts of eagles. For profit.

AND they are experiencing the full wrath of the American legal system.

US Attorney Randy Seiler said in addition to the indictments there will be significant federal charges to come. And you can expect them to throw the book at them — as well as the kitchen sink. And they should.

But the irony of this situation compared with the sale of aborted baby body parts is astounding.

According to Gareth Davies with, the sellers would kill the birds, hack them to pieces and market them. Davies labeled the lucrative but illegal business venture a “cruel crime ring.”

The charges follow a two-year undercover investigation where, in part, informants posed as buyers to purchase ceremonial fans and eagle feathers from the alleged criminals.

Sellers used code words to disguise their sordid trade by using names of animals and car parts when describing portions of birds.

A ceremonial fan made with eagle feathers.

Seiler called the enterprise a “chop-shop for eagles.” Appalling? Absolutely!

The media response to the slaughter and sale of eagles will no doubt sharply contrast with the near-silent coverage of Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby body parts.

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) conducted a 2½ year undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, exposing a ghastly enterprise of dissecting aborted unborn babies and selling their parts to middlemen. For profit.

Pro-lifers posed as tissue buyers interested in purchasing human body parts to then sell to laboratories and universities for experimentation. The video evidence they uncovered was devastating for Planned Parenthood.

Like those exploiting eagles for financial profit, the individuals dealing in baby body parts made attempts to disguise the true nature of their “product.” During one CMP video, instead of stating they were offering human babies for sale, the parties referred to them as “cases.” Cate Dyer with StemExpress explained that she must take precautions with entities that order baby body parts, relaying the response of some labs. “We need limbs but no hands and feet need to be attached. Make it so that we don’t know what it is. The lab techs freak out and have a meltdown…”

Cate Dyer

You would expect that the evidence revealed by pro-life undercover investigators would be used against the perpetrators who are selling aborted baby body parts.

Officials prosecuting the eagle poachers show us how it should be done. They’re using the evidence collected by those who purchased eagle feathers and fans. However, in the case of the sale of aborted baby body parts, officials have actually turned against the investigative journalists who produced the incriminating video and sided with the profiteers.

The state of California charged CMP staff David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt with 15 federal crimes, including recording conversations and using false identities to infiltrate the abortion industry — both are common techniques used by investigative journalists.

Similar charges were filed against CMP in Texas but proven to be baseless and later dropped.

It comes down to this. Unborn babies lack the political clout enjoyed by America’s eagles, so getting justice for the brutalities leveled against them will be much harder to achieve.

CMP has presented overwhelming evidence that Planned Parenthood, the abortion industry, body part middlemen, laboratories and universities are violating the law by the sale and purchase of human beings. You and I must be a voice for these voiceless victims. We must demand that officials at least do for innocent unborn babies what is being done for eagles.

For the babies,

Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute

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