Federal authorities are trying to figure out what to do with a mass of aborted baby body parts they recently discovered at a biotechnology firm in Michigan, the owner of which is currently serving a nine-year prison sentence for deceiving customers about infected human remains.
International Biological Inc., located in Detroit, is a biotech firm that deals in human remains for research purposes, so it’s to be expected that human body parts will be present within its walls. But investigators believe that the remains of four second-trimester babies they discovered may have been collected from abortion procedures in violation of the law.
Arthur Rathburn, the owner of International Biological, and the man currently serving prison time for other crimes, recently had his offices and warehouses raided, during which agents identified the body parts of these tiny infants.
None of this was mentioned during Rathburn’s trial, and now that it’s over, authorities are wondering what to do with the remains.
“FBI evidence lockers and freezers now contain the gruesome evidence, an undisclosed number of bodies, heads, arms, legs, organs, torsos, and apparently, fetuses,” local news outlet, MLive.com reported.
“Officials haven’t said what will happen with those human remains, but on Tuesday, June 5, federal prosecutors filed a request for a court order to cremate the body parts and return ashes to the respective families.”
When he was still in business, Rathburn reportedly rented out body parts that were infected with diseases like HIV, hepatitis, and sepsis, as well as illegally transporting hazardous materials to at least 140 clients between the years of 2000 and 2013.
And for this crime he is now paying the price of justice. But many are wondering whether he might deserve an even harsher punishment for potentially having obtained baby fetal tissue illegally.
“We want to know if he bought these babies from an abortion clinic, which may have violated our old state law at the time,” stated Chris Gast, a spokesman for Right to Life of Michigan, during the opening day of Rathburn’s trial.
“The evidence may also shed additional light on ongoing issues regarding fetal tissue research.
“Even if these babies were stillborn and Rathburn got them from a hospital, there still may be violations of state law. Out of human decency, the parents of these children have the same right to know as the families of all of the other people whose bodies were handled so grotesquely.”
Was Rathburn a customer of Planned Parenthood, which may have illegally sold him aborted baby body parts?
It’s all disturbingly reminiscent of the evil activities taking place at Planned Parenthood that were exposed by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life organization that conducted a vast undercover investigation into felony crimes being committed by the nation’s largest abortion provider.
In case you somehow missed it, Planned Parenthood was outed for illegally selling aborted baby body parts like the kind recently found at Rathburn’s biotech firm.
Planned Parenthood employees were exposed for collecting this fetal tissue and selling it for cash to firms just like Rathburn’s, suggesting that he may have been one of Planned Parenthood’s customers.
“Companies can receive compensation for the costs of storing and transporting human remains to medical groups for research and training,” writes Micaiah Bilger for LifeNews.com.
“But it appears that Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses allegedly used this loophole to profit from the sales of aborted baby body parts.”
Whether or not Rathburn had any ties to Planned Parenthood remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Rathburn is appealing his sentence and conviction, apparently believing that he didn’t do anything wrong.