Do cosmetics companies use fetal tissue obtained from abortions to help make those wrinkles go away and give your skin that healthy, youthful glow? In at least one case, the answer is an unqualified “yes.” One Swiss company has openly disclosed on their website that a key ingredient in their leading cosmetic product uses aborted fetal tissue, setting off a firestorm within the pro-life community of calls for boycotts of cosmetics companies that use aborted fetal cells in their products.
And you thought this was all just urban legend, right? So did I.
So far there’s no documented evidence that abortionists are selling fetuses to cosmetics companies so they can extract collagen, but the behavior of at least some abortionists seems to leave the question of whether this is happening somewhat open. The American Life League notes that with the easing of restrictions on the uses of fetal tissue under the Clinton Administration not only have public dollars begun to flow into fetal tissue research and product development, but the open market for fetal tissue that has resulted is subject to a disturbing amount of abuse and corruption:
You might recall that a few years ago, 60 Minutes did an expose on the sale of aborted fetal body parts. Life Dynamics Inc. (LDI, a pro-life organization based out of Texas, founded and directed by Mark Crutcher www.prolifeamerica.com) was involved in a “sting operation” that uncovered a market of aborted baby parts for sale. Various body parts obtained at various gestational ages and in various conditions as well as their prices were all listed. In addition, it was revealed that abortionists were altering abortion procedures and re-scheduling their “patients” in order to obtain certain organs or parts at particular stages of development.
(See clinicquotes.com and lifedynamics.com)
So it was just a matter of time before a company such as Neocutis began to “productize” aborted fetal tissue in order to elbow into the enormous multi-billion dollar cosmetics market.
Inspired by fetal skin’s unique properties, Neocutis’ proprietary technology uses cultured fetal skin cells to obtain an optimal, naturally balanced mixture of skin nutrients including cytokines, growth factors and antioxidants.
This mixture is called PSP®, which stands for ‘Processed Skin Cell Proteins’.
Before you slather on that anti-aging cream, you might want to find out whether you’re wiping the remains of murdered infants on your face. Again, from the American Life League:
With some cosmetics, a company may contract with a “researcher” at a particular institution to obtain collagen, a substance found abundantly in the placenta and in umbilical cord. It is used in many “age-defying” skin creams, hence the so-called “fountain of youth” advertising. While fetal collagen is not a necessary ingredient of these products, it is plentiful!
Just as stem cells from umbilical cord blood are a moral alternative to human embryonic stem cells, “live birth” collagen is a moral alternative to that obtained through abortion. Many companies also use calf placenta (you might see “bovine” in the ingredient list) or other animal sources which work just as well.
But, therein also lies the problem. There is no way to be absolutely certain whether a cosmetic company is or is not using aborted fetal material in its products because cosmetics are protected under “Trade Secret” agreements. A consumer can always ask the company directly, but the company does not, under law, have to answer (or answer honestly). All the company has to do is to verify that the FDA has approved the product for safe use by consumers. Unless a company publishes the specific and precise ingredient list of its product, which it probably would not if using fetal material, there is no proof.
Good luck finding out truthful answers here. Not only doesn’t there seem to be a law prohibiting such a practice — given all the hoopla surrounding “stem cell research” and how that was supposed to deliver all these miraculous cures in record time (we’re still waiting on that one) — no one has bothered to actually ensure that embryonic or fetal tissue uses are restricted in any meaningful way, nor that products developed with or containing embryonic or fetal tissue disclose that they do. Yes, that cream might say that it contains collagen or other substances, but unless the company specifically says what the source is for it, it could come from anything.
You know, it would just be a lot simpler if we just stopped in-the-womb infanticide and honored the sanctity of life the way we should.
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