Resolved: Planned Parenthood was legally unjustified in the transaction of fetal tissue.
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Planned Parenthood: the U.S. affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) - and is a non-profit organization that provides reproductive health and maternal and child health services.
transaction: an exchange of goods, services, or funds
justified: show or prove to be right or reasonable
legally: of or relating to law
1. Pro instigates, posts entire set-up (definitions, this, etc.)/Con posts acceptance *only*
2. Pro opens/Con opens
3. Pro rebuts/Con rebuts
4. Pro closes and rebuts/Con closes and rebuts
*no new contentions/arguments shall be put in the last round.
So now for my argument
To win this debate I have to prove that Planned Parenthood did not break any laws in transaction of fetal tissue.
I do not have to prove it was right to do, nor that is it ethical. I have to prove it is legal. If I do that then I win the debate.
This is all in a framework that abortion is legal and not an issue. If you disagree that is grounds for a different debate, but for now all we are talking about is whether the transaction is legal or not.
Now for my argument
Let's take a look at what Planned Parenthood does. They preform legal abortions, which they then have an option. They can dispose of the fetus' or they can do something with them. They chose to do something with them. They transfer the fetal tissue to researches for the sake of discovery within the field of stem cell research. 
While this may seem very gruesome and absolutely horrible to many of you I would like to point out that if this would not done the tissue would be destroyed and not used for anything. If it is donated it gives a potential to new discoveries in medicine that has the potential to save millions. Whether you agree with the abortions or not, I think it is fair to find a common ground that if abortion is done that this research should take place so the abortion would not happen in vain.
Now let's look at what this debate should really be about, the legality of it all.
A few legal codes seem relevant in this debate, so let's take a look at them
First let's take a look at 42 U.S. Code 274e: https://www.law.cornell.edu......... . This law prohibits the sale of human organs for transplantation if a profit is made. This excludes donations which is legal.
Now because no human transplantation occurs and instead it is used for medical research this practices does not violate the law.
Now let's look at 42 U.S. Code 289g-2 https://www.law.cornell.edu......... This law states that fetal tissue can not be sold or received if the goal is to make a profit. This law also clearly states that it is legal for the one who donated the tissue to receive monetary payment to cover costs of the donation. This includes things such as storage or transportation.
So to conclude: The law explicitly states that being paid for the fetal tissue is 100% legal when the price covers the cost of the donation.
So according to the framework of the debate if Planned Parenthood uses the money gained from sale of fetal tissue to pay for the cost of donation the resolution is affirmed and I win the debate.
Now if we look at a statement from Planned Parenthood that is exactly what they are doing. To quote an article "In the video the representative from Planned Parenthood (PP) makes it clear that the clinics "do not want to be perceived as, "This clinic is selling tissue, this clinic is making money off of this."" Provided that the price set by the clinics is considered "reasonable payment" for the services listed above, the PP affiliates are likely not violating any federal laws." 
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Vote Placed by whiteflame 1 year ago
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