December 6, 2022

Tracing the finances of abortion

Inconclusive, but useful
In
the endless debate over abortion, finances are not a leading topic. But it is
one which ought to be asked, as it might be possible to identify commercial
interests in the billion-dollar industry which influence the debate. A
licentiate thesis at the Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum by a San
Francisco woman, Victoria Evans, has brought much of the inconclusive evidence
together – although without successfully tracing the money trail from beginning
to end.

Two
sources of profit are often targeted in discussions of this sort: the profits
on abortion procedures at clinics, and the profits on foetal body parts,
anti-ageing cosmetics using foetal tissue, and drug industry research using
foetal tissue. Roberts reviews evidence – most of it from the media. You can
download the thesis, Commercial Markets Created by Abortion:
Profiting from the Fetal Distribution Chain, here.
In an interview with Catholic
San Francisco
, she said:

“I wanted to come up with a body of
knowledge that nobody else had thought of before. In following the money and
seeing who gets paid for what and how much they get paid, and how unregulated
these areas are, I found a lot of facts that a lot of people wouldn’t have
noticed or wouldn’t have thought to look for.”



Michael Cook