- by Missy Smith
WAKEUP was founded on December 8, 1999 when the news of the trafficking of baby body parts was reported on in the secular press. The Washington Times reported that a fetal tissue technician, Dean Alberti, stated he worked for a broker named “Opening Lines,” filling orders from pharmaceutical companies, universities and research labs for baby body parts. In his testimony before a House Commerce Committee, Alberti said profits were made from the sale of baby body parts and that abortions were performed in such a way that the bodies of babies were left intact to preserve their research value. A price list giving the price for each baby body part was available for buyers to select from.
The information in this article was hair-raising to say the least and it propelled me into pro-life activism in a big way. Soon there was a 20-20 newsmagazine program segment with Chris Wallace on the trafficking of baby body parts and the next day hearings were held by the House Commerce Committee based on congressional evidence. House Commerce Committee Chairman Tom Bliley, appearing on 20-20, said that since first learning of the trade, his committee had gathered enough evidence to determine that an illegal trade in fetal body parts has flourished in the United States since 1996, the year President Clinton issued an executive order lifting the ban on fetal tissue research.
I was joined by four other equally horrified women who came together to pray for direction. Within moments we were inspired with the acronym WAKEUP (Women Against the Killing and Exploitation of Unprotected Persons). We said ”Enough was enough!” We had to bring down ‘the code of silence’ that surrounded what Senator Bob Smith (R. NH) stated on the floor of the senate was the “dirty little secret of the abortion industry.”
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