Julie Gunnigle has pledged not to enforce Arizona’s 15-week abortion ban
Josh Christenson • September 15, 2022 5:45 p.m.
A George Soros-backed candidate for district attorney in Arizona has teamed up with abortion providers who may have circumvented federal law to sell fetal organs for profit and joked about late-term abortions.
Julie Gunnigle, Democratic candidate for Maricopa County Attorney, hosted a 2020 campaign event with Camelback Family Planning, an abortion clinic that harvested and sold organs from “maternal blood” and “liver and thymus” from 2010 to 2015. A 1993 federal law prohibits the sale of fetal organs for profit.
Gunnigle has also raised funds multiple times since 2021 for Desert Star Family Planning, whose founder and president was filmed in 2014 discussing fetal organ harvesting and joking that she needs to “go to the gym so that his “biceps” could abort older fetuses. more than 20 weeks. Both clinics endorsed Gunnigle’s campaign.
Gunnigle’s ties to controversial abortion clinics are the latest issue that could hurt his candidacy in Arizona. His campaign platform also pledges to prosecute the police under a special division and dismiss minor criminal offences, the Free Washington Beacon reported. Gunnigle took $6,550 last quarter from Way to Lead PAC, to which Soros’s Democracy PAC contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A Gunnigle campaign spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.
Camelback Family Planning sold $1,200 worth of fetal organs to StemExpress between 2010 and 2015, according to a 2016 US House Energy and Commerce Committee investigative report. Dr David Prentice of the Charlotte Lozier Institute told the Free tag that although federal law is “porous”, Camelback and the other clinics under investigation likely violated the law.
Camelback is no stranger to controversy. In 2012, a clinic worker was caught coaching a mother to circumvent Arizona law to abort a fetus based on her gender. Gabrielle Goodrick, who founded the clinic in 1999, lost her medical license in 2016 for misusing fentanyl she stole from the office.
Gunnigle has repeatedly promised, if elected, not to prosecute abortions under the 15-week abortion ban Gov. Doug Ducey (R.) signed into law in March. Gunnigle encouraged others to support abortion by donating to Desert Star Family Planning.
Desert Star founder DeShawn Taylor was recorded discussing the need to keep fetuses “intact” for organ harvesting. Taylor, the former medical director of Planned Parenthood Arizona, also insinuated that Desert Star failed to provide medical care to aborted fetuses that showed signs of life, a violation of Arizona law.
“In Arizona, if the fetus comes out with signs of life, we’re supposed to transport it,” Taylor said, calling the law a “mess.” Taylor noted that she “pays attention to who’s in the room” in determining when to treat fetuses that survive abortions.
Desert Star Family Planning performed 666 abortions in 2020, according to the Arizona Department of Health.