Products That Use Aborted Fetuses

Products That Use Aborted Fetuses

By |2020-07-29T09:49:03-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Abortion|Tags: , , , |

Do some products contain fetal parts? The short gruesome answer: Yes.

Today’s consumer products are not the soap and lampshades of recycled Nazi concentration camp victims. The new utilitarian use of people is a sophisticated enterprise, not visible to the human eye.

Fetal Parts in Daily Life

Perhaps you are a diligent supporter and promoter of pro-life legislation, only vote for pro-life candidates, avoid entertainment from musicians and actors who openly support Planned Parenthood. Regardless, you may unwittingly be cooperating in aborted fetal cell research by purchasing products that use aborted fetuses, either in the product itself or in its development.

One might take Enbrel (Amgen) to relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis. Your husband was given Zoastavax (Merck), a Shingles vaccine, at his annual physical. Your mother with diabetes and renal failure is prescribed Arensep (Amgen). Your grandfather is given the blood product Repro (Eli Lilly) during an angioplasty. The local school district requires that your grandchildren receive the MMRII (the Merck Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine). Your daughter and son use coffee creamers and eat soup with artificial flavor enhancers (Senomyx/Firmenich) tested on artificial taste buds engineered from aborted fetal cells.

Because of the vagary of FDA labeling, unless you are proficient at reading patents and pharmaceutical inserts you wouldn’t know aborted fetal parts were there without someone to tell you.

there are some products that use aborted fetuses

Luckily, that someone is the watchdog group Children of God for Life (COG), a pro-life public citizen group which tracks the use of aborted fetal parts. Under the leadership of Executive Director Debi Vinnedge, COG publishes a downloadable list of products that use aborted fetuses currently available in the U.S.

Download the list here.

Products That Use Aborted Fetuses

Products related to fetal material can be broken down into roughly 3 categories: artificial flavors, cosmetics, and medicines/vaccines.

1. Food and Drink

To be clear, food and beverages do not contain any aborted fetal material; however, they may be tastier because of it. How is that?

nestle coffee creamer

The American biotech company Senomyx has developed chemical additives that can enhance flavor and smell. To do this, they had to produce an army of never-tiring taste testers–that is, flavor receptors engineered from human embryonic kidney cells (HEK 293, fetal cell line popular in pharmaceutical research).1 These artificial taste buds can tell product developers which products the public will crave. The goal is to do a taste bud “sleight of hand,” creating low-sugar and low-sodium products that taste sweet or salty while actually using less sugar or sodium in the product.

Does your Nestle Coffee-mate Pumpkin Spice refrigerated creamer taste more like autumn? Does your Maggi bouillon taste just like chicken? Thank Senomyx.

The laboratory-created artificial enhancers do not have to be tested at length by the FDA because the Senomyx chemical “flavor compounds are used in proportions less than one part per million” and can be classified as artificial flavors.2

In 2005, Senomyx had contracts to develop products for Kraft Foods, Nestle, Campbell Soup and Coca-Cola.2 However, when it was discovered in 2011 that PepsiCo was using Senomyx to develop a reduced sugar beverage, a boycott ensued that caused Kraft-Cadbury Adams LLC and Campbell Soup cancelled their contracts with Senomyx. In a 2012 letter to Children of God for Life, PepsiCo stated, “Senomyx does not use HEK cells or any other tissues or cell lines derived from human embryos or fetuses for research performed on behalf of PepsiCo.” To that effect, PepsiCo is working with Senomyx on two products developed with Sweetmyx 617, a new Senomyx sweet taste modifier.

In November 2018, the Swiss company Firmenich acquired Senomyx, Inc. Firmenich describes itself as “a global leader in taste innovation and expert in sweet, cooling and bitter solutions.”

2. Cosmetics

The fountain of youth…is babies.

Commercially, it’s known as Processed Skin Proteins (PSP), developed at the University of Lausanne to heal burns and wounds by regenerating traumatized skin. The fetal skin cell line was taken from an electively aborted baby whose body was donated to the University.

Neocutis, a San Francisco-based firm, uses PSP in some of their anti-aging skin products. Their website claims the trademarked PSP “harnesses the power of Human Growth Factors, Interleukins and other Cytokines, to help deliver state-of-the-art skin revitalization.”

3. Vaccines and Medicine

The Vaccine Card at the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute (SCPI) website lists over 21 vaccines and medical products that contain aborted fetal cell lines. The Card is updated yearly, and also lists ethical vaccine alternatives when there are any. The morality of using these vaccines is a complicated issue; see this article for more detailed information.

SCPI is a biomedical research organization headed by Theresa Deisher, who has a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford and 23 patents in the field to her name.  Dr. Deisher, the first person to identify and patent stem cells from the adult heart, has an insiders understanding of genetic engineering having worked in the industry leaders such as Amgen, Genetech, and Repligen.3

Among other things SCPI “promotes awareness about the widespread use of fetal human material in drug discovery, development and commercialization.”

No vaccine product is completely pure: “You will find contaminating DNA and cellular debris from the production cell in your final product. When we switch from using animal cells to using human cells we now have human DNA in our vaccines and our drugs.”3

The problem is three-fold. Aborted fetal parts are used for experiments, aborted fetal cell lines are used, and fetal cellular DNA debris are in vaccines and medicines.

But it is not just human DNA that is left over, so are some of the chemical stabilizers that keep the product from degrading, as well as, stimulants to rev up the immune system.

Vaccines are a virus that have been put into a vial, in a liquid, which is the buffer, which we call excipients, and companies have put in stabilizers so that the virus won’t degrade and other things that kind of rev up your immune system so that they can use lower amounts of the virus and have a greater profit margin. And immune stimulants are things like aluminum and thimerosal, they are stabilizers but they rev up the immunes system, so all of these things are in the final product, including contaminates from the cell lines that are used to manufacture the vaccines.4

Why aren’t the contaminates removed? Because nobody wants a pediatric vaccine that costs a few thousand dollars.5

In finance, the yield is inversely related to the price. In chemistry, the yield is inversely related to purity. The price of inexpensive mass-produced vaccines is that the medical establishment accepts that the vaccines contain a high amount of fetal contaminates.

If they have purified out the containments from the cell lines, the yield would be so low that they wouldn’t make any money, or no one would pay a thousand dollars or ten thousand dollars for a vaccine. And so because of that case remnants from the cell lines, in that case, fetal cell lines are in the final product. And they are at actually very high levels. And in the chicken pox, the fetal DNA contaminates are present at twice the levels of the active ingredient which is Varicella DNA.4

The Fetal Tissue Marketplace

Much research is currently being done with fetal cells.

scientific instruments

We know this because, for one, there’s a market for fetal parts. In a series of undercover videos, David Daleiden of The Center for Medical Progress exposed Planned Parenthood abortion clinics selling fetal parts to investigators posing as and medical researchers. And for his efforts his office was raided in 2016 by then California Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a Senator.6 Daleiden is currently being pursued in court by current California Attorney General, and former Democrat California Congressman, Xavier Becerra.

We already knew this was happening from the testimony of scientists themselves. On January 11, 2018, professor emeritus Dr. Stanley Plotkin, the lead developer of the Rubella vaccine for the Wistar Institute (Philadelphia) in the 1960s, was deposed as an expert witness on Vaccinology in a Michigan child custody case. Dr. Plotkin was asked how many aborted fetuses he has used in his experiments:

QUESTION: So in your, in all of your work related to vaccines throughout your whole career, you’ve only ever worked with two fetuses?

PLOTKIN: In terms of making vaccines, yes.

But after being presented with Exhibit 41 (Proceedings of the Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine), the two fetuses involved in his experiment grows exponentially to 76 aborted fetuses.

QUESTION: So this study involved 74 fetuses, correct?

PLOTKIN: Seventy-six.

QUESTION: And these fetuses were all three months or older when aborted, correct? PLOTKIN: Yes.

A true enough response. Fetal cells, for that matter all normal cells, have a finite capacity to replicate following the principle of cellular aging. The vaccine trail needed many cell lines in order to achieve its end. 

An interesting aside: during questioning Dr. Plotkin answered affirmatively that some of his subjects for experimental vaccine trials had been children of “mothers in prison,” the mentally ill, and “individuals under colonial rule” [Belgian Congo].

Dr. Theresa Deisher first became aware of the introduction of fresh aborted fetal material in drug discovery in 1996. Fresh fetal parts are a time-saver compared to the days spent washing and prepping animal tissue, like monkey hearts, for laboratory experiments. While it is not legal to sell aborted fetal tissue, it is still available in catalogues and comes with high prices for shipping and handling.


A Better Option

According to Dr. David A. Prentice Vice, President of the Charlotte Lozier Institute and Adjunct Professor of Molecular Genetics at the John Paul II Institute, adult stem cells are the benchmark for research that has led to actual cures for patients: “The superiority of adult stem cells in the clinic and the mounting evidence supporting their effectiveness in regeneration and repair make adult stem cells the gold standard of stem cells for patients.”

Then why are we still using embryonic cell lines when adult stem cells have become the Gold Standard? There seems to be little excuse for products that use aborted fetuses.

embryonic stem cells

embryonic stem cells

U.S. Policy on Products That Use Aborted Fetuses

On the 20th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 1993, President Clinton signed five abortion-related memorandums which included the reversal of the George H. W. Bush era moratorium on creating new fetal tissue for research, claiming at the time, “This moratorium has significantly hampered the development of possible treatments for individuals afflicted with serious diseases and disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and leukemia.”

While a bio-ethics debate transfixed the country in 2006 as to whether the United States would allow the use of new aborted fetal stem cells in research [see White House Fact Sheet on Stem Cell Research Policy], the medical research community had already decided that the future lay with human-animal hybrids and new aborted fetal cell lines. According to a statement submitted to the President’s Bioethics Council:

Aborted human DNA in our vaccines is not the end, it is only the beginning, as the creation of human-animal hybrids demonstrates. A new aborted fetal cell line has been developed, called PerC6, and licenses have been taken by over 50 partners, including the NIH and the Walter Reed Army Institute, to use this cell line for new vaccine and biologics production. The goal of the company that created the PerC6 is to become the production cell line for ALL vaccines, therapeutics antibodies, biologic drugs and gene therapy.3

And this has largely come to pass.

In 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services granted a second 90-day extension to a contract it has with the University of California at San Francisco that requires UCSF to make “humanized mice” for on-going AIDS research. The human fetal tissue comes from late-term abortions.

CNSNews reported that “according to an estimate it has published on its website, the National Institutes of Health (which is a division of HHS) will spend $95 million this fiscal year alone on research that–like UCSF’s “humanized mouse” contract–uses human fetal tissue.”

Read about how the Trump administration limited the sale of fetal parts.

Stop Ebola? Prevent Zika Virus? Cure AIDS? Look for more, not fewer, aborted fetal products in the future.


[1] Melanie Warner, “Pepsi’s Bizarro World: Boycotted Over Embryonic Cells Linked to Lo-Cal Soda.” CBS News Moneywatch. June 3, 2011.

[2] Melanie Warner, “Food Companies Test Flavorings That Can Mimic Sugar, Salt or MSG.” New York Times. April 6, 2005.

[3] Theresa A. Deisher, PhD. “Testimony on Conscience Rights Related to Biologic Drug Disclosure and Alternative Drugs.” President’s Council on Bioethics Archive. Georgetown University. September 8, 2008.

[4]Dr. Theresa Deisher Guelph, Ontario Canada June 23, 2018.” Vaccine Choice Canada published on YouTube. August 2, 2018.

[5] The National Vaccine Injury Act was signed in 1986 so that manufactures wouldn’t raise the price of vaccines due to injury lawsuits. Robert Pear, “Reagan Signs Bill on Drug Exports and Payment for Vaccine Injuries.” New York Times. November 15, 1986.

[6] Paige St. John. “Kamala Harris’ support for Planned Parenthood draws fire after raid on anti-abortion activist.” Los Angeles Times. April 7, 2016.

King of Vaccines Comes Clean!” The HighWire with Del Bigtree. Youtube. Published January 17, 2009.

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About the Author:

Writer Andrea Byrnes was the first producer of U.S. March for Life coverage at EWTN Global Catholic Network, which she continued to supervise for seven years. She attended her first HLI conference in 1989, where she first met Servant of God Dr. Jerome Lejeune. She and her husband would later pray for Lejeune’s intercession for her son’s health difficulties discovered before birth, and thanks be to God, he is thriving.


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    Jill bischoff May 26, 2019 at 8:07 PM - Reply


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    mary habisohn May 30, 2019 at 1:19 PM - Reply


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    Victress Jenkins May 30, 2019 at 6:04 PM - Reply

    This information should be widely available to the public. It’s understandable why parents won’t allow their children to be vaccinated, even without the threat of various diseases[autism to name one] the public should also be given information on which vaccines do NOT contain aborted fetuses.

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      HLI Staff June 4, 2019 at 10:22 AM - Reply

      It is an ethical dilemma, especially given that pharmaceutical companies could opt not to use fetal tissue. However, keep in mind that you have not had a role in the creation of those vaccines, and one can argue that not vaccinating also may lead to serious illness or death in children and adults. We also need to pray for an end to the use of any fetal tissue period.

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    Maureen Courtney May 31, 2019 at 9:20 AM - Reply

    It makes me sick!! I just so sick of the thought! I’ve been so blind and ignorant. Now when I try to inform people, they tell me I’m crazy. I tell them to do the research, but they don’t. God will be coming soon! Please consider making car magnets for people to buy. Thanks for your work

    Maureen Courtney

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      HLI Staff June 4, 2019 at 10:21 AM - Reply

      We appreciate your pro-life witness, Maureen – and those who even witness silently through prayer. Keep up the good work.

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    Nash Monsour May 31, 2019 at 7:49 PM - Reply

    The link to this article mentioned that you could “download a list of products to avoid. ” I could not find the list. Please advise.

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      HLI Staff June 3, 2019 at 3:57 PM - Reply

      Thank you for the question! To clarify, the link is embedded in the article within the sentence “Under the leadership of Executive Director Debi Vinnedge, COG publishes a downloadable list of products that use aborted fetuses currently available in the U.S.” And, here is the direct link:

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        vicki June 9, 2019 at 8:46 PM - Reply

        I have been told that the “human”” synthetic Insulins were made using DNA from fetal tissues and that all the newer analogs use Fetal Stem Cell lines.
        I am facing the possibility of needing insulin due to decreasing autoimmunity destruction of beta cells. These Insulins are not an option if the fetal tissue and stem cell lines are true.
        Please, do you have any documentation of this so I can push docs when time comes to order for importations the animal insulins still used in England and Canada, tho only produced in 2 places in Europe.

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          HLI Staff June 17, 2019 at 1:49 PM - Reply

          I regret to say we do not. HLI does not take the position that one should not vaccinate; we feel people should advocate for use of non-fetal vaccines, which are entirely possible to develop. One has to weigh the evils; you should not feel you cannot use a vaccine that would save your life and health as you were not responsible for its development in the manner pharmaceutical companies chose to do so. If you have a choice of vaccines, though, all the better.

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      Janice Keisinger July 4, 2019 at 7:57 PM - Reply

      Unable to open the list link 🤨🤔

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    Priscilla June 3, 2019 at 10:46 PM - Reply

    I’m 29 teaching English aboard Hispanic Cuban
    From Florida and for the first time I’m my life. I seem to now notice a lot of things I did not before. This world we are living in is disgusting. PSP dead skin cells in my make up!

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    Kandy June 6, 2019 at 10:55 AM - Reply

    I am just curious, Do you know if these fetus’ that have been aborted by choice or a spontaneous abortion?

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      HLI Staff June 17, 2019 at 1:51 PM - Reply

      Spontaneous abortions are not collected, these are natural miscarriages which would not produce “marketable” fetal parts. We are talking of “harvesting” after clinical abortions.

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      Doug June 13, 2020 at 9:27 PM - Reply

      Disgusting to hear abt this….

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    Catherine B. July 17, 2019 at 12:16 PM - Reply

    I kind of chuckle (sadly) at the use of the phrase “elective abortion” – I know it refers to the woman choosing abortion (as opposed to a miscarriage or a coerced abortion). I know this is so obvious it doesn’t even warrant saying, but I can’t help think of the baby: that the abortion was not “elective” from the baby’s perspective.

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      HLI Staff July 19, 2019 at 9:20 AM - Reply

      Very good point, Catherine.

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    Sujal Adhikari July 17, 2019 at 12:21 PM - Reply

    I was totally unaware about all this. After reading all these facts now what’s running in my mind is how to warn people globally about all this grievous thing going on. Im from a small country, Nepal. And im sure about it only few people are aware about it here in Nepal. I’ll give my best to share among people all about this going on. Thank you.

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    Sherry August 17, 2019 at 4:41 PM - Reply

    My name is sherry
    I could not carry a baby more than 4 months, a miracle happened and I was able to carry 1 beautiful son to 7 months and he lived and has 2 little boys now, my husband and I have always wanted children so we did foster care, thinking we would help children and could maybe adopt but they make adoption so hard for Americans, and we still want children, there is no reason for abortion when there are so many Americans that want to adopt,
    This is sick and so are the people that do this
    God bless you

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    Stephen Crum September 5, 2019 at 7:05 PM - Reply


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    Susan September 9, 2019 at 4:33 PM - Reply

    There needs to be some requirement that the disgusting use of baby tissue needs to be identified rather can called PSP or other. I read labels as others probably do. We need to get the word out on this. I will try to do my part. Thank you for the information.

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    Braga October 3, 2019 at 5:12 PM - Reply

    Its terrible a lot people don’t know.
    Now we are been force to vaccinate our children. I will never trust the health care system again. I will go to natural herbal medicine.
    Thank’s for the information!…….

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    E Maria October 25, 2019 at 9:45 PM - Reply

    Totally Demonic !

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      Kelly Flynn August 23, 2020 at 3:16 AM - Reply

      I feel like such a fool. Walking around anti abortion sentiments without ever knowing the diabolical and sinister forces behind why abortions have magnified over the years since roe vs Wade. I’m heartsick for the aborted babies, their parents that bought into a lie perpetrated by abortion advocates.

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    Trina Abuan October 26, 2019 at 12:02 PM - Reply

    I discovered children of god for life in 2005 shortly after giving birth to my second son. At the time, I was in favor of vaccines but immediately decided to do everything possible to avoid the unethical vaccines. Our pediatrician listened and did his best to help. However, when Merck later took some of the ethical options off the market, I began to do further study into vaccines and it led me to believing that they are nothing but a deceit. I took several courses on aromatherapy and studied herbal medicine. There are many easy ways to avoid/heal bacterial/viral/fungal infections. God is healer and he provided us with everything we need to be healthy. I urge people to find alternative solutions to their health issues. One of the positive things about the internet is that you can find so much good information and knowledge. I believe that modern pharmacy is the ‘sorcery’ mentioned in the book of revelations. I have eight kids now and by the grace of God they are very healthy. My eldest who was fully vaccinated has allergies but I accept that as a minor issue when compared to the many children that have lost their lives thanks to severe reactions to a vaccination. Interestingly enough, my sister had a severe reaction to the MMR back in 1988. She suffered temporary paralysis and was hospitalized but later recovered. My Mom was always adamant that it was the MMR that caused it. God bless you all in your search for the truth. Glad to see this finally coming to light. I wrote to all my local Catholic Churches back in 2005 about this issue. Still, they insisted on mandatory vaccines in order to attend catholic school. As a result, I did not send my kids to catholic school.

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    moses kakungulu October 31, 2019 at 10:50 AM - Reply


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    Chris February 8, 2020 at 9:22 PM - Reply

    Hello, thank you for this website! I just read through the whole legal deposition of Plotkin. The attorney did a fantastic job of peeling back the facade built around vaccinations. I appreciate the depth of questioning the lawyer presented in the deposition. I have been educated on this issue of vaccines by reading this article and the deposition! Everyone needs to read this!

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      HLI Staff February 10, 2020 at 3:25 PM - Reply

      Wonderful, Chris, and thank you.

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    Rita Boxleitner April 8, 2020 at 2:58 PM - Reply

    It would be nice to have a list of products that DO NOT use fetal tissue and products.
    I am grateful for the work you do and want to be informed so I can be proactive.
    But for the layman (general public) less is more. Basics equal doable. Do you have a list of skin care products that I can use and support? I currently use Oil of Olay.

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      HLI Staff April 14, 2020 at 1:02 PM - Reply

      Thank you for your kind words and question, Rita. We are a small staff and, unfortunately, do not maintain a list of products that do not use fetal tissue. A quick internet search of Oil of Olay pulls up many products under that brand, from body wash to moisturizer to facial cloths. Not knowing which product you use, I cannot answer your question. However, if you have a question about a specific product, please email our office,, and we’ll try to find an answer for you.

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    Laraine Kraus April 26, 2020 at 8:14 PM - Reply

    Are there any other known beauty care companies you have found that are using fetal parts for their products?

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      HLI Staff April 28, 2020 at 11:39 AM - Reply

      Laraine, thank you so much for your question. This list might not be exhaustive. The following are cosmetics produced using human fetal cell lines and/or containing human fetal DNA, proteins, or cellular debris:

       Bio-Gel (NeoCutis)
       Journee (NeoCutis)
       Bio-Serum Intensive Treatment (NeoCutis)
       Bio-Restorative Skin Cream (NeoCutis)
       Lumiere (NeoCutis)
       Prevedem (NeoCutis)

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    yehudi September 7, 2020 at 7:01 PM - Reply

    The United States will soon be JUDGED by ALMIGHTY GOD for this kind of horror!!

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