This is the bombshell news being revealed in the trial of undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who exposed Planned Parenthood's trafficking in aborted babies' body parts.
These newborns are not only born alive - their organs are harvested for research, even as their hearts are still beating.
In a court brief earlier this month, Daleiden's attorneys documented the experience of Dean Alberty, who once worked with a Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Kansas City.
Alberty testified that he "had been handed whole fetuses from Planned Parenthood doctors and had harvested beating hearts."
He also described "a live birth of twins who were actually cuddling each other."
After Alberty refused to harvest their organs, "the abortion doctor drowned them in a pan of water."
Stem cell researcher Dr. Theresa Deisher told Daleiden "the most horrifying aspect of the use of the remains of aborted fetuses was that some of the babies had to be alive, have beating hearts when they were harvested."
Researchers justify the illegal practice by claiming only live hearts have research value.
Daleiden uncovered the practice of StemExpress, a company specializing in providing U.S. researchers with "whole hearts ... as well as brains, livers and other organs."
A deeper look revealed the scale of the operation, with StemExpress providing babies' organs and tissue to 48 universities and eight private firms across the country.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra - a self-identified Catholic - is prosecuting Daleiden and Merritt for exposing Planned Parenthood's trafficking in aborted babies' body parts.
He contends that harvesting organs from newly born infants is protected by the state's abortion statutes, declaring that California law is clear that abortion is not murder.
But in this case, it's clear this is no longer about abortion, but infanticide.