The federal government reportedly granted $2.7 million to researchers who harvested organs from aborted children.
According to documents released under Freedom of Information Act requests, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh specifically requested 50 percent of the fetuses to be minorities, 25 percent from black women. Babies from early-stage to full-term abortions were harvested for studies.
The documents are partially redacted, limiting information regarding the number of fetuses harvested, and what clinics or abortionists provided them. Government watchdog Judicial Watch aided David Daleiden, founder and president of the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, in his legal quest for the documents.
Federal law prohibits the purchasing of aborted fetuses, however, they may be donated for research. In the case of donations, researchers can not request abortionists to perform the act in a particular manner.
Defending the legality of its research, a spokesman for the university said, “In this case, ischemia time refers to the time after the tissue collection procedure and before cooling for storage and transport. It does not have an impact on how the procedure is performed, which is always at the discretion of the attending physician.”
All of UPenn’s experiments using fetal organs are overseen by the National Institutes of Health, which has not released a comment. Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, which has seven clinics in the area, has denied donating fetal organs. However, in 2019 Pennsylvanian PP staffers admitted to providing aborted fetuses to UPenn in an undercover investigation from the Center for Medical Progress.
In 1980, the Hyde Amendment was enacted to prohibit Americans’ taxpayer money from funding abortions. The indirect participation in the abortion industry’s success is a concern for millions of Americans. In July, a poll found that 46 percent of Americans believe abortion to be “morally wrong.”
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