Concerned groups, members of Congress demand answers on taxpayer-funded research using aborted babies

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This past Tuesday, Pro-Life San Francisco and the White Coat Waste Project co-hosted a congressional briefing in the United States Capitol on taxpayer-funded aborted human fetal tissue experimentation. The briefing came after a letter signed by 69 Republican Members of Congress was sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, demanding answers about the nature and number of these experiments. The letter also condemns the “repulsive practice” of “using taxpayer funding to exploit the bodies of aborted babies for research.” 

Additionally, the letter notes disappointment that despite the Trump administration’s decision to end all internal National Institutes of Health (NIH) experimentation using aborted human fetal tissue, NIH, the government’s research leg, still “plans to spend $120 million on these projects in FY2019.” The letter requests that each project be thoroughly reviewed by a transparently-selected ethics board.

READ: Taxpayer-funded fetal tissue researchers want their names kept secret

Investigative work and abortion mill whistleblowers have brought light to the abhorrent practice of harvesting and selling aborted babies’ body parts — and Planned Parenthood’s $300,000 windfall from the arrangement over a six-year period. Adding to the horror is the reality that thousands of taxpayer dollars have helped fund the experiments and projects using aborted baby body parts, despite the fact that half of America opposes research involving the use of aborted human remains. 

Contrary to the argument being pushed by the abortion industry and far left, that limiting the use of aborted baby parts for research is anti-science, medical researchers and health experts defend the “abundant and more successful” alternatives. These include medical breakthroughs such as Organs-On-Chips (OCCs), developed by scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. OCCs are designed to recreate miniature human organs on microchips and have successfully recreated hearts, lungs, kidneys, and bones. Last December, the Trump administration announced that $20 million dollars over the next two years would go toward researching other ethical alternatives. 

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