Reacting to Tuesday’s CNSNews.com report that the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has contracted to obtain “fresh” human fetal tissue to transplant into “humanized mice,” pro-life organizations are demanding that the U.S. government terminate funding of research that uses tissue taken from aborted babies.
In fiscal 2018, the NIH—which is a separate entity from the FDA but also a part of the Department of Health and Human Services--estimates it will spend $103 million on human fetal tissue research. In fiscal 2017, it spent $98 million.
In their statements, pro-life organizations called, not just for the termination of this contract, but also for laws prohibiting all such use of taxpayer funds. In July, the House Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund the Department of Health and Human Services that includes language that would prohibit funding for research that uses tissue taken from babies who were aborted.
Family Research Council Senior Fellow for Legal Studies Cathy Ruse:
“It is difficult to imagine anything more shocking or upsetting than the U.S. government soliciting bids from traffickers in the remains of infant victims of abortion. Every part of this transaction is a tragedy. A woman is driven to abort her baby, too often by coercion or abandonment, and there in the shadows is a government contractor waiting to tear apart the baby's body to deliver pieces in exchange for payment.
“The House Appropriations Committee recently approved a Labor/HHS bill with a provision that restricts HHS from funding fetal tissue research using aborted babies. We agree with that restriction, and do not believe that HHS and the FDA should approve research of this kind. The FDA owes the American people an explanation as to how such a contract could have been approved. Americans demand to have a more ethical government—one that does not traffic in the remains of human beings."
Students for Life of America:
"Reacting to the news that the FDA is acquiring the tissue from aborted babies to put into mice in order to experiment on them, Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins stated, 'Students for Life condemns the wanton disregard for human life that the FDA is displaying. The FDA was established to protect Americans not exploit them. This is just another reason why Planned Parenthood and all organizations engaged in the exploitation of aborted children for profit must be investigated and charged with trafficking crimes. Until organizations like Planned Parenthood and their business partners are held to account for their crimes exposed with the Center for Medical Progress investigations, we can expect others to continue to act in this inhumane fashion.'
"Students for Life of America has been fighting back against this unethical and immoral use of aborted human tissue for years. When news first broke about the Planned Parenthood videos from the Center for Medical Progress, SFLA along with other pro-life groups organized nationwide Women Betrayed rallies."
March for Life Action President Tom McClusky:
“After an undercover investigation and Congressional investigation exposed the horrors of an industry that harvests and sells baby body parts, there is no excuse for anyone, much less the taxpayer funded federal government to enter into contracts that prop up this gruesome practice. Such contracts should be immediately terminated and the baby body parts trafficking industry shut down.”
Center for Medical Progress:
“By contracting to pay top-dollar in taxpayer money for baby body parts from @pppswaction business partners ABR, @US_FDA is sending the message these kids are worth more dead than alive.”
“It is unconscionable that the United States government is still paying top-dollar in taxpayer money for the freshest, most high-quality dismembered baby hearts, lungs, livers, and brains. By custom-ordering late-term aborted baby body parts for sale from Planned Parenthood partners like ABR, the FDA is directly complicit in these abortions and implies that these kids are worth more to the U.S. Government dead than alive.
“HHS must provide full transparency and immediately terminate any and all such contracts, and the U.S. Department of Justice needs to do their job and hold ABR, Planned Parenthood, and those like them accountable to the law.”
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser:
“The use of aborted babies’ body parts for gratuitous, unethical experiments is simply horrifying. Investigations by brave citizen journalists and our allies in Congress have exposed the brutal reality that “fresh tissue” is obtained by torturing unborn children to death in late-term abortions.
“Under no circumstances should the U.S. government be contracting with baby parts dealers like ABR – who have partnered with abortion giant Planned Parenthood – or taxpayers be forced to fund such atrocities. We call on Congress to pass the Roby Amendment to stop taxpayer funding of these repugnant practices and act swiftly to ban them altogether.” – SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser
Charlotte Lozier Institute Vice President and Research Director Dr. David Prentice:
“It is outrageous that the FDA would aid in the trafficking of aborted baby parts and fetal tissue. This not only fosters government-sponsored participation in unethical research but continues use of outdated scientific methods. Humanized mice can and have been made, for years, using ethical cell sources, including umbilical cord blood and peripheral blood stem cells. High-quality, modern scientific research has no need for unethical, tainted practices and grisly sources. Our government should lead in ethics and in science, and should rescind any contracts for or use of aborted fetal tissue.”
In July, the House Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund the Department of Health and Human Services that includes language that would prohibit funding for research that uses tissue taken from babies who were aborted.