“Shocking” Doesn’t Begin to Cover It

In an application for a federal grant from the National Institutes for Health, the University of Pittsburgh proposed harvesting aborted babies’ body parts broken down on race (page 76 of the grant application). The aim of the study is to collect kidneys, ureters and bladders tissue samples “throughout development (6-42 weeks’ gestation)” (page 60). For “research.”

And that’s not all. In its application, the university explained that its process for harvesting the aborted body parts would keep the parts as fresh as possible: “Ischemia time is minimized” (page 62). According to the NIH, this refers to “the time a tissue, organ, or body part remains at body temperature after its blood supply has been reduced or cut off but before it is cooled or reconnected to a blood supply.”

And U of Pitt admitted that, to procure these tissue samples, labor is induced in pregnant women (page 73). Given that harvesters are inducing labor and actively minimizing ischemia time, we can deduce that some, if not all, of these premature babies may be delivered alive so that their tissues and organs can be freshly harvested.

Do they die from premature delivery, exposure, or from the university’s organ harvesting?

“What University of Pittsburgh is doing is gruesome. That taxpayers are funding it is grotesque,” points out Susan S. Arnall, Esq., Right to Life League Director of Outreach and Engagement.

“This is a human rights issue. Our society is constantly touting human rights and equality for all human beings, no matter their race, creed, or sexual orientation. At a minimum, we must act to protect preborn children from being harvested for use as experimental tissue.”

 

Image credit: “9 month old fetus” by fekaylius is licensed under CC BY 2.0