45 groups signed on to a common letter dated September 11, 2018 addressed to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Alex M. Azar II, wherein the opening paragraph states:
We were shocked and dismayed at the news report that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has signed a contract to purchase “fresh” aborted fetal organs from Advanced Bioscience Resources, for the purpose of creating humanized mice with human immune systems. We expect far better of our federal agencies – especially under the leadership of a courageous pro-life president – entrusted with the health of American citizens. It is completely unacceptable to discover that the FDA is using federal tax dollars and fomenting demand for human body parts taken from babies who are aborted.[….]
In 2015, disturbing undercover videos obtained by the Center for Medical Progress showed abortion industry staff discussing the sale of fetal brains, hearts, livers and other organs obtained from elective abortions. Subsequent investigations by the House Select Panel on Infant Lives and the Senate Judiciary Committee found evidence of violations of federal laws regarding the buying and selling of fetal organs.[….]
Because there is a requirement for “fresh” tissue, what does this mean in terms of hours elapsed since the harvest of aborted fetal organs for delivery to FDA?
There is a larger question of openness and transparency at HHS regarding this issue. Not only is this shocking FDA contract of concern, but the National Institutes of Health (NIH) continues to fund fetal tissue experimentation. NIH’s own data indicate that during FY 2017 the NIH spent $98 million for fetal tissue research and expects to spend $103 million in FY 2018. The data for FY 2017 also indicate that while the bulk of this spending comprises grants to university researchers, a number of projects (approx. $21 million) involved experiments with fetal tissue on the NIH campus.[….]
Fetal organ procurement is highly unethical and potentially illegal. The undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress found that many women solicited to donate aborted baby organs were given misleading consent forms to sign with statements that aborted tissue “has been used to treat and find a cure for such diseases as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and AIDS.” These blatantly false statements violate ethical standards by grossly misleading the patient.
Moreover, this research is irresponsible. Contrary to claims, there is no scientific requirement of aborted fetal tissue to construct humanized mice. Historically, humanized mice were constructed using aborted fetal organs such as fetal liver, fetal bone marrow, and fetal thymus, on the theory that young fetal tissue would be more robust in growth. But good scientific alternatives exist to this grisly sourcing, including use of human umbilical cord blood stem cells and adult peripheral blood stem cells. There are abundant modern scientific alternatives, making aborted fetal tissue unnecessary.[….]
The federal government must find ethical alternatives as soon as possible, and should end all association with those who participate in any trafficking or procurement of aborted baby organs. No taxpayer dollars should continue to go to this gruesome practice. It is our hope that these reforms would start with you and HHS – and start today. [CJF emphasis]
Does the above information seemingly confirm why Roe v. Wade may be more important to the feds and their Frankenstein-type research than to women’s supposed rights? A constant supply of “fresh” aborted fetal tissue sources, similar to going shopping for fresh groceries! And paid for by taxpayer funding! Is that what you want your tax dollars spent on?