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Time to Defund FDA Trafficking in Aborted Baby Parts

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House Republicans have the opportunity to end funding for the Biden Administration’s trafficking in the body parts of aborted babies for “scientific” research.  Use of these body parts is said to be justified because:  (i) the bodies of these babies would have been discarded anyway; and (ii) their use facilitates, or is essential for, some “scientific” experiments.  Medical “science” seems to have less and less concern about morality or decency, and more and more about getting federal funding to conduct gruesome experiments.  It is one thing to use the body of a person who died naturally to study the complexity of God’s creation with the purpose of training health care professions for the benefit of the living.  It is quite another for the federal government to facilitate “scientists” using parts of babies that were deliberately killed by abortionist physicians.

In April 2021, Judicial Watch released nearly 600 pages of emails and other records obtained from the FDA in a Freedom of Information Act request that irrefutably prove that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been buying and selling “fresh” baby body parts for its horrifying “experiments.”  These emails show that during the period 2012 to 2018, the FDA was engaged in these transactions with a California entity exempt from federal income taxes under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) — Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR).  These babies can be up to 24 weeks old when a baby is about 12 inches long and weighs about 2 pounds.  These aborted babies have been used for “scientific” experiments, such as creating “humanized mice.”  Some of these experiments have included surgically grafting portions of baby scalps onto the backs of mice.  Additional government records detailing FDA’s purchases were released in September 2021.

According to one report, “Records indicate ABR was paid $12,000 upfront per box of babies, some survivable out of the womb, between the gestational age of 16-24 weeks.  Most purchases are for intact thymuses and livers shipped ‘Fresh; on wet ice.’”  “With the callousness of picking a cut of meat from a butcher shop, an FDA doctor requests tissue samples be procured from a baby boy, as they claim ‘It is preferred to have a male fetus if at all possible … [but] undetermined sex or female is better than no tissue.’”

These experiments using aborted babies were made more difficult by President Trump in July 2019, through changes made to the National Institute of Health’s rules regarding “Human Fetal Tissue Research.”  However, even President Trump did not completely ban use of aborted fetal tissue.  First, he delayed the rule change for several months, and then only required scientists applying for grants to explain in detail why they need to use fetal tissue and how it will be obtained.

Shortly after Biden took office, extremist leftwing lawmakers demanded that the Trump ban be lifted and the lucrative trafficking in human body parts be allowed to resume.  “Fetal tissue is an irreplaceable resource for research,” wrote 26 Democrat representatives, led by Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), in an April 13, 2021 letter to new Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “The Trump Administration’s policy was politically motivated and unnecessary.”  The letter from these Democrat luminaries — such as Jerry Nadler, Barbara Lee, and Jamie Raskin — dehumanizes these baby parts by calling them “Fetal tissue.”

As demanded by Big Pharma and Congressional Democrats, even the weak Trump Administration rules were withdrawn by the Biden Administration which disbanded an advisory board that reviewed applications for federal funding.  

The “informed consent” of the mother is supposed to be required to use their aborted babies for this kind of research.  Whether or not this requirement is met does not reflect well on the morality of Americans.  If consent is obtained, mothers — and pregnant women are “mothers” whether they want to admit that or not — who want their babies to be killed may be assuaging their conscience in the belief that at least their baby’s parts might be used to help others.  If their consent is not obtained, the abortion mills are simply taking the babies and selling parts to the highest bidder to increase their profits.  

This is not the first time Americans have heard of trafficking in baby parts.  In recent years, this practice was exposed by undercover videos captured in recent years by David Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress.  Executives of Planned Parenthood and other Big Abortion industry mills were caught on film speaking cold-bloodedly, and sometimes laughing and chuckling, about their efforts to deliver babies as late as 24 weeks “intact,” so as to capture livers, hearts and brains to resell on the secondary market.

Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who obtained some of the videos, faced prosecution by California authorities.  At their preliminary hearing, Dr. Theresa Deisher, an expert in adult stem cell research with a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University School of Medicine,” testified horrifyingly that to obtain a functional heart, it must be cut out of the unborn baby alive, and anesthesia is not even used.  Yet it was the pro-lifers, not those harming and selling the babies, who faced prosecution.

As sure as there is a God in heaven, this butchery cannot go unpunished.  House Republicans have a moral obligation to stop it through the power of the purse.  There were a handful of calls for defunding the bloodshed in 2015 and 2016, when the Daleiden videos were first released.  But House Republicans have been painfully silent since regaining the majority in the 2022 election.  Republicans in Pennsylvania’s state House of Representatives did attempt to condition funding for the University of Pittsburgh on an agreement to stop fetal cell tissue “research” in 2022, but were unsuccessful.  The University has been conducting “experiments” on unborn babies for decades, with credible eyewitness reports that some experiments were performed on babies born alive.

On September 23, 2021, 17 Senators and 42 Representatives signed a letter to Becerra demanding answers on the University of Pittsburgh’s program, but there has been no concerted effort among House Republicans to stop making taxpayers financially responsible for the barbarism at Biden’s FDA.  A series of House hearings exposing this horror, followed by a legislative ban on use of appropriated funds, should be the next step.

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