Inhumane, Taxpayer-Funded Experiments on Aborted Babies at the University of Pittsburgh

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Details: Unethical Experiments on Preborn Babies (PA Family)

Millions in Federal Funding for University of Pittsburgh Human Fetal Organ Harvesting Project Including Viable and Full-Term Babies (Judicial Watch)


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#PittExposed Panel Discussion with David Daleiden (Pittsburgh, October 13, 2021 – Recap)

Calls for Full Investigation

  • Rep. Kelly, 88 Members of Congress press for immediate audit into allegations of illicit fetal tissue research at University of Pittsburgh: “In their letter to Grimm, the lawmakers reiterated the grave allegations that HHS refused to address, including concerns that University researchers had illegally altered abortion procedures solely for the purpose of obtaining fetal tissue, or derived fetal tissue by organ or tissue harvesting from aborted babies who were born alive and then killed.”
  • “These kinds of inhumane and taxpayer-funded experiments should never happen on any person, especially an innocent baby from an elective abortion. Yet Pitt praises this grotesque use of human beings in published science journals. UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital, where more abortions happen than any other hospital in Pennsylvania, is presenting abortion-minded women with the idea that choosing to end the life of their unborn baby will help find a “new discovery or treatment” for cancer or other ailments.” – Retired Judge Cheryl Allen, Post-Gazette, Pitt’s fetal experiment report inadequate
  • “Investigators limited the scope of their assessment, allowing some of the most damning allegations related to fetal tissue research to go unaddressed.” Madeline Osburn, The Federalist

Legislative Solutions

Stop Experiments and Trafficking of Electively Aborted Babies Act

Open Letter

May 3, 2021

Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Chancellor
University of Pittsburgh
420 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

cc: PA House Speaker Bryan Cutler
PA House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor
PA Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman
PA Senate Appropriations Chair Patrick Browne

Dear Chancellor Gallagher,

It is completely unacceptable for the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) to conduct unethical research using aborted babies.

Student researchers have published experiments of scalps and “full thickness human skin” from aborted babies (18-20 weeks gestation) grafted onto lab rats. Human hair was grown on the backs of these rodents. Additionally, lymphoid tissue, livers and spleens from the same aborted babies were co-engrafted into the same rodent models.

This ghastly finding is a product of Pitt’s systemic practices of using aborted babies for inhumane research. Pitt has been involved in hundreds of fetal kidneys and other organs from aborted babies being distributed for research as part of a project funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). Pitt has also had scientists harvesting fetal livers “in vivo” from fetuses delivered via labor induction.

Making matters worse is fetal experimentation at Pitt has involved staff employed by Pittsburgh area abortion businesses, Planned Parenthood Western PA and Allegheny Reproductive Health Center. This type of relationship is unacceptable.

We, the undersigned, call on the University of Pittsburgh to stop all experimentation on aborted babies and the inhumane practice of grafting their skin and body parts onto rodents. Pitt Health Sciences Tissue Bank, operated jointly by the University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, must cease providing aborted fetal organs and tissue for these unacceptable research practices. All funding from the NIH for these experiments should be eliminated. 

We also call upon the Pennsylvania state legislature to conduct a full investigation into the University of Pittsburgh, Magee Women’s Hospital and Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania and their connections to the practice of fetal experimentation.