The National Institutes of Health (NIH) spent almost $3 million in taxpayer dollars on a University of Pittsburgh project to harvest human organs and tissue from live aborted babies based on the child’s race.
The NIH announced last April that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reversed a policy put in place under President Donald Trump that halted all NIH funded research using aborted fetal tissue. In fact, documents show that the NIH, where Dr. Anthony Fauci serves as chief of the Laboratory of Immunoregulation, requested more than $3.2 million in federal funds over a five-year period for the University of Pittsburgh’s human fetal tissue harvesting.
The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), represented by Judicial Watch, sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its failure to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in April 2020 for information which includes University of Pittsburgh grant applications for a “tissue hub and collection site.” CMP and Judicial Watch have now obtained a 252-page document that has uncovered the university’s project to “become a ‘tissue hub’ for human fetal tissue ranging from 6 to 42 weeks gestation.”
The document reveals the original 2015 university proposal which states the purpose was to “develop a pipeline to the acquisition, quality control and distribution of human genitourinary [urinary and genital organs and functions] samples obtained throughout development (6-42 weeks gestation) and to have available a minimum of five cases (tissues and if possible other biologicals) per week of gestational age for ages 6-42 weeks.”
In the proposal, the university said that it had been “collecting fetal tissue for over 10 years … include[ing] liver, heart, gonads, legs, brain, genitourinary tissues including kidneys, ureters and bladders,” and in 2015 said, “we have disbursed over 300 fresh samples collected from 77 cases. The collections can be significantly ramped up as material could have been accrued from as many as 725 cases last year.” According to university scientists, “All fetal tissue is collected through a collaborative process including Family Planning, Obstetrics and Pathology. . .the numbers of consents and collections has been steadily increasing…”
The researchers also made references to the “warm ischemic time” on the samples which indicates that the elapsed time is “minimal” between the abortions and collection. Ischemia time 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. The application states, “We record the warm ischemic time on our samples and take steps to keep it at a minimum to ensure the highest quality biological specimens.” It also describes “labor induction” as a “procedure that will be used to obtain the tissue.” That means if the preborn baby’s heartbeat and blood circulation continue in a labor induction abortion for harvesting organs, the child is being delivered while still alive and the cause of death is the removal of the organs.
In the documents the university brags of its internal connections and its “strong working relationship” both with the Department of Pathology, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and three of the UPMC flagship hospitals’ laboratories. One of these laboratories has a “ButcherBoy band saw for sectioning bone,” as well as a “frozen section room [which] has digital video feed to and from the operating rooms.
The University of Pittsburgh’s proposal also included a racial quota for procuring aborted body parts. In the application to NIH, the university said it intended to select individuals on the “basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity” and that it would harvest 50 percent of aborted babies from white mothers and 50 percent from minority patients, with 25 percent of those coming from black women.
The report lists the total number of collected fetal parts from aborted babies 25-42 weeks in gestation according to “Racial Categories” as either “American Indian/Alaska Native,” “Asian,” “Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander,” “Black or African American,” “White,” and “More than One Race.” The collections needed for white babies were the highest at 220 followed by 110 for black babies, Asians at 50, and “More than One Race” at 20, while the rest had zero for requirements.
Liberty Counsel is defending Sandra Merritt against felony and civil charges brought against her by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for her undercover journalism work which exposed Planned Parenthood’s trade in baby body parts. In 2015, it was former California attorney general Kamala Harris who launched the investigation into the work of Merritt and David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, after these citizen journalists discovered and produced videos documenting Planned Parenthood’s illegal trafficking of aborted baby body parts.
During the preliminary criminal hearing in San Francisco Superior Court, a stem cell expert testified that hearts from live aborted babies procured from abortion providers are being used for research studies. Dr. Theresa Deisher, an expert in adult stem cell research who obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University School of Medicine, testified about the perfusion technique using the Langendorff method that is meant to be used on animal hearts. Deisher also testified how horrified she was upon reading various studies involving baby human hearts procured from StemExpress, which the evidence at the hearing showed were sourced from Planned Parenthood. She knew those studies had to be conducted while the hearts were still beating when cut out, without anesthesia, from the aborted babies. She consulted with Daleiden before he and Merritt filmed the undercover videos and told them that the research methods discussed in these studies would have required fetal hearts.
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “It is horrific that the NIH and Fauci would use millions of taxpayer dollars to fund organ harvesting from aborted babies, some of whom were alive and many of whom were black babies. This is unconscionable and must stop.”