HHS ends last research program to use human tissue from abortions

Catholic News Agency | 6/5/2019 | Staff
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Washington D.C., Jun 5, 2019 / 03:10 pm (CNA).- The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it declined to renew a contract with the University of California that funding a research program which used fetal tissue obtained from abortions.

The decision, announced June 5, follows a “comprehensive review” by the Department of Health and Human Services, announced in September 2018, into any research involving fetal tissue, The review set out to find “adequate alternatives” to avoid the use of human fetal tissue altogether. At the time, HHS promised to “ensure that efforts to develop such alternatives are funded and accelerated.”

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The review identified a program at the University of California, San Francisco, that used fetal tissue, and the determination was made not to renew its federally-funded contract. The non-renewal means that the National Institutes for Health (NIH) no longer funds any research that involves aborted remains.

The research program involved the use of bone marrow, thymuses, and livers from aborted babies which were used to create mice with human-like immune systems. The “humanized mice” were then used for testing and experimentation.

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An official statement from the Trump administration said that the canceled contract was further evidence that President Trump was pursuing pro-life goals throughout his presidency.

“This is consistent with that direction and there will be continued work on the pro-life agenda throughout the rest of the first term and the second term as well, and so we will always work to err on the side of life in all critical decisions that come to the Oval Office at the president’s direction,” said the statement quoted on Fox News.

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Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) called the canceled contract an “important step toward stopping the barbaric practice of using the body parts of aborted babies for research.”

In a release to media, Smith called the practice of using aborted remains...
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