In a huge win for pro-life conservatives, President Donald Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that it would stop tax support for experiments using aborted baby parts.
“Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration,” a statement from HHS read. National Institutes of Health (NIH) research “that requires new acquisition of fetal tissue from elective abortions will not be conducted.”
It was a right hook punch to Planned Parenthood and the multi-billion dollar abortion industry, which has been caught on video in the past illegally profiting from harvesting aborted babies.
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Once again living up to his pro-life campaign promises, Trump stood boldly against an onslaught from liberal abortion supporters.
This complete reversal of Obama’s pro-abortion policy was all President Trump. “This was the president’s decision,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said, “to protect the dignity of human life.”
Vice President Mike Pence, another pro-life hero, worked closely with HHS officials to develop the policy.
Not only did Trump stop the renewal of aborted baby parts contracts, but he also promised new ethical guidelines disallowing tax dollars to go to research that uses baby tissue harvested from abortions.
Conservative leaders across the country praised Trump’s move.
“This is a major pro-life victory and we thank President Trump for taking decisive action,” Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List said. “It is outrageous and disgusting that … NIH has spent $120 million a year on grisly, unethical experiments involving the hearts, livers, bones, and brains harvested from babies too young and vulnerable to speak for themselves.”
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Trump’s move was the “only humane response possible to the abortion industry’s trafficking in infant remains,” Students for Life of America’s Kristan Hawkins responded. “Ending this practice is ethically, scientifically, and morally right, especially as we’ve learned that fetal remains are not needed for research.”
“Every human life, from conception to natural death, has dignity and value. That’s why we commend the Trump Administration’s decision to end NIH research using the broken body parts of aborted babies,” Alliance Defending Freedom Legislative Counsel Kellie Fiedorek stated. “Truly ethical research abides by federal law and refuses to sacrifice the rights of unborn children.”
Liberals across the country demonized Trump’s move.
The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) — the biggest tax profiteer for experiments using aborted babies– said Trump wanted to “impede” and “undermine scientific discovery.” Critics have noted that the government handout has been their lab’s sole source of salaries, including a $13 million contract to inject 90 mice with aborted baby cells each month.
If UCSF wants to continue experiments using aborted fetal tissue, they now have to solicit private funding.
Biochemistry and Biology expert Dr. Tara Sander Lee testified before Congress last year that fetal tissue research is medically unnecessary. “No therapies have been discovered or developed that require aborted fetal tissue,” she explained, and scientists have access to “a wealth of ethical sources.”
Dr. David Prentice, Research Director at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, listed many “scientifically-proven methods for research,” including adult stem cells, iPS cells, organoids, postnatally sourced cells, and improved non-human cell lines.
“All of these have been used in the production of treatments, vaccines, and medicines currently on the market,” Dr. Prentice explained. “The key is that our government will now invest in effective research methods that do not rely on the destruction of human life.”
Dr. Lee continued, “Ethical alternatives are available to researchers now. These include, but are not limited to, fresh human tissues from adult and pediatric populations, donated and discarded biopsies and surgical specimens, from both living and post-mortem individuals. There are numerous examples of investigators successfully using these ethical alternatives for research and clinical trials for studying the most complex processes.”
“Taxpayer funding is better spent promoting alternatives that are already being used in the production of treatments, vaccines, and medicines…that do not depend on the destruction of unborn children –often through late-term abortion,” Dannenfelser added.
Controversy over experiments with aborted baby parts exploded in 2015, when the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), led by investigators David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, secretly recorded meetings and conventions of the abortion industry. The CMP undercover videos allegedly showed Planned Parenthood officials illegally selling aborted baby parts for profit.
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In the video, abortion industry leaders were seen talking about the illegal modifying of abortion procedures to obtain “intact” babies for sale and “fresh,” heart-still-beating “specimens” and joked that they’d pay for luxury cars for Planned Parenthood staff.
Planned Parenthood dismissed the videos and accused CMP of deceptive editing.
The incriminating videos caused a firestorm of controversy across the nation. Congress held hearings about defunding Planned Parenthood, and many states began making attempts to punish the abortion giant.
This fight to de-tax fund Planned Parenthood continues to this day.
Father Mark Hodges is a reporter for The Horn News