June 30, 2021

HHS Secretary Becerra Shuts Down Fetal Research Ethics Advisory Board

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra
photo credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr
Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra shut down an ethics board set up by President Donald Trump to oversee research using tissue from aborted babies. This board could block any research proposals that deemed to be ethically questionable, but now all of those proposals could easily be implemented and paid for using taxpayer dollars.

137 congressional Republicans responded by sending Becerra a letter asking him to reverse his decision. The letter cites documents obtained by Judicial Watch revealing the FDA's routine “orders for eyeballs, livers, skin, brains, skulls, and sometimes fully intact bodies of infants aborted in the second trimester” from Advanced Bioscience Resources. In these exchanges, Advanced Bioscience Resources serves as a middle man between the federal government and Planned Parenthood.

The letter also cites a report by the Center for Medical Progress revealing horrifying experiments done by the University of Pittsburgh using tissue harvested from aborted children. The University grafted tissue from baby scalps onto lab rats and observed how the rats grew human hair.

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