Investigative journalist and pro-life activist David Daleiden decried the practice of experimentation on tissue from aborted babies in a recent hearing with the Pennsylvania House Health Committee.
On May 4, the legislative committee conducted a hearing regarding the ethics—or lack thereof—of the gruesome practice of medical experimentation on the remains of aborted children, according to the Western Journal. The hearing also discussed the alleged involvement of the University of Pittsburgh in such experiments.
Alongside Daleiden, who became infamous among abortionists early in the last decade for his undercover videos exposing fetal trafficking by abortion providers, other witnesses at the hearing included an ex-abortionist, a Standford ethics professor, and a University of Pittsburgh researcher.
The Western Journal notes that the University has been involved in these horrendous experiments more than once:
Last December, The Western Journal discussed with Daleiden the university’s controversial fetal-scalping experiments, detailed in an article published by Scientific Reports. To create “humanized mice,” scientists scalped children aborted at 18 to 20 weeks gestation and transplanted their skin onto rodents.
This does not appear to be the only time the university was caught conducting ethically questionable fetal experiments, however.
Another report published in 2012 by the university’s experimental surgeon, Dr. Jörg C. Gerlach, described the process of harvesting livers from 18 to 22-week-old babies delivered alive in late-term abortions.
Daleiden spoke with the outlet, expressing that he believes the government should exercise its authority to combat “outright criminality within the fetal trafficking and fetal experimentation space.”
“There’s a major need for — I think, certainly for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but I mean also for, you know, for many other states around the country — there’s a real need for people to get serious about abortion crime…and about enforcing the law against abortion crime,” the investigator stated.
Although hearing, which was broadcast on Livestream, should have been a prime opportunity for legislators to ask pertinent questions of the University of Pittsburgh regarding such experiments and any ties the institution may have to the abortion indistry.
The university’s representative at the hearing, neurologist and deputy director of research Dr. Jeremy Rich, however, could not even answer questions regarding fetal experimentation.
The Western Journal reports that Dr. Rich admitted that he is not even directly involved in fetal experimentation at the university and that he had only been hired by the institution a few months ago in January.
Daleiden told the outlet he believes the university’s failure to send a representative who can comment on the subject of the hearing was “very telling.”
“If the practices of infant scalping and live fetal liver harvesting and mass exportation of aborted baby kidneys, if these practices at the University of Pittsburgh were defensible, they would have sent someone who could actually defend them and who could actually talk about them, but they’re not,” he said. “And so that’s why they’re hiding behind this — they’re hiding behind these fig leaves of, like, fall guys who don’t know anything because what they’re doing is not defensible.”
Daleiden, thankfully, was all too capable of “filling in the gaps” left by Dr. Rich, explaining how fetal experimentation is, at its core, the inhumane exploitation of children. He also noted that the use of aborted fetal remains drives high demand, effectively incentivizing abortion.
Daleiden pointed the Western Journal to a 2020 report from the university in which researchers expressed a need to “ramp up” the acquisition of fetal tissue.
“Knowing that the burden of abortion and the burden of abortion incidents, especially later abortions that are valuable for fetal harvesting, disproportionately falls on, you know, poor low-income and minority women,” Daleiden explained. “What does that say about the role of poor and minority communities in our country? That doesn’t sound like equality and respect and equal dignity to me. That sounds like the strong preying on the weak.”
“And so even if it happens just once out of the 700 abortions that are harvested in one year at the University of Pittsburgh — even if it happens just one time to one family — that’s an irreparable harm that can never be taken back,” Daleiden concluded.
“They can never bring that child back to life. And they’ll have to live with that for the rest of their lives.”
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