NIH Provided Funding for Tissue Harvesting From Induced Labor Abortions At University of Pittsburgh

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Judicial Watch and the Center for Medical Progress have revealed that according to documents they obtained after suing the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the federal agency provided funding to the University of Pittsburgh for a program that involved harvesting organs and tissue from fully intact babies who were killed or delivered during elective abortions.

The NIH approved a $3.2 million grant to the university, which had promised in a 2015 grant application that half the harvested organs and tissue would come from non-white babies.

The litigation group Judicial Watch sued the NIH on behalf of CMB, pro-life activist David Daleiden’s organization after what they described as “inexplicable delays” on the part of the agency after JW filed a Freedom of Information Act request for access to the grant application.

Hundreds documents were posted online by Judicial Watch and CMB, respectively.

CMB says that Pitt promised to procure “very high quality tissue and biological specimens” from fetuses between the gestational ages of 6 and 42 weeks in its effort to establish itself as a “tissue hub and collection site.”

“Congenital diseases of the genitourinary tract (kidneys, bladder, ureter, urethra etc.) are a leading cause of organ failure carrying with it an increased risk of death, and are a growing public health burden,” an abstract for the proposed program says.

As the demand for transplants far exceeds supply, Just the News explained, the abstract posited that a “comprehensive understanding of how the genitourinary tract develops in utero is necessary to effectively develop novel therapies to replace or repair injured tissue,” it says, proposing to “develop optimized experimental techniques to grow, expand and differentiate human genitourinary progenitor cells in vitro.”

At the time of the grant application, Pitt had already been procuring fetal tissue samples for over a decade.

When women sought elective abortions or experiencing a miscarriage at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s departments of family planning, obstetrics and pathology, a registered nurse asks if they want to “give consent for tissue procurement and banking.”

Such collection had been “steadily increasing” since 2010, and the university said they were “in an excellent position to expand our services to include the needs of” the program proposed in the grant application.

Patients who agreed would sign a consent form for “the procedure that will be used to obtain the tissue.” Based on the discretion of the attending physician, this involved either dilation and curettage, dilation and evacuation, and “labor induction,” according to Just the News.

Pitt aimed to reduce “warm ischemic time,” i.e. how long tissue or organs remained at body temperature after being cut off from their blood supply “to ensure the highest quality biological specimens.”

“Warm ischemic time differs from cold ischemic time which refers to [the] amount of time the organ is chilled,” Judicial Watch explained. “Pitt’s statement suggests the time between the abortion and collection is minimal.”

In the case of a labor-induced abortion, the fetal heartbeat and circulation may continue, meaning “the fetus is being delivered while still alive and the cause of death is the removal of the organs,” according to CMP.

And tax dollars went towards this grotesque practice, which Daleiden compared to an episode of “American Horror Story.”

The activist is now calling for law enforcement to “bring the next Kermit Gosnell to justice under the law,” a reference to the Philadelphia abortionist who was convicted for killing infants born alive in his clinic.

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