Yesterday 48 national and state pro-life leaders spearheaded by Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to end the government’s use of aborted fetal tissue for research and turn to ethical alternatives. The letter reads, in part:
We were shocked and dismayed at the news report that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has signed a contract to purchase ‘fresh’ aborted fetal organs from Advanced Bioscience Resources, for the purpose of creating humanized mice with human immune systems. We expect far better of our federal agencies – especially under the leadership of a courageous pro-life president – entrusted with the health of American citizens. It is completely unacceptable to discover that the FDA is using federal tax dollars and fomenting demand for human body parts taken from babies who are aborted. …The federal government must find ethical alternatives as soon as possible, and should end all association with those who participate in any trafficking or procurement of aborted baby organs. No taxpayer dollars should continue to go to this gruesome practice.
Signers of the letter include SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser; Life Issues Institute President Bradley Mattes; Family Research Council President Tony Perkins; March for Life President Jeanne Mancini; Concerned Women for America President Penny Young Nance; Americans United for Life President Catherine Glenn Foster; Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins; David Daleiden, Project Lead for The Center for Medical Progress; Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; American Principles Project Terry Schilling and more.
According to former medical director Dr. Katharine Sheehan, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest – one of four Planned Parenthood affiliates referred to the Justice Department for investigation for their role in the harvest and sale of the organs of aborted babies – supplied organs to Advanced Bioscience Resources, Inc. (ABR) for more than ten years. ABR charges $340 per second-trimester fetal tissue specimen, from which abortion facilities were paid $60 per specimen.
Watch the Center for Medical Progress’ undercover video below:
Read the letter below: