A Petition to Congress
The medical community needs to be held to a higher standard
We are calling upon Congress to use their influence to end the federal funding of scientific research projects that create a demand for abortion.
The federal government has been funding medical research that involves collecting livers, intestines, lungs and other organs from human fetuses as old as 24 weeks. That may be controversial enough for some, but the issue here is that some of these organs are acquired after elective abortions—medically unnecessary procedures. In 2017 alone, $98 million was spent on research projects involving fetal organs, according to the Washington Post. We encourage life-saving research and the creation of treatments that benefit the public. But our government should not be creating a demand for abortions in order to solve these problems.
The Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Brett Giroir, has made it known that HHS is committed to fast-tracking the development and implementation of alternatives to fetal tissue use. HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley told Politico that careful deliberation is being made by the agency regarding future funding; stakeholders, ethicists and advocates for and against the status quo have been invited to listening sessions with the department. Oakley was quoted as saying, “When we receive inquiries from members of Congress, we respond.”
We want our U.S. Congress to support and encourage Dr. Giroir in his efforts. We cannot encourage a system that relies on elective abortion. A system which has procurement companies waiting at the clinic door for the death of a healthy, viable child to occur. We can care for the sick and afflicted in our midst without resorting to violence.
UPDATE: December 13th, 2018
Check out the recent news stories about the changes going on within the National Institutes of Health:
The NIH Says It Will Spend Up to $20 Million to Find Alternatives to Human Fetal Tissue — Time Magazine, 12/11/2018
Fetal Tissue Research Is Curtailed by Trump Administration — The New York Times, 12/12/2018
Feds shut down experiments using fetal tissue — The Journal Gazette, 12/10/2018
Trump Admin Funding Pro-Life Alternatives to Using Aborted Baby Parts for Research — LifeNews, 12/10/2018
74 Members of Congress Demand HHS Stop Funding of Research With Aborted Baby Parts — LifeNews, 12/3/2018
Body Parts From Aborted Babies are Not Needed to Save People’s Lives — LifeNews, 12/3/2018
The petition we started here a few weeks ago, to piggyback off of the efforts of other pro-life groups, was inconsequential for sure. A good handful of elected representatives in DC were already preparing to speak out by the time it got 30 signatures. But again, we would have hoped for that group of 74 to be much larger.
We’ll keep this page up as a resource to the public, so that more people can become aware of this controversy. Concern over the public funding of organ harvesting—or “fetal tissue procurement” if we want to sanitize it—should not be minimized. And it shouldn’t be treated like a political football, either. The debate is too important to ignore.