Fetal Tissue Research

Thomas RudkinsNews

Congress and the Trump administration are considering whether federal funds should be used for fetal tissue research.

Already the Trump administration has proven to be a friend for the life-affirming community by taking strong positions regarding funding for abortion providers and filling positions with people who have life-friendly values.

Regarding fetal tissue, early this year the administration has terminated a government contract to buy fetal tissue from a research firm and will conduct an audit of any such research subsidized by federal taxpayers. 

“Fetal tissue research has become a $100 million industry.  Despite this bonanza, companies that procure fetal tissue for researchers operate with little to no oversight.

In one particularly disturbing instance, a consent form given to women at a Planned Parenthood clinic to procure the tissue from aborted babies claimed that fetal tissue research has led to a “cure for such diseases as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and AIDS.” 

Ethical alternatives to tissue derived in abortions includesources from the placenta, umbilical cord, amniotic fluid, discarded surgicaltissue, and postmortem tissue.”