A Republican-majority Congress had its chance to permanently bar taxpayers’ money from going to abortion giant Planned Parenthood (and so much more), but it didn’t, and now it’s too late…for at least two years.
But the Trump administration is doing what it can to staunch some of the blood-money flow to the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood harvests and sells the organs of aborted babies to tissue research companies. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) might stop taxpayers’ money from going to medical research that involves the tissue of aborted babies.
From Christian Headlines:
The fetal tissue is obtained from miscarriages and legal abortions and is necessary for developing cures and vaccines, supporters say. Opponents, though, say the research is unethical. They also believe there are ethical alternatives.
“HHS is holding multiple listening sessions with various stakeholders [like] scientists, pro-life groups, ethicists, on this topic,” a spokesperson told Politico.
HHS Assistant Secretary Brett Giroir is reviewing the research and will release a recommendation, Politico reported.
HHS earlier this year ended a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources, a company that provided fetal tissue to researchers. Pro-life groups applauded the move.
In addition to ending a government contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources in September, HHS put similar companies on notice.
David Daleiden, quoted in the article, began releasing secretly recorded videos in the summer of 2015 of various Planned Parenthood and tissue company employees discussing the harvesting and sale of aborted babies for organs and how best to extract intact organs. After the practice was exposed to the harsh light of day, pro-lifers stepped up demands to lawmakers to defund Planned Parenthood.
Daleiden and his colleague, Sandra Merritt, were indicted by a Texas grand jury for felony tampering with a governmental record (using fake IDs for undercover work) and misdemeanor attempting to buy tissue from aborted babies after posing as tissue buyers in the videos. The government eventually dropped the charges.
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