Back when Planned Parenthood announced that it would will no longer accept payment for harvesting aborted fetal tissues, the non-profit was quick to add that it would continue to fill the demands for fetuses to be used in research.
The assurance must have led to a collective sigh of relief from the dozens of colleges and universities that trade in aborted fetal tissues, according to a report from the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee.
According to Campus Reform, the report, which was prompted by a controversial series of Project Veritas undercover videos, determined that at least 60 American universities were in the business of acquiring aborted fetal tissues for experimentation.
Some of these institutions even engage in the trafficking of such tissues to other university research facilities. One is the Human Fetal Tissue Repository (HFTA) of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, which between 1993 and 2015 provided aborted fetal tissue to nine other research institutions, including the University of California, Irvine; the NYU School of Medicine; the Yale University School of Medicine; the Wayne State School of Medicine; Rockefeller University; the University of Virginia; Johns Hopkins; SUNY Buffalo; and the University of Wisconsin.
While it is unclear whether the HFTA made a profit from its work with fetal tissue, the report did find that the lab received “reasonable payments” from research institutions, claiming that at least one research institution paid the HFTA “$250 per fetal tissue specimen.”
Campus Reform reached out to the above-named facilities for comment but notes that only UW-Madison responded, writing:
Medical research involving legally and ethically obtained fetal tissue saves lives and provides hope for families living with diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes. UW–Madison follows federal law to ensure no one profits from tissue used in research.
Ends justifying the means?