As reported in a study presented by Judicial Watch and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) on Tuesday, August 3, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) granted at least $3.2 million in federal funds to the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) for the purchase of tissue from babies aborted between 6 and 42 weeks gestation.
The recently published study with more than 250 pages of evidence and details of the operations carried out by the institutions involved was made possible thanks to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, which allowed investigators access to official NIH documents, where the allegations made by the whistleblowers can be verified with certainty.
CMP is the pro-life organization that, under the leadership of the David Daleiden Project, conducted undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood’s alleged fetal tissue trafficking with biomedical supply companies.
According to the press release from Judicial Watch, which is representing CMP in its lawsuit against HHS, the documents reveal that federal funds, which came from taxpayer contributions, were spent to harvest tissue and organs from aborted babies from 6 to 42 weeks gestation for the alleged purpose of creating a sort of research bank.
“The NIH grant application for just one of Pitt’s numerous experiments with aborted infants reads like an episode of American Horror Story,” CMP project leader David Daleiden said of the documents obtained through the FOIA request.
Daleiden continued, “Infants in the womb, some old enough to be viable, are being aborted alive and killed for organ harvesting, in order to bring in millions of dollars in taxpayer funding for Pitt and the Planned Parenthood abortion business it supports. People are outraged by such disregard for the lives of the vulnerable.”
In addition to the official information obtained that functions as evidence of the aberrant facts alleged, Daleiden presented a series of hidden camera videos revealing how a former Planned Parenthood abortionist performs elective abortions on healthy, unborn babies up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, which were then sold to Pitt’s University for alleged research, Breitbart reported.
At one point in the footage, the abortionist explains the difficulties abortionists encounter when a baby comes through the procedure with signs of life: “In Arizona, if the fetus comes out with any signs of life, we’re supposed to transport it to the hospital.”
When asked if there is “any standard procedure for verifying signs of life?” Taylor responds by saying, “The key is, you need to pay attention to who’s in the room, right?”
Taylor chuckles and says, “It’s a mess. It’s a mess.”
Another video released by CMP in May shows the procedure from which NIH allegedly uses taxpayer funds to sponsor experimentation at Pitt on aborted babies obtained from a local Planned Parenthood facility.
According to Judicial Watch, the documents also reveal that Pitt was harvesting fetal tissue for more than 10 years, including liver, heart, gonads, legs, brain, genitourinary tissues, including kidneys, ureters, and bladders.
“These documents show taxpayer money is being used to turn the University of Pittsburgh (into) a one-stop human fetal tissue shop—from procuring the tissue from elective abortions, ‘subdividing’ the human remains, to distributing and shipping the harvested tissue,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.