A federal complaint filed Tuesday against Stanford University, California, includes disturbing details about how scientists are using the fingers of aborted babies and other body parts in taxpayer-funded experiments.
A nonprofit association filed the federal complaint alleging that Stanford University failed to disclose funding for research involving human fetal tissue and animals, a widespread problem, the association argues, that leaves taxpayers in the dark about their contributions to controversial experiments.
As reported by Fox News, the complaint accused the university of failing to disclose its funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research.
“When NIH-funded scientists implant fingers and femurs from aborted human fetuses into young mice and keep their expenses secret, we call it a gross misuse and misuse of taxpayer money,” the whistleblower organization stated.
According to the whistleblower, Stanford University violated the Stevens Amendment. This federal law requires NIH grant recipients to disclose “the percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of the program or project funded with federal money” in press releases and other publications.
In past University reports, the use of NIH funding to conduct experiments on the regeneration of human cartilage in joints and the identification of human skeletal stem cells has been disclosed.
Last year, Charles KF Chan, assistant professor of surgery at Stanford University, announced that thanks to the experiments, he had found a way to restore human cartilage and that the success of the research was “extremely gratifying.”
“Cartilage has virtually zero regenerative potential in adulthood, so once it’s injured or gone, what we can do for patients has been very limited,” Chan said. “It’s very gratifying to find a way to help the body regenerate this important tissue.”
According to the researchers’ report filed in the complaint about the experiments, the scientists “obtained 14 human fetal samples” from StemExpress. This California company bills itself as a stem cell and biospecimen collection center. StemExpress faced a U.S. congressional investigation for allegedly selling aborted baby body parts.
“Samples ranged in age from 10 to 20 weeks of gestation with no restrictions on race or gender. Fetal sample procurement and handling were in accordance with the guidelines set by the Institutional Review Board,” the report states.
Criticism from pro-life organizations and conservative legislators soon followed, calling for greater transparency in this type of research.
In an interview with Fox News, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) criticized the experiments as “unethical” and urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate.
He further warned that taxpayers in Iowa and across the country have a right to know exactly how their taxpayer dollars are being spent.
Beyond the fact that the funds allocated were not declared for the purposes used, pro-life advocates fighting the abortion industry argue that the use of aborted fetal tissue should not, under any circumstances, be used for such macabre, violent, and unnecessary experiments. Much less financed by taxpayers, most of whom would oppose such practices.