Washington, D.C. – In response to news that a senior National Institutes of Health (NIH) official has committed that the agency will continue taxpayer funding of research using fetal tissue from induced abortions, Susan B. Anthony List released the following statement:
“Reports that NIH officials insist the agency will continue taxpayer funding for unethical fetal tissue research are deeply disturbing to the millions of pro-life Americans who embrace the sanctity of every human life and who elected President Trump.” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List.
“This is the second time that senior NIH officials have jumped ahead of the Administration’s ongoing audit process – both times reaching conclusions that are out of step with the President’s pro-life agenda. If these statements are allowed to stand, and policy continues unchanged, it would be the first time the Trump Administration has broken with the pro-life movement. Pro-life voters do not want to foot the bill for any research that involves harvesting the body parts of unborn children from induced abortion. This includes research happening directly at NIH or in taxpayer-funded laboratories at universities and hospitals.
“There is absolutely no moral or ethical justification for treating unborn children and their organs like commodities. We urge President Trump to direct his agencies to put policies in place that truly reflect the values of pro-life Americans.”