Pro-Life Groups Praise Trump Administration’s Ethics Board for Rejecting Grant Proposals for Federal Funded Research Using Fetal Tissue

Anti-abortion activists march with banner thanking U.S. President Donald Trump for his support during the 47th annual March for Life in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Pro-life groups praised the Trump administration this week after a federal ethics advisory board recommended against federal funding of fetal tissue research, saying tiny humans should not be aborted for exploitation.

“We applaud the Trump administration for convening the independent advisory board as established by statute,” Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, said in a statement, referring to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Fetal Tissue Research Advisory Board.

In its report on fetal tissue research, released this week, the board recommended that all but one of the grant proposals for federally-funded medical research using human fetal tissue donated after elective abortions be rejected.

The board was set up by the Trump administration last year to review applications for funding of such research conducted outside of NIH facilities. It recommended withholding federal funding from 13 out of 14 research proposals — through grants or contracts — involving the use of fetal tissue.

“It is appropriate that tax-funded research be reviewed in regard to the ethical nature of the research,” Tobias said. “These tiny humans are aborted and exploited when they are farmed for their organs and tissue for use in research projects. Ethical alternatives are available.”

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, who heads the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee, also applauded the recommendation.

“We applaud the Administration for moving NIH in a direction that shows greater consideration for medical ethics in research, and greater respect for innocent human life,” Naumann said in a statement. “It is neither ethical nor necessary to further violate the bodies of aborted babies by commodifying them for use in medical research.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar