Colorado State University Still Won’t Stop Research Using Body Parts From Aborted Babies

State   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Jul 28, 2015   |   3:29PM   |   Fort Collins, CO

Earlier this month, Colorado Representative Doug Lamborn called on Colorado State University (CSU) to stop using aborted babies’ body parts for research.

In 2013, CSU purchased fetal body parts from Planned Parenthood’s flagship abortion facility in San Jose, California via a company called Stem Express. In total, nine specimens were harvested from eight different aborted babies killed in abortions at that Planned Parenthood clinic and the purchase order reveals CSU bought two body parts, including an aborted baby’s liver.

This came to light after the Center for Medical Research released a video of Planned Parenthood’s top doctor, Deborah Nucatola, admitting that the abortion giant charges per-specimen for baby body parts, uses altered abortion procedures in order to get intact body parts, and is aware of their own liability for doing so and takes steps to cover it up.

As LifeNews previously reported, since then two more videos have been released including one of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountain’s medical director and vice president, Dr. Savita Ginde, negotiating the sale of aborted babies and attempting to get as much money as possible from the deal.

The Colorado Statesman reported that Rep. Lamborn wrote a letter to CSU President Tony Frank requesting more information about their purchase from Stem Express.

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He also asked that the university end their research immediately and implement a policy that forbids such actions. He said, “I also respectfully request that, should it be true that the policy of Colorado State University permits the purchase or acquisition of aborted babies’ body parts for experimentation or for other purposes, Colorado State University immediately revoke any such policy and thereafter refrain, cease and desist from any further purchases of aborted babies’ body parts.”

Now CSU has responded and said that they can limit the university’s use of fetal tissue. In a letter to Rep. Lamborn, Franks said that they will “seek alternatives to aborted fetal tissue sources” and ask vendors for “all available information regarding the source of fetal tissue.” He added, “With this information, our institution and researchers can continue to assure that when research is conducted, we do so meeting our ethical standards.”

However, Rep. Lamborn said that CSU’s response isn’t sufficient. He said, “These steps are definitely headed in the right direction. However, they simply aren’t far enough. I call on President Frank to commit to no longer using aborted babies’ body parts in research. There are profound ethical, moral, and legal questions with this practice that deeply trouble many Coloradans.”

Colorado Citizens for Life, the state affiliate of National Right to Life, said the following about CSU’s response: “Colorado Citizens for Life agrees 100% with Rep. Lamborn and calls on CSU to end research on all aborted babies immediately. Regardless of one’s position on abortion, using aborted babies for research is unethical and violates the intrinsic value of human life.”

ACTION: Contact Colorado State University and urge it to stop doing research using body parts from babies killed in abortions.