The University of Pittsburgh is defending newly exposed documents showing that it sets racial quotas for the aborted babies whose organs are harvested for scientific research.
Earlier this week, Judicial Watch and the Center for Medical Progress discovered that the university has racial targets for the organs it harvests from aborted babies in documents they obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Of its planned aborted ‘subjects,’ Pitt desired 50% to be minority fetuses. The proposal suggests that the ‘subjects’ be diverse because Pittsburgh is diverse, the U.S. Census Bureau shows the city of Pittsburgh is close to 70% white,” according to Judicial Watch.
One document titled “Planned Enrollment Report” includes a chart with racial categories and targeted numbers within each category for “tissue from an elective or spontaneous abortion < 24 weeks gestation.” The chart projects collecting organs from 200 white females, 100 black/African American females, 50 Asian females and 50 Hispanic/Latino or mixed-race females.
On Wednesday, University of Pittsburgh spokesman David Seldin defended the university’s practices as “inclusive” in an interview with Fox News.
“Projects funded by the National Institutes of Health must ensure appropriate inclusion of women and minorities,” said Seldin, assistant vice chancellor for news.
Here’s more from the report:
The university told Fox News that the higher number of minorities resulted from an emphasis on those populations most impacted by kidney disease. …
[Seldin continued:] “They should also ensure distribution of the study reflects the population needed to accomplish the scientific goals of the study. Asked another way: Does the makeup of the study reflect the populations affected by the illness in question? In the case of the GUDMAP Tissue Hub, one of the goals is to support researchers looking for treatments and cures for kidney disease.”
According to the newly uncovered documents, the federal government gave the University of Pittsburgh at least $2.7 million in federal tax dollars over the past five years to become a “tissue hub” for aborted baby body parts for scientific research.
In the documents, the university told the federal government that it has been “collecting fetal tissue for over 10 years … includ[ing] liver, heart, gonads, legs, brain, genitourinary tissues including kidneys, ureters and bladders.”
Speaking with Fox News, Seldin defended the project as important to scientific advances.
“This grant supported research to find new therapies for diseases of the kidneys, bladder and urinary systems, which are a leading cause of organ failure,” he said. “By providing a central hub for researchers across the country, this program allowed scientists across the country to access tissue necessary to tackle this growing public health concern.”
He said all the tissue they obtain is in compliance with the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act, which, among other things, prohibits infanticide for babies born alive in abortions.
The university has maintained that it follows the law, but David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, slammed its practices as “racist” and unethical.
“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,” Daleiden said.
One recent experiment at the University of Pittsburgh involved scalping five-month aborted babies and then implanting their scalps onto rodents.
The information comes from a study that University of Pittsburgh researchers published in September 2020 in the journal “Scientific Reports.” It describes how scientists used scalps from aborted babies to create “humanized” mice and rats to study the human immune system.
Along with the study, the researchers published photos of their experiment – horrific images that show tufts of babies’ hair growing on the rodents.