Family Research Council

Prohibiting Trafficking of Baby Body Parts and Federal Funding for Fetal Tissue Research from Induced Abortions

By Arina Grossu Director, Center for Human Dignity

  • The 2015 videos from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) uncovered an industry of trafficking of aborted baby body parts for profit and research.
  • Harvesting the body parts of aborted children for research subsidizes the abortion industry and incentivizes harmful practices such as late-term abortion, altering abortion methods, violating patient privacy, and even likely killing some children born alive in order to harvest their organs, as CMP videos uncovered.
  • Congress, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and/or the president can and should ban federal funding for research using human fetal tissue obtained from induced abortions.
  • The NIH Secretary should create a registry of ethically-obtained fetal tissue derived from miscarriages and stillbirths to support research.
  • Congress and the states should prohibit the sale and trafficking of baby body parts and close the "valuable consideration" loophole in federal law.
  • States should ensure the respectful burial of unborn children killed in abortion.
  • There are ethical alternatives to human fetal research that do not involve induced abortions.

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