June 06, 2019
Planned Parenthood has spent years fighting late-term abortion bans -- and in 2015, we found out why. The earlier babies are aborted, the less profitable their parts are. That was just one of the nauseating revelations from the baby body parts scandal uncovered by the Center for Medical Progress. The other? That this organ harvesting ring had a startling buyer: the U.S. government.
Regardless of which side you're on, the idea of experimenting on aborted babies is gruesome. When a reporter uncovered the contracts, dozens of conservatives and Republican leaders implored the administration: stop writing checks for fetal tissue. This week -- thanks to President Trump -- it did. In an HHS announcement that has pro-lifers cheering, Secretary Alex Azar confirmed that the agency was canceling a $2 million-a-year contract with the University of California that had been in place since 2013.
"Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump's administration," HHS's statement reiterated. So is funding ethical and effective science, which fetal tissue research is not. Despite all the money researchers keep throwing at them, the remains of aborted babies haven't resulted in a single cure. There's absolutely no reason to finance these ghoulish experiments when moral alternatives exist -- and are helping patients!
Wednesday, after the news broke, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) joined me on "Washington Watch" to talk about the decision. For years he and his pro-life colleagues had been calling on HHS to distance taxpayers from these projects. And while there is still work to be done, he praised Donald Trump for addressing the issue head-on. Let's face it, he said, "This is the most pro-life president we have had in the history of our country, [and] today's decision is no exception. He is a champion. He's not just an advocate. He's been a champion for pro-life [causes]. And all of the pro-life community should be applauding, because this was a tough, tough decision. He went against a whole lot of the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. to actually make sure that this happened."
This shouldn't be, he pointed out, a partisan issue.
"I think the thing that bothered me the most and even bothered a lot of people who are not pro-life... [is] when you start seeing dollar amounts attached to baby parts -- a liver or a lung or a brain -- and you get different prices based on how long they've been in the mother's womb and when they were aborted, it just is disgusting. It is not something that a humane society and a civil society should ever do."
Like us, he's been thrilled to see the administration funneling money to groundbreaking alternatives instead. Just yesterday, the administration announced that $20 million had already been put into ethical research, which should challenge the ridiculous notion that this president is "anti-science." How can anyone be anti-science when they're pouring money into real cures? It's time to invest in something with greater promise -- and taxpayers everywhere are grateful this White House has the courage to try.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.