Biden Rolls Back Trump-Era Restrictions on Aborted Fetal Tissue Research

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Continuing its anti-Catholic pro-choice philosophy, the Biden administration announced that it is removing restrictions placed on the National Institute of Health allowing for scientific research on aborted fetal tissue. 

The NIH made the announcement Friday, saying  “The NIH reminds the community that of expectations to obtain informed consent from the donor for any NIH- funded research using human fetal tissue, and of continued obligations to conduct such research only in accord with applicable federal, state, or local laws, and regulations including the prohibition of the payments of valuable consideration for such tissue.” 

The former administration placed restrictions on abortion-related services and research including, 1) the cutting of Planned Parenthood’s tax funding of up to $60 million, 2) Defunded the Pro-Abortion UNFPA, and 3) Clarified abortion is not a civil right, just to name a few pro-life positions of the Trump administration. 

NIH will now move the recommendation to a “Ethics Advisory Board,” which will either approve or reject the decision. 

Several of the administration’s key officials, including the President and Vice-President, have worked with Planned Parenthood and received donations throughout the 2020 Presidential election cycle. 

“We believe that we have to do the research it takes to make sure that we are incorporating innovation and getting all of those types of treatments and therapies out there to the American people,” HHS Secretary Xavier Beccera said at a House hearing Thursday. 

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Pro-life groups have spoken out against the decision including the March for Life. The statement by President Tom McClusky reads:

“It is very disappointing that the Biden administration has chosen to reverse current policy and fund research that requires aborted fetal tissue and organs. This type of experimental research is a gross violation of human dignity and is not where the majority of Americans want their tax dollars being spent. The government has no business creating a marketplace for aborted baby body parts.” 

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