According to a report from White Coat Waste Project, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) — the agency led by Dr. Anthony Fauci — funds nearly 80% of taxpayer-supported NIH research involving preborn baby parts.
According to the investigation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is “actively funding over $27 million of research approved to use Human Fetal Tissue, also known as HFT” — and is expected to spend “over $88 million total on HFT this year.”
“Out of the current $27 million pool, $21.6 million has been disbursed by Dr. Fauci’s department, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID),” the group said. “In other words, Dr. Fauci is funding around 80% of current NIH experiments involving HFT.”
Among the gruesome studies funded by Fauci’s agency using taxpayer dollars was the creation of “humanized rodents” at the University of Pittsburgh. As I reported for Campus Reform last year:
University of Pittsburgh researchers obtained the bodies of aborted babies from a local hospital, grafting the babies’ scalps to rodents for an immunology experiment. The study attempted to cause “successful co-engraftment of human skin, autologous lymphoid tissues, and autologous immune cells” with mice and rats in the interest of providing “a means of studying the human immune response to infection in the human skin” …
Researchers obtained the scalp tissue from “medically or elective indicated termination of pregnancy” at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), with the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Tissue Bank… The babies used in the study were aborted “at the gestational age of 18 to 20 weeks.” In the second trimester of pregnancy, babies develop facial features and attain the ability to suck their thumbs, yawn, stretch, and make faces.
Indeed, the federal government and its billions of dollars in funding is the primary enabler of the abortion-academia industrial complex.
Six years ago, the United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee commissioned a Select Investigative Panel to investigate the links between universities and abortion providers. The panel’s report revealed that numerous institutions — especially public universities supported by state and federal funding — had “formed a close relationship with one or more abortion clinics.” The report said that these institutions “regularly acquire tissue from those clinics for research purposes and in some cases disseminate fetal tissue to other research institutions.”
Another report from the White Coat Waste Project found that 89% of NIH-funded research on preborn babies also incorporated animal testing.
Federal health care bureaucracies have drawn backlash for cruel experiments on animals. Most recently, two studies supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — a substrate of the NIH — fitted seven beagle puppies with a drug-injecting jacket. After the study, the beagles were either euthanized or used in more experiments. The studies were commissioned by SRI International — the same entity that took funds from the NIAID to poison and “de-bark” beagle puppies.