Monday, October 11, 2021

The Appalling Moral Failure of Francis Collins | Evolution News

In May, reports surfaced about macabre NIH-funded experiments that utilized body parts collected from aborted human fetuses to create “humanized mouse and rodent models with full-thickness human skin.” For the experiments, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh cut into tiny pieces “human fetal spleen, thymus, and liver organs” and “then transplanted the tissues and hematopoietic stem cells into irradiated… mice.” Researchers also sliced off skin from the scalp of the aborted babies and then grafted the fetal skin onto the mice. In the words of the scientists: “Full-thickness human fetal skin was processed via removal of excess fat tissues attached to the subcutaneous layer of the skin, then engrafted over the rib cage, where the mouse skin was previously excised.”

The body parts used for these experiments were harvested from aborted human fetuses with a gestational age of 18-20 weeks. By that age, an unborn baby has brain waves and a beating heart. He can hear sounds and move his limbs and eyes, and his digestion system has started to work. In other words, the human fetuses whose organs were harvested for this NIH-funded research were well-developed tiny humans, not blobs of undifferentiated cells.  

In August, an additional project funded by the NIH came to light thanks to documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch and the Center for Medical Progress. The lawsuit was filed after Collins’s NIH dragged its feet in responding. According to Judicial Watch, the documents show that the NIH has provided nearly $3 million in tax dollars to support a fetal organ harvesting operation by the University of Pittsburgh in its “quest to become a ‘Tissue Hub’ for human fetal tissue ranging from 6 to 42 [!] weeks gestation.”  

David Daleiden, president of the Center for Medical Progress, commented: “The NIH grant application for just one of Pitt’s numerous experiments with aborted infants reads like an episode of American Horror Story. 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….”

Daleiden further alleged that NIH funding was used to underwrite “labor induction abortions, where the baby is pushed out of the mother whole” and then killed to obtain the desired tissues. In other words, the NIH was facilitating a process where “babies, some of the age of viability, [are] to be delivered alive, and then killing them by cutting their kidneys out.”

Francis Collins self-identifies as an evangelical Christian, and most evangelicals as well as faithful Catholics regard abortion as the destruction of innocent human life. 

So how has Collins responded to these revelations? With horror? With a pledge to investigate? With a promise to stop taxpayer funding of such research?


The experiments on unborn (and actually recently born if allegations are true) babies are appalling, but the ones on innocent puppies are beyond the pale. Evidently, the ones on babies involve cutting off pieces of scalp while the fetus-baby can still feel pain. Or so I have read. That has got to really suck for the little critters. I mean, honestly, there has got to be more humane ways to kill babies, if you're determined to do so. But I guess that doesn't get you those fresh live baby parts so we can do . . . Science! Yeah, so, I'm not a big fan of Dr. Collins. Oh, yeah, and there's the funding of GOF research in our favorite lab in the good ol' PRC. Don't think much of that either.

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As a thought experiment (because the real thing would be impractical I imagine) how would you feel if, instead of aborted babies, the same sort of "harvesting" were applied to dead babies from natural miscarriages?

How would you feel if the harvesting were applied only to aborted babies that had been aborted to protect the mother's life?

All three policies would be gruesome, but would these two be more tolerable than the Colllins' one?

Posted by: dearieme | Oct 11, 2021 1:29:26 PM

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