Bishops Applaud Cancellation of FDA Fetal Tissue Contract

Dear Friends,

Last Monday, Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that an FDA contract to purchase aborted baby body parts for research has been terminated. In addition, HHS has initiated a comprehensive review of all research involving fetal tissue and whether alternatives exist to the use of human fetal tissue in research. 

In response to this announcement, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement applauding “Secretary Azar and the Administration for cutting off ties to a company whose business is to procure aborted baby parts for research.” But since taxpayer-funded research on aborted fetal tissue continues, Cardinal Dolan also urged the Administration to “act quickly to cease all funding for research involving body parts from aborted babies.” He explained that “For the federal government to create a demand for abortion and use these children’s body parts for research is wrong,” and said that “Under a pro-life Administration, there is simply no room for callously using aborted children to further a research goal.”

Undoubtedly, your pro-life action played a part in prompting Secretary Azar’s initial actions. Please join us in thanking Secretary Azar for these initial actions but urging him to act quickly to cease all funding for research involving body parts from aborted babies and only use our taxpayer dollars for ethical research.

Your voices are important and impactful. Thank you for all you do to make pro-life voices heard on these important matters of life!

Brian Duggan
Executive Director
Human Life Action

Greg Schleppenbach
Associate Director
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

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