Students for Life, Pro-Life Allies Hold Rally Demanding Action Against Barbaric Research at University of Pittsburgh

Autumn Doersching - 07 May 2021

“Following a video exposing horrifying research and partnership with Planned Parenthood at Pitt, Students for Life has mobilized Pennsylvania residents to call and email state legislators and rally in person to make their voices heard,” said Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life and Students for Life Action

PITTSBURGH, P.A., and WASHINGTON, D.C. (05-06-2021) – TOMORROW (Friday, May 7th), Students for Life and other pro-life allies will rally at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) to demand action on the university’s inhuman research on aborted children. The university’s activities were recently exposed in a video and testimony by David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress.

The rally will take place at 11 a.m. EST at 5th Avenue and Bigelow Blvd near Soldiers and Sailors Lawn. The event is organized by Students for Life of America, Rehumanize International, the Pennsylvania Family Council, and others. Michele Hendrickson, Eastern Regional Director for Students for Life of America, will speak. Full list of speakers below.

Testifying before the Pennsylvania Health Committee on May 4th, Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden said:

It’s a matter of public record that there are horrific abuses of aborted infants taking place [in] PA through the extensive fetal experimentation programs at the taxpayer-funded University of Pittsburgh. 

In a recent study, Pitt scientists describe scalping 5-month-old aborted babies and grafting their scalps onto the backs of lab rats to keep them growing… in the study you can see the pictures of little baby scalps growing tiny baby hairs on the backs of lab rats and lab mice. Each one of those scalps… represents a little PA baby who would have grown those little hairs on their head if they had not been killed by abortion for experiments with rodents. 

Starting in 2016, Pitt received a $1.4M grant from the NIH to become a distribution hub for aborted fetal kidneys and bladders and other organs in the NIH’s genitourinary development mapping atlas program. Pitt’s grant application for this grant from the NIH states that the university has a unique access to a large number of high-quality aborted fetuses and can “ramp up” delivery of abortion fetal body parts across the country.

Daleiden describes the live fetal liver harvesting of a Pitt stem cell scientist whose protocol “calls for aborting 5-month-old fetuses alive via labor induction in order to deliver the baby whole, then wash the baby, place the baby on a surgical tray, and cut the baby open to harvest the baby’s liver as fresh and clean as possible.” The purpose of this harvesting is to transplant fetal stem cells into adults.

Pitt alumna, former Students for Life group president, SFLA Wilberforce Fellow, and current Pitt research student Elena Liguori will speak at tomorrow’s rally. She commented:

The University of Pittsburgh has the power and the resources to use medicine to help people in wonderful ways and does this often. However, medicine should never come at a cost of the most vulnerable, particularly the unborn. With rapid advances in the capabilities of medicine and science, we must be sure to ask ourselves not only what is possible but first and foremost what is right and ethical.

Pro-Life Rally To Demand End To Barbaric Research at Pitt

Friday, May 7th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST 

5th Avenue and Bigelow Blvd 

(On the public sidewalk next to Soldiers and Sailors Lawn across from the William Pitt Union.) 

Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International
Elena Liguori, Student
Michele Hendrickson, Students for Life of America
Meredith Parente, the McGee Project
Dan Bartkowiak, Pennsylvania Family Institute
Pastor Chuck Jewell, New Creation Church
Tim Wainwright, Catholic Social Action
Greg Engelmeyer, Pittsburgh Sidewalk Advocates
Aimee Murphy, Rehumanize International

For interviews, contact Lauren Enriquez at [email protected] 


Students for Life Action (SFLAction) is the 501c4 sister organization of Students for Life of America (SFLA), the nation’s largest, pro-life, student organization with more than 1,240 groups on middle, high school, and university campuses in all 50 states. Students for Life has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life outreach in the world and mobilizes the Pro-Life Generation to confront abortion at the local, state and national levels daily. Every week, Students for Life entities reach more than 2 million people across social media platforms to have nearly 200,000 digital conversations with the most engaged pro-life online audience in the world. 

Students for Life of America (SFLA) is the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1,240 groups on college and university, middle and high school, medical and law school campuses in all 50 states. Student pro-life organizations work to confront policies on their campuses to support pregnant and parenting students, to end Planned Parenthood’s relationships with schools and communities, and to change minds of their peers about abortion. SFLA has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life entity.


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