We asked the University of Michigan to stop buying baby parts

By Audrey Nitzel, SFLA Michigan Regional Coordinator

My adventure on the University of Michigan’s campus was an interesting one to say the least. Around thirty students, alumni, and other community members woke up early on a beautiful Saturday morning to protest the trafficking of aborted baby body parts at the University of Michigan.UM fetal trafficking2

With the weather on our side at a sunny 65 degrees, we began to set up. More and more people began to gather with homemade signs, and we began our rally.

We had Lynn Mills, Monica Miller, Sandie Weathers, myself and many other students speak out against this horrific act. We presented evidence of the school’s role in fetal tissue trafficking, including invoices from Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, obtained through a MI state FOIA request. ABR charges double if you order two fetal eyes instead of just one…as if extracting the baby’s second eyeball costs an extra $340 on top of the first one. View the invoices here.

About halfway through a man began yelling profanities and calling us “fascists” and telling us that we did not have the right to free speech. He was yelling “woah” as loud as he could to simply create as much noise as possible and block us from raising awareness about the trafficking.

Monica Miller was speaking at the time and she tried to ask this man what his argument was and he just did not have one, and he continued screaming.

I calmly went up to him and said that campus police was on their way (we had given them a quick call) and that they were prepared to fine him with harassment charges. I told him that if he didn’t leave immediately and allow us to continue on with our free speech I would take a picture of him and give it to the police when they arrived. He said one last nasty comment and walked briskly away.

Shortly after, another protester joined us, and he claimed to be of the Christian faith. He argued with pro-lifers as speakers tried to convey their messages, and began getting louder and louder. He spilled his drink (presumably coffee) on himself, and was acting very obnoxious.UM fetal traficking

I asked him if he could consider discussing with us after the event was over, as it was disrespectful to the speakers and he said “Hell no, I don’t have to listen to this shit.” Well obviously he did not have to listen, but he remained and continued to cause a ruckus anyway.

A woman from the pro-life movement removed him from the crowd (second time a woman had to try to remove from the pro-life rally) and finally calmed him down and we believe he is more open to the pro-life side now.

During the rally, we learned that Norma McCorvey  – the ‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade – passed away. She was the first pawn that the pro-abortion movement used to claim its right to an abortion through the US Supreme Court. Ms. McCorvey publicly converted to become pro-life and then became a Christian and worked the rest of her days to reverse the damage of the infamous court case.

Many tears shed and Monica Miller led a beautiful prayer in remembrance of her.

We had collected signatures during the rally for a letter to the University of Michigan’s president, demanding that the school stop their role in the fetal trafficking industry. We had around thirty signatures and Rachel Crawford, president of the Students for Life group at the University of Michigan will deliver it to the President of the University of Michigan on Monday morning.

The truth behind fetal tissue research

The abortion industry touts the amazing research done with the use of baby body parts, which is what they tell women when they consent to have an abortion – and donating the “fetal tissue” of their preborn baby post-abortion.

Putting aside the entire illegality and betrayal of having women sign intentionally deceptive consent forms that fail to say those baby body parts will be sold for profit, does fetal tissue research really add up to all it’s cracked up to be?

Looking through the massive report from the Select Panel on Infant Lives in the U.S. House of Representatives, who did a years worth of research and compiling evidence in the abortion industry’s fetal trafficking business, the answer would be no, fetal tissue research is all that the abortion industry claims it to be.

Below is from the Select Panel’s report:

Fetal tissue of aborted babies has not been and is not necessary for any kind of life-saving treatment for disease research. The abortion industry uses fruitless research to pressure women for their consent to hand over their aborted children for profit.

  • Early vaccine research did not depend on human fetal tissue
    • Vaccine research was begun by Edward Jenner in the late 1700s, more than 100 years before the first published use of human fetal tissue for biomedical research
    • While human fetal tissue cultures were used to first successfully create the polio virus in a laboratory and for basic research (which could have been accomplished using non-fetal or even non-human cells), the human fetal tissue did not result in a vaccine or a cure, nor has it ever been used to make the polio vaccine.
    • Fetal tissue and fetal cell lines were not used to develop the measles vaccine. It was instead created using cells from chicken eggs, human placentas, and adult kidneys.
    • The vaccine for mumps was not created using human fetal tissue. It was developed using cultures from monkey cells and chicken embryos.
    • While human fetal tissue has been used to produce a vaccine for Rubella, it was not used to develop the first vaccines, nor is it necessary for further research or production of rubella vaccines.
  • None of the nearly 75 vaccine formulations currently licensed in the United States is produced using freshly isolated human fetal tissue, according to data provided by the FDA (Exhibit 9.3 here). Some use cell lines created in the 1970s, but those vaccines don’t require new fetal tissue, and could be produced using non-fetal tissue.
  • Human fetal tissue is not required for research into human brain diseases such as Zika or Down syndrome. Tissue from other mammalian species can be used. For example, less than 1% of the more than 20,000 research articles on the development of neural tissue in the NIH database used human fetal tissue.
    • The major advances in our understanding of the Zika virus have not come from research involving human fetal tissue.
  • In the nearly 100 years that research using human fetal tissue has been unrestricted, not a single clinical treatment has been developed from human fetal tissue. In contrast, stem and progenitor cells from non-fetal tissues have rapidly yielded clinical treatments with proven benefits to patients. The select panel report includes specific data on how human fetal tissue has not been used or is not necessary for research or cures on a whole range of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, ALS, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, preterm birth, spinal cord injury, and Zika.

All exhibits for this section can be found here: https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/Chapter_IX_Exhibits.pdf