By Anna Allgaier, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator
This past weekend I gathered with approximately 100 other Hoosiers to ask Indiana University one simple question: Will you please stop purchasing baby body parts for research?
This story really begins nearly two years ago, when the country was shocked to learn that the abortion industry, namely Planned Parenthood, had been participating in the secret sale of fetal remains from the children that they had aborted in their centers. The country was widely appalled and outraged at the news of an apparent black market trade of the body parts of aborted babies.
Our fears were confirmed when an extensive Congressional investigation completed by the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives found that there had in fact been many records of fetal remains bought and sold around the country.
This is where it started hitting close to home. Around the time that this investigative panel was recommending Planned Parenthood for criminal charges, the State of Indiana was taking action of their own by passing House Enrolled Act 1337, which prohibits the transfer or acceptance of fetal tissue remains in or out of the State of Indiana. This was passed primarily as a protection to make sure that Indiana wouldn’t fall into the unsavory business of buying aborted baby body parts for any reason, including that of medical research. Little did we know however, that we were already participants in the baby body part trade through our beloved Indiana University.
Indiana University (IU) has been buying aborted baby brains from the University of Washington for $200. We know this because we have actual invoices to IU with “fetal brains” as the line item right next to a monetary value; $200. See the invoice here.
Can you imagine? This invoice will make you sick. There is literally a number value next to that of a human brain taken from a child without their consent or approval.
Following this new discovery, we knew that we had to do something. So, SFLA joined with IU Students for Life to organize a rally calling for further investigations into the University’s role in the fetal trafficking industry, and demanding that they end the appalling business of cutting up aborted children to be used for research.
We joined together with approximately 100 students, faculty, alumni, and concerned Hoosiers to ask the university to stop participating in the trade of aborted baby body parts. Speakers stood in front of this large crowd and begged that Indiana University continue its medical research in ways that respect and value all human life.
“Cures without Killing” was the line of the day.
You see, we received some opposition to this event. I personally received nearly 80 messages from community members asking why we hated medical advancements, why we want to waste “perfectly good brains”, etc. That is exactly it; because they are “perfectly good brains” from perfectly good and valuable children.
We plead with our fellow students, Hoosiers, and Americans to see that we are not against medical research. In fact, we greatly appreciate medical advancements. However, our research breakthroughs and successes should never hinge on the killing of innocent human beings.
It’s sad that we even had to hold this rally.It’s sad that we must ask this question. We were and are literally asking a state funded university to stop buying the body parts of aborted children (valuable, non-consensual subjects) for their research labs.
We will continue calling our scientists, our universities, and our society to more ethical and respectful research practices that value all human beings equally. Cures without killing.