89 Lawmakers Push for HHS Audit After Allegations of Illicit Baby Organ Harvesting at This University by Steve Warren for CBN News
Eighty-nine members of Congress from both the Senate and the House have signed a letter calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate a fetal tissue bank at the University of Pittsburgh.
They want HHS Inspector General (IG) Christi Grimm to conduct an immediate audit into whether the university violated federal law while conducting fetal tissue research subsidized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
As CBN News reported in August of 2021, the NIH authorized a $3 million grant to the University of Pittsburgh for inducing labor on full-term pregnant women, and then surgically removing organs from their babies for the school’s tissue bank.
The push for a comprehensive IG audit comes after HHS ignored serious concerns raised in previous letters by the members of Congress who all oppose fetal tissue research.
Instead of probing the alarming allegations, the Biden administration said the NIH Office of Extramural Research had “been in discussions” with the University of Pittsburgh that resulted in the commissioning of an “independent, third-party firm” whose report could be found publicly posted on the University’s website.
The lawmakers said this move by the NIH was unacceptable.
“Rather than conduct an independent evaluation of its own, NIH chose to accept and endorse a report that had been paid for by the institution it had been asked to investigate,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter led by U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Lisa McClain (R-MI), and Mike Kelly (R-PA) together with Sens. James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Josh Hawley (R-MO).