June 30, 2022

Students for Life Action Encourages Pennsylvania House to Hold the Line: Vote Down Any Budget that Allows Funding for UPitt Barbaric Experiments

“We recognize the opportunity that the pro-life Republican-controlled legislature has to act, and all politicians, regardless of their position on abortion and party affiliation, should be in opposition to Pitt’s research on aborted babies,” said Dustin Curtis, SFLAction Executive Director. “Legislators that allow Pitt funding will not escape political ramifications for the unethical research being done. We are strongly advocating for House members to hold the line against pressure to abandon the amendment they passed. Any tax dollar given to this University without the House language condones their vile research.”  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (06-30-2022) – Students for Life Action (SFLAction) encourages the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to hold the line, and to vote down any budget without its ban on research on the preborn for public universities ahead of today’s 2022 budget deadline on SB 1283. SFLAction has been deeply engaged in exposing and acting against the barbaric human rights abuses being committed at UPitt including experiments with the scalps of 5-month-old children with down syndrome who were killed in abortion violence.

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SFLAction has learned from sources at the capital that the House faces pressure to go along with the senate’s budget language, which created one line item for all Colleges and Universities in the budget, prohibiting pro-life Representatives from voting down the funding for Pitt or ending the research. Not only would these actions not hold Pitt accountable for the barbaric experiments without also punishing other public colleges, it condones the research being funded by Pennsylvania’s taxpayer dollars.

SFLAction commends the House for passing the amendment that states any University that conducts experiments on aborted babies is ineligible from receiving state funds. Unfortunately, three Republicans voted no along with every Democrat.

“The House has taken action to stop Pitt’s research, and we encourage them to hold the line. We call on the House and Senate to reject any budget without the amendment’s protections for the preborn,” said Dustin Curtis, SFLAction Executive Director. “The senate should adopt the protections being put forward by the House. SFLAction would regard efforts to proceed without the amendment as assisting the university in getting away with ghastly research. We recognize the opportunity that the pro-life Republican-controlled legislature has to act, and all politicians, regardless of their position on abortion and party affiliation, should be in opposition to Pitt’s research.”

SFLAction is grateful for pro-life allies in Pennsylvania’s legislature who worked tirelessly on amendments during this budget season to protect preborn and end Pitts research. During the run up to the House vote, SFLAction has run targeted programs to educate constituents with text messages and phone calls until Pitt ceases their experiments with aborted babies.

To learn more about the Post-Roe Blueprint from Students for Life Action, read Hawkins’ latest op-ed at Fox titled RIP Roe: Supreme Court abortion ruling sets stage for what pro-life groups do next.

Read about SFLAction’s engagement in Pennsylvania’s primaries HERE

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Students for Life Action (SFLAction), a 501c4, along with its 501c3 sister organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA), make up the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization and a political and policy operation engaging people of all ages. Together they work to end abortion — the human rights issue of our day — and provide political, legal, and community support for women and their children, born and preborn. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA has more than 1,250 groups on middle, high school, college, university, medical, and law school campuses in all 50 states. SFLA creates strategy, policy, and programming to connect those most targeted for abortion with people ready to help and builds a framework for political engagement on their behalf. SFLA and SFLAction have more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry than any other pro-life outreach in the world, reaching more than 2 million people across social media platforms each week and engaging in approximately 100,000 digital conversations per month. Over more than 15 years, President Kristan Hawkins has grown SFLAction/SFLA into an $18 million organization preparing for a Post-Roe America.