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May 3, 2021

University of Pittsburgh Students for Life Leaders are Horrified and Disgusted by the Inhumane Research on Campus, using Aborted Infant Tissue Harvested from a Planned Parenthood 

New video presents disturbing information about Government Sponsored, Taxpayer Funded research with aborted infant remains 

“Dr. Anthony Fauci should be ashamed to be affiliated with this kind of Dr. Frankenstein ‘research,’ taking babies born during abortions only to be cut up and sold for parts,” said Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins. “Today’s video shows the horrifying realities of on-going research that attempts to profit off the death of the innocents.”  

Protest Planned for Friday 11 a.m. Eastern. Event at 5th Avenue and Bigelow Blvd near Soldiers and Sailors Lawn. 

WASHINGTON D.C. (05-03-2021) – Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins along with SFLA present and past student leaders from the University of Pittsburgh expressed horror over revelations today in a new video from the Center for Medical Progress that details research in which infant remains are harvested from abortions at a Planned Parenthood at taxpayer expense through funding from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s NIAID office at the National Institutes of Health.

“Our schools should not be providing additional income for abortion vendors’ grotesque side business of cutting up and selling the babies they abort,” said Hawkins. “As a Pennsylvanian myself, I’m calling on our state legislators to stop this practice and require the University of Pittsburgh to end the inhumane research. What’s even more offensive about the information out today is that ethical research without aborted infant tissue has been found more effective. The details of this gruesome research illustrate why it’s also important for the federal government to put an end to this unethical practice, paid for by U.S. tax dollars.”

“We are deeply disappointed that the university we attend would invest in this,” said Pitt Students for Life President Anna Schanne, adding: “The University of Pittsburgh should not align themselves with Planned Parenthood. Especially as a public university, it is disgusting that taxpayer money be used on morally and ethically problematic research. It is deeply horrifying to know that we walk on the campus and pass the buildings that use aborted children from Planned Parenthood for research.”

Pitt alumni, former SFL president, Wilberforce fellow and current research student Elena Liguori agreed and made the following comments: “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, particurly 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.

“The use of fetal tissues and embryonic cells is unethical and wrong. Furthermore, with other recent advances in science, the use of those tissues and cells is unnecessary and largely ineffective. We must make a stand to protect human life in all its forms and at all its stages. As a Pitt alumna and current graduate student, I am horrified by this research and the University’s connection with the leading abortion vendor, Planned Parenthood. True medicine and good science are pro-life.”

Stay up to date on the Pro-Life Generation’s engagement in state legislation at https://studentsforlifeaction.org.

For interviews, e-mail Kristi Hamrick at khamrick@studentsforlife.org.

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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 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.