UW-Madison confirms use of aborted baby parts in ongoing research

In mid-July, we wrote about UW-Madison opposing potential legislation that would ban the use of aborted fetal parts in research projects in the state.

That legislation was introduced last week Tuesday, authored by Rep. Andre Jacque. Read the bill here.

The legislation bans persons from knowingly and for valuable consideration acquiring, receiving, or transferring a fetal body part. It also bans persons from knowingly providing, receiving, or using for experimentation a fetal body part. Fetal body part is defined to mean a cell, tissue, organ, or other part of an unborn child who is aborted by an induced abortion.

University of Wisconsin (UW) officials are already attacking the bill, claiming that it will have a “chilling effect” on the biomedical research UW Madison is currently conducting using aborted fetal tissue. Click here for a Capital Times article detailing the UW’s opposition to AB 214 and Rep. Jacque’s and PLW’s response.

Click here [PDF] for PLW’s legislative memo detailing the UW’s grisly research on human fetal body parts.

Federal law prohibits the interstate trafficking of human fetal body parts. Wisconsin’s intrastate commercial activity must have a similar prohibition so that we can guarantee the highest ethical standards of academic research and medical care in our state. Pro-Life Wisconsin thanks Representative Jacque for introducing AB 214 and defending the human dignity of our aborted brothers and sisters.

Why would UW-Madison oppose such a law? Shouldn’t the state’s flagship university be concerned with the education of students (not to mention human beings that will never experience college, due to being aborted)?

There is documented evidence of UW conducting research on human fetal brain and pancreatic tissue, most recently a 2000 fetal brain cell study conducted by Su-Chun Zhang of the UW-Madison Department of Medical Sciences used immature neural cells from fetal human brain tissue of 15-20 gestation weeks “after elective termination of intrauterine pregnancies” to study neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The study acknowledged Dr. Dennis Christenson, a former Madison abortionist, for his “assistance in this project.”

And now we know UW is currently using aborted baby parts in research.  UW’s vaunted research facilities have become a Communist-style house of horrors. You know who else performs research on human beings? Cuba, Germany, Russia, Korea…

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Pro-Life Wisconsin requests Attorney General to enforce law against UW Hospital funding of abortion training

On behalf of Pro-Life Wisconsin, the Alliance Defense Fund filed a formal request on Tuesday, July 5, with the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office to confirm the illegality of and enforce the law against the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) Authority’s payment of physician-residents for abortion training at Planned Parenthood in Madison. The recently-signed state budget specifically applies current law restrictions on abortion funding to the UWHC Authority.

Our University of Wisconsin public entities should not be ground zero for training abortionists. Residents need to be instructed how to save, preserve and respect life, not how to kill preborn children at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s number-one abortion provider.

To view the letter to the Attorney General, click here.

Medical residents in the UW School of Medicine Ob/Gyn Department have two four-week rotations at Planned Parenthood, where they view and participate in abortions. To view the rotation schedule, click here. To view the signed contract between UW and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, click here.

Wisconsin law is crystal clear: No state agency can fund abortions. The UWHC Authority is a state agency, and it is not above the law. We look forward to Attorney General Van Hollen’s confirmation and enforcement of this critical law so that the UWHC does not stubbornly persist in their illegal and offensive abortion funding.

Laurel Rice, chair of the UWHC Authority’s ob/gyn department, performs abortions at Planned Parenthood in Madison.

Background regarding UW Hospital and its ties to Planned Parenthood:
-          In March 2010, an open records request done by Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Alliance Defense Fund revealed  that UW Hospital was sending ob/gyn medical school residents to PPWI for abortion training.
–          In April 2010, PLW and ADF filed a request for a legal opinion with the state of Wisconsin Attorney General’s office on whether it was legal for state taxpayer funds to be used to train future abortionists.
–          In June 2010, the Attorney General’s office concurred that UW was violating state law and sent the matter on for a state funding audit.
–          When the budget was being voted on, a budget provision was inserted defining UW Hospital as a state agency, effectively ending UW Hospital’s ability to send its residents over to PPWI.

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UW-Madison to oppose law banning fetal body parts research

An article in Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal focused on pro-life legislative efforts now that the state budget has been signed into law.

In the article, UW-Madison states it will oppose efforts to ban research using aborted baby parts:

Pro-Life Wisconsin’s top legislative priority is a law that would prohibit the sale and use of any human fetal body part, such as a cell, tissue or organ. [Pro-Life Wisconsin’s legislative director Matt Sande] said the law is needed to prevent parts of aborted fetuses from being used in research, which he said has been done at UW-Madison.

UW-Madison and UW Health issued a joint statement in response saying, in part, “Limiting or barring access to legally and ethically obtained research materials would compromise the ability of scientists to find new drugs and therapies to treat serious diseases.”

“It’s a very exciting time for us, with a 100 percent pro-life governor and pro-life majorities in both houses,” he said.

Sande’s group also hopes to repeal a law passed by the last Legislature that requires schools that teach sex education to include age-appropriate information about birth control.

Authored by Representative Andre Jacque (R-Bellevue) and Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), the legislation bans persons from knowingly and for valuable consideration acquiring, receiving, or transferring a fetal body part. It also bans persons from knowingly providing, receiving, or using for experimentation a fetal body part.

Not only does the UW not deny their use of human fetal body parts for research, they provide justification for doing so! Also in the WSJ article, Planned Parenthood does not deny our claim that PPWI received $18 million in state and taxpayer funding in 2010.

There is documented evidence of the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison conducting research on human fetal brain and pancreatic tissue. A 2000 fetal brain cell study conducted by Su-Chun Zhang of the UW-Madison Department of Medical Sciences used immature neural cells from fetal human brain tissue of 15-20 gestation weeks “after elective termination of intrauterine pregnancies” to study neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The study acknowledged Dr. Dennis Christenson, a former Madison abortionist, for his “assistance in this project.” Click here for PLW’s legislative memo detailing the UW’s grisly research on human fetal body parts.

In addition to the above study, UW conducted research on mice reconstituted with fetal pancreas and fetal pancreas transplanted into the bodies of diabetic humans.

Federal law prohibits the interstate trafficking of human fetal body parts.  Wisconsin’s intrastate commercial activity must have a similar prohibition so that we can guarantee the highest ethical standards of academic research and medical care in our state.

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