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1970’s Commission looks into fetal experimentation and research

Posted in Abortion History, Fetal Development, fetal heartbeat, Fetal Homicide, Fetal Organs, Fetal Pain, fetal Remains, fetal research, Fetal Stem Cell, Fetal Surgery, Fetal Tissue, The Ryan Program with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2018 by saynsumthn

Some abortion survivors were kept alive almost a day for experimentation

Image: 10 week old Fetus kept alive via artificial womb (Image credit: Life Magazine Sep 10, 1965)

In part one of this series on fetal research, Live Action News detailed a number of experiments conducted on living abortion survivors. Due to the outrage over such experiments reported in the media in the 1970s, the National Research Act established the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. The commission was chaired by Kenneth John Ryan, MD, an abortionist who also taught others how to do abortions.

IMage: Dr. Kenneth Ryan chaired commission on fetal research (Image credit: Harvard Gazette)

Dr. Kenneth Ryan chaired commission on fetal research (Image credit: Harvard Gazette)

A report published by the Harvard Gazette at the time of Ryan’s death states:

 President Jimmy Carter appointed Ken to chair the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.

…When he became the Chief of Staff at the Boston Hospital for Women in 1973, one year after the Roe vs Wade decision, he established the first abortion service in a university hospital and included training in the necessary skills as a routine part of residency education. In 1975 Ken credentialed and granted admitting privileges to Dr. Kenneth Edelin, an African-American, even as he was under indictment for manslaughter in a politically motivated prosecution for performing a legal abortion at Boston City Hospital.

The Ryan Program, which bears the doctor’s name and partners with Planned Parenthood, was established in 1999 to train OB-GYN residents in abortion.

Dr. Paul Ramsey, a Professor of Religion at Princeton University, also served on the commission. He wrote a lengthy opinion in the section entitled, “Moral Issues in Fetal Research,” criticizing NIH definitions of life and death regarding the preborn child, with good reason:

The answer seems clear enough: the difference between the life and death of a human fetus/abortus should be determined substantially in the same way physicians use in making other pronouncements of death… the 1973 NIH proposed guidelines studiously refuses to speak of the previable fetus as “living” or having “life.” By studiously refusing to speak of a previable fetus/abortus who may still be medically “alive” and by leaving the determination of viability entirely to the discretion of physician researchers (not even excluding abortuses with respiration from being deemed previable and entered into experimentation), the American guidelines can be faulted for lack of definitional clarity. Indeed, if and only if the previable fetus is human, unique for certain purposes, and alive in significant medical respects–i.e., if it is not dead–could claims be made that researchers need the knowledge uniquely to be gained by using the fetus/abortus while it is still living, growing and reacting as a tiny, whole fetal human being or entity.

This national commission was tasked to investigate and study research involving abortion survivors, and to recommend whether and under what circumstances such research should be conducted or supported by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). Up to this time, the July 1974 “National Research Act” had ruled that the “Secretary may not conduct or support research in the United States or abroad on a living human fetus, before or after the induced abortion of such fetus, unless such research is done for the purpose of assuring the survival of such fetus.”

Report Research on the Fetus

At the time the commission began, a New York Times article detailed how members of the commission had reviewed existing research of human fetuses. Members told the paper that the amount of research already conducted using aborted fetuses was “so substantial as to seem surprising.”

Image: article Hundreds of aborted fetuses delivered outside womb, NYT 1975

Hundreds of aborted fetuses delivered outside womb, NYT 1975

The most controversial form of research the commission found was on the “fetus outside the womb,” involving “fetuses delivered by abortion.” The commission claimed hundreds of reports of such cases had been conducted. Experiments were also conducted on already expired fetuses from spontaneous or induced abortions. Below is a small sample of what the commission found:

  • Physiologic and Metabolic Studies: Fetal hearts, removed just after death of a fetus following hysterotomy abortion, have been studied to establish physiologic response data.
  • Studies of the Pregnant Mother: Women undergoing elective midtrimester abortion have been starved for 87 hours before abortion in an attempt to learn the effects of caloric deprivation on pregnancy and to gain some information as to whether the fetus could adapt to fuels other than glucose.
  • Research With the Previable Fetus Outside the Uterus: To learn whether the human fetal brain could metabolize ketone bodies, brain metabolism was isolated in 8 human fetuses (12-17 weeks’ gestation) after hysterotomy abortion by perfusing the isolated head (the head was separated from the rest of the body). The study demonstrated that, similar to other species, brain metabolism could be supported by ketone bodies during fetal life suggesting avenues of therapy in some fetal disease states.
  • Another technique for studying the ability of the midtrimester fetus to carry out endocrine reactions used 4 fetuses (16-20 weeks’ gestation) immediately after hysterotomy abortion. The fetuses were perfused through their umbilical veins while being housed in a perfusion tank. Fetal tissues were examined at the end of the study.
  • After studies with newborn and fetal mice, cutaneous respiration (breathing through the skin) was studied in 15 fetuses (9-24 weeks’ gestation) from induced abortions. The fetuses were immersed in a salt solution with oxygen at high pressure. The fetuses were judged to be aliveby a pulsating cord or visible heart beat; if necessary the chest was opened to observe the heart. Four fetuses were supported for 22 hours in this attempt at developing a fetal incubator.
  • Seven previable fetuses (200-375 grams) from spontaneous or induced abortions were immersed in a perfusion tank and perfused with oxygenated blood through their umbilical vessels. The fetuses survived and moved for 5-12 hours.

Interestingly, in addition to general experimentation, the commission noted that if the fetus could “feel pain” then experimenting on abortion survivors would not be permissible. Of course, that debate continues to linger despite evidence that they do feel pain.

Still, members were mixed:

The fetus in utero or in process of being aborted provides a more difficult ethical analysis than does the dead fetus or the living viable infant. There is a presumption of viability at any stage in gestation for the living fetus as long as it remains inside the uterus. Thus experimentation involving that fetus must have acceptably low risk of any harmful effect on viability or on the potential for meaningful, healthy life. If the process of abortion has begun, the life of the fetus will soon end. There is debate about whether different standards apply in that situation and we disagree in our own analysis.

One view holds that no risks can be imposed that would not be acceptable for the fetus which was continuing life. Another view will accept an increase in risks if the information is important and alternate ways of obtaining the information are not practical, if the methods of the experiment are acceptable in themselves (i.e., would be used in other classes of human subjects), and if the process of dying for the fetus were not altered in an unacceptable way.

In any event, expected benefits from the experimentation still must be clear and must require the use of the human fetus to gain the desired information. Ethical considerations as to sensory perception by the fetus also must be addressed. We know of no evidence to suggest or support a contention that the fetus at midgestation or earlier, when abortions are performed, is aware of pain or has a psychologic fear of death.

Image: Ban on experimenting on live aborted fetuses (Image credit NYT, April 1975)

Ban on experimenting on live aborted fetuses (Image credit NYT, April 1975)

The commission ultimately drafted several recommendations, including a restriction on experimenting on living abortion survivors. But their report also recommended that research resulting in “no harm to the fetus” be permitted, so long as that research might benefit other fetuses.

Unfortunately, this did not stop the push for the research nor the push to obtain federal funding. According to a historical timeline of fetal research regulations published in a report by the Institute of Medicine:

After the National Commission issued its report (Report and Recommendations: Research on the Fetus), fetal research following abortion was permitted under subsequent [Department of Health Education and Welfare] DHEW regulations for therapeutic reasons, but otherwise held to the standard of “minimal risk.” Minimal risk means that no more potential harm is tolerated than would be encountered in daily life. In the case of a fetus, almost all interventions exceed minimal risk, and the regulations did not distinguish between fetuses that were carried to term and those intended for abortion. The DHEW regulations, however, contained the possibility of waiver of the minimal risk standard on a project-by-project basis by a complicated procedure to be decided ultimately by an Ethics Advisory Board.

Image: article 1975 Ban funding fetal research (Image credit Corpus Christi Times)

1975 Ban funding fetal research (Image credit Corpus Christi Times)

The first Ethics Advisory Board (EAB) was convened in 1978. The sole waiver issued by this body was to test the efficacy of using fetal blood samples for prenatal diagnosis of sickle cell anemia. The charter for the EAB expired in 1980, and despite publication of a draft charter in 1988, it has not been reactivated.

According to CQ Researcher, in 1988, an NIH commission “voted 18–3 to pronounce fetal tissue transplant research ‘acceptable public policy’—a position then unanimously endorsed by the standing advisory committee to the director of the NIH. That advice, however, was rejected in November 1989 by Louis W. Sullivan, the Bush administration’s secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), NIH’s parent department. Sullivan decided instead to extend, indefinitely, the moratorium on NIH funding of fetal tissue research first ordered by the Reagan administration in March 1988. The moratorium barred NIH funding of clinical transplantation studies using tissue from induced abortions.”

However, “The NIH moratorium did not affect privately funded research in the United States.”

Co-chairman on that 1988 NIH panel was none other than Kenneth Ryan, the same abortionist/trainer who chaired the 1970’s commission. When the push for federally funded research failed, Ryan began calling for private funding to experiment on aborted children.

In part three of this series, Live Action News will detail who eventually lifted the ban on federal funding of fetal tissue research and how much taxpayers spend on this research every year.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Pro-life leaders arrested in DC during 20wk abortion protest

Posted in Fetal Pain, Late term abortion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2015 by saynsumthn

UNFOLDING:

Jill Stanek released from jail Boehner officer abortion prolife

Pat Mahoney after arrest tweet

Pat Mahoney free after arrest DC abortion

Troy Newman Pat Mahoney arrested Boehner abortion

#freetheban protest ends with the arrest of 8 #prolife leaders including @JillStanek @revmahoney.

8 prolife leaders arrested

Troy Newman arrested

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Troy Newman Arrested DC Freetheban

Troy Newman Padded down by DC Police abortion

Jill Troy Pat arrested abortion ban

Jill Stanek Arrested at Speaker Bohner’s Office
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Jill Stanek kneels with katie Mahoney Boehner abortion prolife

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Rev. Pat Mahoney arrested:

Pat Mahoney Arrested DC police Freetheban

Pat Mahioney arrested paddy wagon

Pro-choice Robin Marty has something to say today:

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Troy newman next to be arrested

Press Bohener

Jill Stanek kneel Boehner office abortion

Earlier today:

FreetheBan protest 20 week abortion

Police at Freetheban protest

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Jill STnaek Boehner

Prolife Freetheban

Wednesday pro-life leaders will conduct a pray-in/sit-in at Speaker Boehner’s office as they call for legislation banning all abortions after 20 weeks.

Sadly, the House has failed to schedule a vote on this bill.

Free the Ban Jill Troy Pat

Read more here.

Below are last minute messages from leaders Jill Stanek, Troy Newman, and the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney who organized the Free the Ban protest :

Pat and Jill Free the ban

Jill Stanek Boehner tweet abortion

OR Free the Ban

Pat Mahonety protest abortion Boehner

Jill Stanek Sit In Abortion

Pat Mahoney Tweet Free the ban

Jill Stanek Free the Ban

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Troy Newman Boehner abortion

Follow the hashtag #Freetheban on twitter as well as the FB events page for more updates.

Provocative display links shootings of Blacks by police with abortion victims

Posted in Black Conservative, Black Genocide, Black Lives Matter, Black Pastor, CBR, Clenard Childress, Fetal Development, Fetal Pain, Police Abuse with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2015 by saynsumthn

A National pro-life group is teaming up with African American leaders to introduced a provocative new pro-life sign display entitled, “All Black Lives Matter.”

All Lives Matter

The signs, created by The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), display images of abortion victims with various messages directed to the African American community and ask, where is the African-American community’s outrage over the hundreds of thousands of preborn black children butchered this year by the brutality of abortion?! Why isn’t the civil rights slogan “Don’t shoot” accompanied by the exhortation “Don’t abort”?

According to the group’s press release, the exhibit was inspired by the tragic series of encounters between black suspects and white police officers in which the suspects lost their lives while being taken into custody.

CBR said that they believes the rule of law requires that police officers who employ excessive force should be prosecuted, convicted and punished appropriately, “A young black man who raises his hands, shouting “Don’t shoot!” has a right to be apprehended unharmed,” they said.

CBR Dont Shoot Dont Abort

CBR also stated that a young black man restrained in a police choke-hold should never die of asphyxiation after declaring, “I can’t breathe.”

“The evidence is often in dispute, but where proven beyond a reasonable doubt, police brutality is an intolerable outrage — especially if racially motivated. But where is the African-American community’s outrage over the hundreds of thousands of preborn black children butchered this year by the brutality of abortion?! Why isn’t the civil rights slogan “Don’t shoot” accompanied by the exhortation “Don’t abort”? When will African-American religious and political leaders acknowledge that aborted babies can’t breathe either? A police choke-hold can be a form of torture, and abortion also tortures babies to death. As Lila Rose recently established in another of her brilliant Live Action videos, the abortion industry lies to mothers about fetal pain,” their release says.

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More from the Press Release:

    The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports in a review titled, “Fetal Pain: Implications for Research and Practice” (September 1999), that “… It is possible that the fetus can feel pain from 20 weeks and is caused distress from interventions as early as 15 or 16 weeks” (p 885). Brain structures activated by 16 weeks “… could be associated with unpleasant conscious experience” (p 885). Between 13 and 16 weeks is when “… it is likely that the fetus is aware of anything that is going on in its body …” (p 882). At eight weeks, “The fetus starts to make movements in response to being touched …” (p 882). More than 100,000 babies each year are aborted after 13 weeks (about 10% of the 1.1 million annual total). Approximately 17,000 are killed after 21 weeks (about 1.4% of the total).

    A large percentage of these babies are African-American and many are dying slow, agonizing deaths. Those who aren’t torn to pieces suffer excruciating heart attacks after being injected with lethal doses of digoxin or potassium chloride, the same poisons being used to stop the hearts of death row inmates (See Boston.com, “Shots Assist in Aborting Fetuses,” August 10, 2007.)

    The Orange County Register, January 24, 2015, published a story headlined “Justices to Review Drug for Execution,” which reported that the U.S. Supreme Court is examining the possibility that these drugs are causing inmates “intense” pain. The Los Angeles Times, on the same day, notes that an African-American inmate named Charles Warner recently exclaimed, “My body is on fire,” after receiving this lethal injection.

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is rightly dismayed to report (NAACP LDF Report “Death Row U.S.A.,” Summer 2013) that black inmates comprise 42% of death row prisoners. Why, then, do they strongly support the slaughter of the far greater numbers of African-American preborn children being executed with the same lethal injections?

    NAACP leader Julian Bond recently equated abortion rights with racially-related civil rights (“NAACP Leader: Right to Abort is Same as Right to Eat at Lunch Counter,” LifeNews.com, August 6, 2014). The NAACP is so intellectually dishonest concerning black genocide that its board refuses to permit any debate on any proposed resolution related to abortion and won’t even allow the public reading of such proposals.

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CBR said they are teaming up with the Rev. Clenard Childress a black minister who is a member of their board and will be holding a press conference in Washington D.C to unveil the new display. Rev. Childress is founder of BlackGenocide.Org. Several other African-American pastors and pro-life activists will also present brief remarks.

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As these abortion photos prove incontestably, abortion is an act of violence which kills a baby, and abortion is teaching an entire generation of young African-Americans to solve its problems by resorting to violence,” they said.

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In addition, the group points out that the targeting of the African American community by Planned Parenthood’s “abortion care” has suppressed the black vote more effectively than poll taxes, literacy tests, voter I.D. requirements and Ku Klux Klan lynchings combined.

Abortion suppresses the Black Vote.”

CBR Abortion Surpresses Black Vote

These new signs are intended to stop this fratricidal atrocity,” says CBR, “CBR will collaborate with African-American anti-abortion leaders across the country to display them at middle schools, high schools, universities and churches with substantial black enrollment. Our African-American president has betrayed us. It is long past time for us to take matters into our own hands with an unavoidable witness against this great evil,” they said.

Read more here.

Science behind Fetal pain

Posted in Fetal Pain with tags , , , on July 8, 2013 by saynsumthn