While the Trump administration has stopped funding the Internal National Institutes of Health (NIH) experimentation that used aborted human fetal tissue, a taxpayer watchdog group has teamed up with a pro-life group and uncovered $115 million in taxpayer funds being used for another 200 projects by other groups using aborted fetuses for their testing.
For example, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), scientists recently used $2 million in government funds to transplant intestines removed from 18-24 week-old aborted fetuses onto the backs of 6 to 8-week-old mice.
These terrifying experiments were uncovered in a joint effort between the taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project and Pro-Life San Francisco.
"In other bizarre Frankenstein study funded by taxpayers, UCSF implanted intact reproductive tracts from 9.5 to 22-week-old human fetuses, including from a pair of aborted twins, into mice dosed with synthetic estrogen," the groups wrote in a joint op-ed for the Washington Examiner.
Responding to the findings, Senator Rand Paul's Chief Strategist Doug Stafford told the Gateway Pundit that taxpayers should not be funding these horrors.
"This is important work by White Coat Waste and Pro-Life San Francisco to shine a light on the expensive and gross experimentation being done with animals and fetuses. Taxpayers should not have to fund these types of tests that sound like something out of a Mary Shelley novel," Stafford said.
The aborted fetuses are taken from university-affiliated hospitals and harvested for research. While the experiments sound like something out of a horror movie, there is huge money in the bizarre and cruel tests.
"At the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), faculty received nearly $400,000 in taxpayer funds this year for experiments that involve implanting thymus glands from aborted human babies into mice. The mice with human fetal glands were also injected with human fetal liver cells from 17-20-week-old human fetuses. The mice were then killed and dissected. This project has received $2.7 million in taxpayer largesse since 2012 and is scheduled to run through late 2020," their exposé continued.
In another example of their testing uncovered by the two groups, the USC took kidney tissue from 8 to 18-week-old human fetuses and spent $2.3 million in federal grants comparing it to kidney tissue of fetuses cut from mice.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows spoke out about the cruel and wasteful studies last year, saying that "my constituents have a problem with is using their tax dollars to buy baby brains and baby eyes to do research when they find it abhorrent."
According to a PEW Research poll, 52% of Americans oppose animal testing, and a Fox News poll found that 49% oppose testing using aborted fetuses.
Molecular biologist Tara Sander Lee has argued that these tests are not only abhorrent - they are also unnecessary.
"Contrary to popular belief, fetal tissue from induced abortions is not necessary for research and the development of medical treatments. In fact, to date there have been no cures from abortion-derived human fetal tissue. The oft-cited vaccines for polio, measles, and mumps were never produced using human fetal tissue but rather used monkey cells, chicken eggs, and non-fetal human cells," Sander Lee said in an interview with the Charlotte Lozier Institute about the ethics of these tests.