Fetal tissue research is not a new thing in the 21st century. Fetal organs have been used for experiments even before abortion became legal. In 1973 the State of Connecticut submitted a written interview to the Supreme Court as evidence in an abortion-related case. Dr. Baker (a pseudonym) was asked about medical events at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
Q: Was there a case where some type of surgical procedure was performed on a baby after induced abortion?
A: I did not actually observe the operation itself.
Q: Can you tell us anything about it, to the extent that you know?
A: A baby was aborted by hysterotomy. Then it was taken to another room with a medical student.
Q: Did you first observe the baby being taken out of the mother?
Q: What, if anything, happened then that you observed?
A: It was taken out of the room. Then this medical student followed it.
Q: Do you know why it was taken out of the room?
A: Well, they wanted to get something out of it.
Q: How did you know they were trying to get something out of it?
A: That’s what they said. I just overheard it. They were going to get some kind of abdominal organ, I think it was the liver. I was not very sure.
Q: You overheard from whom, a nurse?
A: From a doctor.
Q: Was this the doctor that was presumably going to take this liver or whatever it was?
A: Yes, and the obstetrician that was performing the operation.
Q: When it was taken out of the room, did it have any movements?
A: It had some movements.
Q: Doctor, prior to the infant leaving the room, did it do anything noteworthy? Any noteworthy bodily functions?
A: Some form of movements of the arm.
Q: Was there any excretions at all?
A: Excretions, urine, yes.
Q: Tell us about that. Can you give us the details?
A: Well I would say when they picked this fetus up by the feet I could see that he urinated, he was a male infant.
Q: It was urinating?
Q: You’re sure of that?
Q: What, if anything, did they do with the baby afterwards that you observed? They took it out of the room?
A: They just took it out of the room immediately.
Q: Then what, if anything, happened that you observed?
A: Nothing else. It was taken out of the room and I didn’t see it.
Q: Did a medical student accompany it out of the room?
A: The medical student went out.
Q: Then what, if anything, occurred?….
A: The lady doctor proceeded to open the abdomen of the fetus.
Q: You did not see this yourself?
Q: This is based on what type of information, if any?
A: On what the medical student told me.
Q: Can you describe how the medical student appeared when he returned?
A: He was sort of pale, he said he felt sort of sick in his stomach. That’s why he left the room and went back to the operating room where I was.
Q: Do you recall what, if anything, the medical student said?
A: He just said that he couldn’t stand it.
Q: Did he show any fear at the sight of blood prior to this incident?