Study cut hearts out of living preborn children

A study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology consisted of cutting out the hearts of preborn children who were being aborted:

“The hearts were dissected from the fetuses and were mounted in a thermostatically controlled bath….The hearts survived for many hours without any significant change in their spontaneous contraction rate…Electrograms were displayed on a polygraph and served as a basis for determination of the spontaneous heart rate.”

Bela A Resch et al. “Comparison of Spontaneous Contraction Rates of In Situ and Isolated Fetal Hearts in Early Pregnancy” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 118 (January 1, 1974): 73-74

William Brennan The Abortion Holocaust: Today’s Final Solution (St. Louis, Missouri, 1983)

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Abortion clinic owner pleased by research on aborted babies

A writer who visited an abortion clinic spoke to Maitland Cook, director of the clinic. She summarizes their conversation:

“Mr. Cook was also very pleased to say that the Marsden Hospital in London- the well-known cancer hospital – used many of their aborted fetuses for cancer research. The fetuses were refrigerated and collected on a weekly basis by the Marsden van. He emphasized how pleased he was about this because it was nice to think of foetal material being put to constructive use. Women were not usually told that their fetuses were being used in this way, since talking to women about this kind of thing when they were coming for an abortion might be distressing.”

Mary Kenny Abortion: The Whole Story (London: Quartet Books, 1986) 162

16 week old "fetus" i.e. unborn baby
16 week old “fetus” i.e. unborn baby
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Doctor complains about not having access to fetal organs

From one doctor:

“It’s absolutely absurd that I have a legal right to abort that baby out of the mother within a week of delivery and throw it out, but because it’s delivered, I have no access to it [for its organs].

Dr. Leonard Bailey, who gained fame for transplanting a baboon’s heart into a newborn baby.

Quoted in David H. Andrusko. “A Time to Stop.” National Right to Life News, March 10, 1988, pages 2 and 10.

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Pro-Choicer : results of research on aborted babies has been “exaggarated

Pro-choice author on the use of fetal tissue in medicine:

“The actual scientific accomplishments [have been] somewhat exaggerated.”

Jeff Goldberg “Fetal Attraction” Discover, July 1995

There is evidence that this is still true.

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Scientist on using unborn babies in medical experiments

9-10 wksDr. Lawrence Lawn of Cambridge University’s department of experimental medicine., on using aborted babies for scientific experiments:

“We are simply using something which is destined for the incinerator to benefit mankind.”

Quoted in Dr. and Mrs. JC Willke Handbook on Abortion, rev. ed. (Cincinnatti, Ohio: Hayes Publishing Company, 1975) 131

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Doctor defends experiments on aborted babies

Dr. Lawrence Lawn of Cambridge University’s department of experimental medicine, on research using aborted babies:

“We are simply using something which is destined for the incinerator to benefit mankind.”

Quoted in Dr. and Mrs. JC Willke Handbook on Abortion, rev. ed. (Cincinnatti, Ohio: Hayes Publishing Company, 1975) 131

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Aborted babies’ chests cut open in grisly experiment

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published an article on an experiment done at Stanford University Hospital by Dr. Robert C Goodlin where the chests of aborted babies were cut open while they were alive to observe their beating hearts. The babies were kept in incubators.

“The thorax [chest] was opened and the heart was observed directly. When the heart was beating, the fetus was returned to the chamber and the experiment was resumed.”

The longest any of the babies survived was 11 hours.

Robert C. Goodlin “Cutaneous Respiration in a Fetal Incubator” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 86 (July 1, 1963): 574

Such experimentation on living aborted children was made illegal in the US, though it may still go on in other countries.

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Medical Journal urges experimentation on aborted babies with heartbeats

“the occasional delivery of a fetus with a heartbeat suggests that… fetal tissues might be suitable for organ transplants… and for basic research.”

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology on May 15, 1974

John Powell, SJ Abortion: The Silent Holocaust (Allen, Texas: Argus Communications, 1981)  149

Research on aborted babies has been going on for very long time

24 weeks. Abortions are legal at this stage in some states
24 weeks. Abortions are legal at this stage in some states
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Researcher experiments on baby- It’s a “piece of tissue”

Defender of research on living aborted babies Dr. Kurt Hirschhorn, then  an advisory board member of the March of Dimes and a researcher at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital and medical school:

“It is not possible to make this fetus into a child, therefore we can consider it as nothing more than a piece of tissue.”

Victor Cohn, “Live Fetus Research Debated,” The Washington Post, April 10, 1973

Quoted in Suzanne M Rini. Beyond Abortion: a Chronicle of Fetal Experimentation. (Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, 1988) 52

Experiments on living aborted babies were once legal in the US. They can still be done in some foreign countries.

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Researcher experiments on aborted babies in Finland

Experimentation on living aborted babies is now illegal in the United States. However, there is a history of these experiments being conducted in other countries. In the article cited below, the claim was made that Dr. Jerald Gaull, at the time Chief of Pediatrics at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Mental Retardation:

“was making “periodic trips to Finland to “experiment on aborted but still living fetuses.”

Quote from the doctor:

“Rather than it being immoral, what we are trying to do, it is immoral – it is a terrible perversion of ethics – to throw these fetuses in the incinerator as is usually done, rather than to get some useful information.”

“New York Pediatric Specialist Dissects Living Unborn for Study,” Child and Family volume 9, number 3, 1970 Quoted in Suzanne M Rini. Beyond Abortion: a Chronicle of Fetal Experimentation. (Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, 1988) 31 to 32

A living “fetus” outside a woman’s body is generally recognized as a premature baby

 

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