Noticias de la Diócesis de Allentown

Diocese Commends Legislators Who Voted Against Appropriation to Pittsburgh Hospital Over Abortion-Related Study

In September 2020, the University of Pittsburgh celebrated the release of a report entitled "Development of humanized mouse and rat models with full-thickness human skin and autologous immune cells." You can read the full study here.

When you cut through the technical jargon what it really means is the University of Pittsburgh removed the scalps of aborted babies and surgically attached those scalps to mice and rats. The report included horrific pictures of the results. It is hard to think of a worse case of desecrating a human body.

What’s worse, all taxpayers helped pay for it. This was a study funded by the National Institute of Health with aborted babies used from the Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Tissue Bank.

What is the Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center? It has been the largest hospital abortion provider in Pennsylvania. Records from the Pennsylvania Department of Health show Magee-Womens Hospital performed 605 abortions in 2017 – 40 percent of all abortions by hospitals in Pennsylvania. More than half of those abortions (317) were in the second trimester (15-24 weeks of pregnancy).

In an effort to address this atrocity, many of the pro-life legislators in our state House of Representatives voted to reject the state’s non-preferred appropriation to the University of Pittsburgh for this year.

The Diocese of Allentown would like to thank the nine state House members from our Diocese who joined in this effort: Rep. Jim Cox: Rep. Gary Day; Rep. Mark M. Gillen; Rep. Doyle Heffley; Rep. Joseph Kerwin; Rep. Jerry Knowles; Rep. Milou Mackenzie; Rep. Ryan Mackenzie; and Rep. Timothy Twardzik.

The votes were not enough to reject the appropriation. But our work is not over. Through the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, we have called for public hearings on the subject to express our shock and sadness about these abhorrent studies and to publicly call for an immediate end to any such studies in the future.