Boston Children’s Hospital Has Been Using Brains of Aborted Children in Research for Years

Research Using Aborted Baby Organs & Tissues Will Phase Out — Not As Successful as Advanced Stem Cell Technology, and Not Needed to Produce New Cell Lines for Vaccines In 2008, scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital started using brains of aborted babies for research. The Boston Globe reports that Harvard neuroscientist, Emi Takahashi, examines fetal brain tissue in hopes to better understand neurological disorders such as epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia. Although Takahashi is aware of the current controversy regarding fetal “tissue” research and Planned Parenthood, she says the issue is not about morality or abortion; instead, it’s about science. She explained, “It’s purely a scientific issue, not a moral one.”  [ed. and her words make it so…] In July, Takahashi received a call from an officer at the National Institutes of Health inquiring about her study of fetal brain development because she received a grant to study 30 fetal brains. Takahashi explained, “She was wondering how I would get that many samples. Congress was asking her what was going on with my research, and she wanted to make sure I wasn’t obtaining them illegally.” The officer was concerned because eight undercover videos released by The Center for Medical Progress indicate that Planned Parenthood affiliates profit from aborted babies’ body parts, alter procedures to obtain salable organs and deliver babies “fully-intact” to procure “high-quality specimen.” All of these activities are illegal, and the videos raise serious questions about the organization’s intentions. Currently, Takahashi scans fetal brains, examines computerized 3-D images of them and uses a computer program to reconstruct fiber pathways in the brain. The researcher claims she obtains the...