A former judge on the Pennyslvanie Superior Court requests an investigation into the practiceses in matters of fetal tissue from her alma mater, saying she felt "horrified " by the recent reports.
"I agree with so many Pennsylvanians in a collective response of horror to these recent reports, says Cheryl Lynn Allen, who is currently working at the Pennsylvania Family Institute.
"As a law school alumnus from the University of Pittsburgh, I am extremely disturbed and call for an urgent investigation into what appears to be illegal, inhumane and taxpayer funded practices at this public university. "
Besides Allen, State Representative Kathy Rapp and Republican US Senate candidate Sean Parnell are also calling for an investigation.
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Allen's comments came after several outlets reported on documents showing Pitt's intentions for a project. federally funded research. Pitt told the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that he was looking at " develop a pipeline for the acquisition, quality control and distribution of genitourinary samples human urinary tract [urinary and genital organs and functions] obtained throughout development (6-42 weeks gestation). "According to NIH , 40 weeks is considered a full term, while after 42 weeks it is are consideredderived as "post-term " or "late.
Fetal tissue research has been a controversial topic for Pitt as he recently drew attention to a experience which involved grafting fetal scalps onto rodents.
On Wednesday, Fox News reported the opinion of several doctors that Pitt could harvest organs from living fetuses, which the school vehemently denied.
"These claims are irresponsible and false. The University of Pittsburgh does not perform abortions. The University has a long history of providing life-saving research, using techniques common in universities and medical institutions around the world "said David Seldin, deputy vice chancellor for news.
" Fetal tissue research is strictly regulated, ethically and legallyt, state level and federal level, as it should be, "he said." The University of Pittsburgh complies with all laws and requires its partners to 'they do the same. "
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Seldin added: "As we have noted on several occasions, the University of Pittsburgh does not perform medical procedures and is not part of the tissue collection process. "
Nonetheless, many have raised questions about the university 's links with its medical center, which it says is a separate entity but also contains laboratories for the university tissue bank.
It is not known how the authorities will proceed. Rapp asks the verifier gGeneral of the State to investigate the activities of the university, as it receives funds from the State.
"Although I recognize the limitation of the functions of the Auditor General To investigate potential criminal violations, I respectfully request that your office conduct a full investigation of all state and federal funds that have been obtained by the University, "Rapp said in a letter to Auditor General Timothy DeFoor.
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"These funds should be reviewed to determine if they have been used to support the education of Pennsylvania residents as required by funding legislation passed each legislature that provides them with their preferred allocation.
The general prosecutorPennsylvania chief Josh Shapiro notably tweeted "abortion is health care " as news reports surfaced last week. His office and that of Governor Tom Wolf did not immediately respond to Fox News requests for comment. The district attorney's office referred Fox News to Shapiro's office and U.S. Attorney Stephen Kaufman's office, who declined to comment.
Mike Manko, spokesperson for the prosecutor's office, said he was not aware of any communication with the either from the Pittsburgh Police or the City of Pittsburgh Police by individuals claiming crimes have been committed. "