SEATTLE, WA – Evidence of aborted fetal body parts being used for harvesting and experiments was found in early March by pro-life organizations at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle.
A photo was captured of a walk-in freezer containing bags and boxes of labeled aborted baby body parts. This was following multiple pro-life groups speaking out during public comment at the UW Board of Regents against the “highly suspicious fetal organ harvesting practices” at UW discovered in 2016. The groups involved were Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, Pro-Life San Francisco, and Rehumanize International.
The PAAU issued a press release following the discovery outlining the horrific scene, including the way they were initially alerted to the atrocity. They said they found it “by examining invoices previously exposed via public records requests by Indiana Right to Life.” The freezer is located in the “UW BDR Laboratory, Department of Pediatrics, 1959 NE Pacific Street, Health Science Building Room RR 346.”
“The American people must be made aware of the mass dehumanization of these unborn children who are violently killed and thrown into a freezer, whose body parts are then portioned out to researchers in pursuit of federal funding,” said Terrisa Bukovinac, Founder and Executive Director of PAAU. “It is my hope that this photograph reminds us all that there are real victims being lethally oppressed by UW and traded like property. Fetal trafficking is abhorrent and it must end.”
Bukovinac said it was not difficult to locate the fetuses: “It didn’t take too long to locate the freezer. We saw it. At first, we were trying to look inside and shine a light because there was a small window to look through, but we soon realized that there was a light switch on the outside and when we flipped it on, we could see everything that you see in the photograph.”
She also said, “We’ve had our eye on Seattle for a while, knowing that it is an abortion stronghold. We know that [UW] have failed to give records as they relate to their fetal tissue research program. We know that the university is the largest fetal tissue bank in the country.”
UW has fought to conceal the details of its experiments and obtaining of aborted fetuses. Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics filed a lawsuit requesting “heavy redaction” of the documents requested by journalist David Daleiden concerning “taxpayer-funded Birth Defects Research Laboratory about trafficking in aborted fetal parts and organs” at UW in 2015.
Daleiden is the same journalist that went undercover to investigate Planned Parenthood in “Center for Medical Progress.” He investigated in his documentary the connection and sales between “abortion clinics and stem cell research labs.”
“The reality that fetal organ harvesting is happening here in Seattle is heinous,” PAAU organizer Kristin Monahan said. “These are our fellow community members whose body parts are being trafficked when they are much too young to understand what is happening. These practices have a depressing effect on the adult family members and our community as a whole. I want better for my friends and peers, and their children alike.”
A Congressional panel discovered in 2016 that several UW staff members were also employed by Seattle-based abortion clinics that are providing aborted cadavers and body parts to the school. The PAAU called this a “clear conflict of interest.” The panel mentioned concern for other schools aside from UW, including Universities in New Mexico, Minnesota, Colorado, California (San Francisco), Wisconsin, Miami, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and Michigan, among others.
In its press release, the PAAU said, “Procuring ‘pristine’ fetal organs for research requires withholding feticides to preserve the stem cells. This means these often late-term fetuses are torn apart and dismembered alive or, ideally for experimentation, they are delivered through an induction process which, at these late gestational ages, produces born alive infants over half of the time according to a study published in the National Library of Medicine.”
Kristin Turner, Executive Director of Pro-Life San Francisco, said, “Children born live during abortions, and subsequently being killed or left to die is not inconceivable. Kermit Gosnell, a former Philadelphia abortionist is now serving life in prison on 3 counts of 1st degree murder against infants born alive during abortions, among hundreds of other charges. People with widely varying beliefs about abortion asked themselves what could have been done to prevent this human rights violation — when the answer is right in front of us. We are witnessing the same injustice facilitated by universities like UW and UCSF, yet no one is taking action because they care more about their political fight to preserve the practice of abortion, than they do the lives of born alive infants.”
David Prentice is the VP of the Charlotte Lozier Institute and also an expert in stem cell research. He told the Washington Examiner, “[The University of Washington] serves as the Amazon of baby body parts. They send them out to universities and research labs who you know place an order for X number of baby brains or eyeballs or whatever of a certain…gestational age. The idea of putting them in paper bags is so they can do same-day and next-day shipping for their delivery options. But there is a complete disrespect for the dignity of any human life.”
Prentice also said there is “little to no biomedical research that can only be conducted with fetal tissue.” He continued, “That’s simply antiquated science that has never resulted in any sort of cures. Let’s be frank about this: It should turn people’s stomachs to hear about them storing whole babies or limbs or other organs in the freezer.”
First declining to comment, UW later responded to requests for the same. They said:
“The photograph is of a locked cold room at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The cold room contains specimens of fetuses with birth defects and other anomalies donated to UW School of Medicine scientists starting in the 1960s to help advance research into and education about devasting birth defects.
“Previously preserved in formaldehyde, several years ago the specimens were removed from the original, degrading containers. They were evaluated for continued scientific and educational importance, then placed in new containers that are stored inside bags in the cold room. During this process we determined that these specimens were no longer of scientific or educational importance and are to be respectfully cremated.
“We must take certain regulatory steps before cremation and have for some time been in the process of taking those steps so that the respectful cremation can occur.
“This process is common when an institution considers the continuing educational or scientific value of its historical collections.
“The UW is a leader in research into birth defects and other devastating conditions that can affect the health of fetuses, all with the goal of improving the health and well-being of babies and their mothers. We commend the families that even in their grief over losing a baby sought to further advance the health of others by donating to UW scientists studying birth defects.”