Docs Show University of Pittsburgh Used Aborted Babies Born Alive For Research

Tierin-Rose Mandelburg | December 18, 2023
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Back in 2021, the University of Pittsburgh garnered national media headlines after reports were leaked that the school was using fetal tissue for research assignments.

Now, documents obtained through a FOIA request by the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and the conservative group Judicial Watch revealed that Pitt was at one point under federal investigation for harvesting baby parts.

There’ve been numerous public record requests by those two pro-life groups, and more and more information is corroborating the malicious ways that Planned Parenthood worked with the University of Pittsburgh to use the body parts of babies who were aborted late in gestation in what was called “The GenitoUrinary Development Molecular Anatomy Project,” (GUDMAP). While the GUDMAP Project was supposedly intended to research and develop therapies for diseases of organs like kidneys, the bladder, ureter and urethra, its methods were inhumane.

CMP called the research part of a “publicly funded trafficking of aborted babies,” as the government gave Pitt $600,000 for the program.


In 2016, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave Pitt a “multi-million dollar grant” to fund a “distribution hub for late term aborted kidneys and other body parts,” CMP indicated.

Babies were allegedly aborted but intentionally delivered alive so that their kidneys could be harvested. Researchers even allegedly sought to target black and minority mothers and babies for the experiment. 

The FOIA documents released this month showed an email correspondence with the NIH, Dr. Rob Rutenbar (the University of Pittsburgh’s vice chancellor for research), and the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG).

The email proved that the HHS OIG subpoenaed the documents of the program. This is huge considering the HHS OIG is a group that “conducts criminal, civil and administrative investigations of fraud and misconduct related to HHS programs, operations and beneficiaries.”

It’s likely the HHS OIG asked Pitt for information pertaining to their abortion practices, born alive infant documentation, patient consent information, and harvesting protocols, but the text of the subpoena has not been released.

According to documents, this taxpayer-funded program relied on body parts from babies ages six to 24 weeks gestation. Pitt “disbursed over 300 fresh samples collected from 77 cases" to aid the university’s research, NIH document revealed.

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The same document indicated that the hub would induce labor for women so their children would be delivered intact for easier harvesting. The application for the grant from Pitt also indicated that physicians would try to limit the ischemia (loss of blood supply to a body part) time to keep the organs fresh. The grant application referenced two studies for this section of its process, both of which included that a way to keep this loss of blood flow down would be to deliver the child still alive. 

So babies would be forced to come out of their mothers' safe wombs, then face a slow, painful death outside the womb for research purposes.

“This is partial birth abortion and infanticide,” CMP said, adding that “collecting aborted human fetal body parts for commercial purposes is a federal crime” before insisting that there are still many things that need to be investigated and researched about Planned Parenthood and the University of Pittsburgh’s baby trafficking scheme.

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