Court rules against Pro-Life Action Ministries in aborted fetal tissue case

| August 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pro-life advocates’ case against the University of Minnesota Medical School regarding its illegal use of aborted fetal tissue for research was dismissed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals Aug. 20.

The Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based law firm, filed the petition in 2016, representing University of Minnesota graduate student Bridget Busacker and St. Paul-based nonprofit Pro-Life Action Ministries. They cited a Minnesota law that prohibits the use of fetal remains, whether from abortion or natural death, for medical research. They went to appellate court after the lawsuit had been dismissed in trial court.

The appellate court also dismissed it, using the basis of 2017 legislation on fetal tissue research. The court ruled that the new law allows for fetal research, which “prevails over the other” statute, according to the court’s decision. A court can use new legislation for an existing case.

“I think it’s a bad ruling by the court. They set a precedence … that leaves us in a position where there’s very little options [to contest it],” said Brian Gibson, executive director of PLAM.

“That doesn’t mean we’re finished trying to deal with the U of M doing this very gruesome stuff,” he added. “They are still doing experimentation on the human remains of children that have been killed by abortion and without consent from those aborting these children.”

PLAM is a nonprofit that works to defend life through outreach and public witness.

University of Minnesota chief public relations officer Chuck Tombarge said in a statement that the school appreciated the “court’s guidance at this important intersection of medical research and law.”

“The University of Minnesota is committed to conducting research critical to the health and wellbeing of Minnesotans in an ethical, respectful and lawful manner,” he said.

Pro-Life Action Ministries took interest in the issue in 2015 following the Center for Medical Progress’ discovery that the University of Minnesota had been obtaining fetal tissue from Advanced Bioscience Resources in Alameda, California. The Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life organization based in California, had been using undercover video to investigate Planned Parenthood’s participation in selling fetal remains at the time.

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