ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A chancellor at the University of New Mexico was recently recorded acknowledging that a staff member acquired the brains of aborted babies to use for dissection at a high school summer camp.
New Mexico Alliance for Life recently uploaded a short video in which Dr. Paul Roth, the chancellor of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center and dean of the School of Medicine, is asked about the matter.
“Can I please ask you to say what you said before regarding the workshop with human fetal remains with high school students?” Marcie May with New Mexico Alliance for Life asks in the footage.
“Yes, we had a faculty member who obtained some tissue, and during one of these summer workshops dissected, I think, one or two fetal brains,” Roth replies, nodding.
However, when asked if the brains came from a certain abortionist, he says that he isn’t “sure exactly where it came from.”
As previously reported, the Congressional Select Panel on Infant Lives first discovered the information during its investigation into how abortion facilities nationwide harvest and transfer the remains of aborted babies.
“Laboratory notes produced to the panel reveal that a UNMHSC employee has collected aborted infant tissue collected from SWWO an average of 39 times a year,” a report supplied to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas in June outlines. “Organs harvested include brains/head, heart, lung, eyes/retina, kidney, spleen, adrenal gland, intestines, bone marrow, and stomach.”
“The notes contain information on aborted infants whose gestations ranged from approximately 11.5 to 30.5 weeks, with many in the 14 to 18 week range. At least 20 aborted infants were past 20 weeks gestation,” it continues. “The infants described included infants with ‘clubbed feet,’ aborted at 16 weeks gestation, a 22.5 week aborted infant with Down Syndrome, gestation, 20 week aborted twins with intact brains, a 25.3 week aborted female infant with an orofacial cleft, and a 30.5 week aborted ‘intact’ infant.”
The report additionally disclosed that a university “lab tech wrote in May 2012 that someone from UNMHSC ‘asked [the] clinic for digoxin treated tissue 24-28 weeks for methylation study and because [redacted] wants whole, fixed brains to dissect w/ summer camp students.’”
Panel Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) had written to Balderas to supply the information and to provide a criminal referral over the University of New Mexico’s work with a local abortion facility, including the transfer of the bodily organs of aborted babies for research, which is a violation of state law.
She noted in her cover letter that federal law requires that safeguards be in place to prevent “too close of a relationship” between abortion facilities and researchers.
However, during the course of the investigation, it was found that UNM and the abortion facility Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO) had worked together closely to intently further abortion in the state.
“Through its investigation, the panel has discovered that personnel within UNM’s hospital and medical school have aggressively engaged in expanding abortion in New Mexico through the offices, personnel and resources of UNM,” Blackburn’s letter stated.
The panel found that the university not only worked to help train new abortionists, but that it also provided resident physicians to perform abortions at Southwestern Women’s Options, as well as volunteer staffers. Southwestern Women’s Options, which performs abortions in all three trimesters, additionally provided the body parts of aborted babies to UNM throughout the year.
On Thursday, May spoke during the public comment period of a meeting of the UNM Board of Regents, where questions were asked about the university’s practices.
“UNM needs to come to accountability in the disposition of the babies that are aborted. They need to be subject to complete disclosure,” she said. “These aborted babies are human. Even if you choose to not call them ‘human’ for your convenience, they are still human, and their remains must be accounted for.”
“It doesn’t matter how noble the cause of research—whether it is for Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s or TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury—the taking of one life for another cannot and should not be justified in the name of the god of science,” May continued. “Yet, at UNM, and many other research universities, our tax dollars are. Even if no money was exchanged, the taking of an innocent life is wrong.”