A preliminary report by the National Institutes of Health has confirmed what many conservatives have long suspected — that high-risk experiments are performed on embryos because the payoffs are great. Those studies will now be disbanded.
Now, the NIH’s director must resign, according to Sen. Rand Paul, the 2016 presidential candidate who has long spoken out against fetal tissue research. Dr. Francis Collins announced the study that concluded taxpayer-funded research centers conducted the experiments because of fears they’d have to quit if the research wasn’t approved.
“If you believe in life, I believe in life, you should be pleased with this study,” Dr. Collins said Tuesday on PBS NewsHour, referring to the preliminary report.
“If you are a medical researcher and you’re not playing by the rules, and you’re manipulating human embryos, you shouldn’t be walking through the door of the NIH,” Paul said in a statement.
In 2015, Paul introduced the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act that would ban human-embryo research, among other policies. “[T]hese health services programs receive large amounts of taxpayer dollars, and unless we can establish clear legal standards for the use of human fetal tissue, many of our taxpayers will be footing the bill for nothing more than incompetent research,” his proposed legislation read.
Now it appears Senator Rand Paul is getting his wish.
Dr. Collins, who took over for former NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni in 2009, insists that the decision to resume human embryonic stem cell research, which had been prohibited after a 2009 report on the techniques, was made independently of Planned Parenthood, which provides the donated fetal tissue for research. Collins stated he has complete confidence in Planned Parenthood.
Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who joined Paul in supporting the bill to ban the research, said, “I would hope that all of our colleagues would work in the best interests of this country, to pursue the right thing to do for the long-term of human life.”
Senator Collins received a glowing review from the taxpayer-funded National Institutes of Health. In a letter last month, Dr. Collins hailed her “extraordinary leadership,” which “has established the Federal Government’s institutional credibility in the debate regarding the research of human embryonic stem cells.”
But her time in office may be at an end, according to Senator Paul. “I hope Congress will now act to hold Dr. Collins’ feet to the fire and remove his position as director of the NIH,” Paul said.
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