‘Pro-Life’ Republicans Call on Trump to Block Research for Coronavirus Vaccine, Over 42,000 Americans Dead
Several “pro-life” House and Senate Republicans are calling on President Donald Trump not to allow fetal tissue research to be used in research for a vaccine for the coronavirus, which has killed over 42,000 Americans.
An immunologist at the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana, Kim Hasenkrug, was stopped by Department of Health and Human Services officials in March from doing coronavirus research involving fetal tissue donated by women who had abortions, notes the Washington Post.
Several researchers told the Washington Post that months before the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. scientists found that specialized mice could be transplanted with human fetal tissue that develops into lungs. These mice could then be infected with the coronavirus, the first step to a cure and/or vaccine.
The American Medical Association notes how fetal tissue research led to “the development of polio vaccine” and has “been used to study the mechanism of viral infections and to diagnose viral infections.”
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) — who has no medical experience — tweeted a video saying he had joined other lawmakers who are telling Trump to “keep up his strong support for pro-life policies” by not allowing the fetal tissue research, which has been going on for decades:
Our scientists have proved that there are many better ways to get more accurate research and better results using research that doesn’t involve use of abortions and the taking of an innocent human life.
President @realDonaldTrump has been a bold advocate for life.— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) April 15, 2020
This week I joined 35 other senators urging him to stand strong against those who want to exploit the #coronavirus crisis.
Fetal tissue research is NOT the answer to curing #COVIDー19. pic.twitter.com/AuBm9q9W0A
Wicker and his fellow Senate Republicans sent Trump a fearmongering and ghoulish letter calling on Trump to reject “these appeals for taxpayer dollars to be used for the practice of using aborted babies in experiments.“
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and several other House Republicans also sent a letter urging Trump to block the same kind of vaccine research for the coronavirus.
Glad to lead this effort for life. During this crisis, the last thing anyone should do is try and advance the left’s radical abortion agenda. I am thankful for @realDonaldTrump leadership in this crucial time.https://t.co/wfNrxokFHe— Rep. Doug Lamborn (@RepDLamborn) April 17, 2020