Washington, D.C., June 17, 2021
The U.S. Senate voted 68-32 on June 8 to pass the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, giving billions of dollars to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
While the bill did receive bi-partisan support, it was hotly debated, and many Republican Senators also objected to the NIH’s ethical standards, or lack thereof, reports LifeSiteNews.
In April, the NIH announced that it was doing away with President Trump’s ban on acquiring human fetal tissue from elective abortions for research, and last month, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) put out new guidelines explicitly allowing and providing guidance for chimera research. The NIH is fully expected to adopt the new guidelines.
“We shouldn’t need to clarify in law that creating animal-human hybrids or ‘chimeras’ is ethically unthinkable, but sadly the need for that very clear distinction has arrived,” said Senator James Lankford (R-OK), who gave a 20-minute biology lesson demonstrating the personhood of unborn babies to pro-abortion Democrats in honor of the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January.
Together with Senators Mike Braun (R-IN) and Steve Daines (R-MT), Lankford proposed an amendment to the bill that would criminalize the creation of human-animal hybrid organisms.
“It’s critical that we draw a bright line against unethical forms of research that fail to recognize the distinct value of humans over animals,” Daines said.
While the NIH is not yet directly funding chimera research, private research is well underway at American universities. In May 2020, the State University of New York at Buffalo created a 96%-human-4% mouse embryo, and in April this year, the Salk Institute in California created human-monkey embryos.
“Currently the National Institutes of Health does not do this research and we need to keep it that way,” Sen. Lankford said, “Researchers who are attempting these horrific once-science-fiction experiments should focus on valuing the dignity of human life, not trying to genetically merge and manipulate humans and animals.”
However, the senators’ amendment was voted down 49-48. Without it, the so-called “Endless Frontier Act,” now on its way to the House of Representatives, will grant billions of dollars to the NIH while allowing for the evil practice of experimenting on aborted babies at tax-payer expense.