A top scientist in the Biden administration defended using taxpayer dollars for experiments with aborted babies’ scalps, livers and other organs in a new leaked audio, claiming the research is “moral and beneficial.”

The Daily Wire first reported about the leaked audio of Francis Collins, a former National Institutes of Health (NIH) director and current science adviser to President Joe Biden.

During a private Institute of Politics event Oct. 26 at the University of Chicago, a student in the audience asked Collins about the NIH using taxpayers’ money to fund experiments like one at the University of Pittsburgh that involved grafting the scalps of aborted babies onto the backs of rodents, the report states.

Collins, who professes to be a devout Christian, said he feels “troubled” by abortion, but he believes it is ethical to use “fetal tissue” for scientific research.

“After all, pregnancy termination is, at the present time, legal in the United States. Whether you’re in support of it or not, it’s happened …” Collins said, according to the report. “The material from those elective abortions is discarded. There are aspects of fetal tissue that can be extremely valuable in understanding how life works, how development happens, and how to treat certain diseases like Parkinson’s disease, for instance.”

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