Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been discovered to have granted the majority of the federal funds awarded to the University of Pittsburgh by the the National Institute of Health for research involving aborted fetuses.

David Daleiden, project lead and founder of The Center for Medical Progress, told Townhall that, in 2019 alone, Fauci’s office awarded the University of Pittsburgh $61 million of the $109 million that they received from the NIH for research that included attaching the scalps of aborted fetuses onto the backs of lab rats and mice, an experiment that would not be feasible without the violation of state laws.

Daleiden told Townhall:

In order to get the intact fetal scalps in the recent Pittsburgh study funded by Fauci’s NIAID, the Planned Parenthood abortion doctors supplying the Pitt tissue bank would have needed to use illegal partial-birth abortions to extract the fetal heads whole enough to yield usable scalps. Unless the consent forms told the pregnant patients their babies would be scalped to stitch onto lab rats, the consents are almost certainly invalid through fraudulent omissions.

Pregnant patients are required under law to give consent for research involving their aborted fetuses, according to the NIH. The methods and procedures of an abortion are prohibited from being altered in order to obtain research material such as intact baby scalps. A quid pro quo trade for an aborted fetus is also not permitted under applicable law.

Since 2016, the University of Pittsburgh was granted more than $1.4 million in NIH funding to support a distribution hub for aborted fetal body parts. The school’s grant application alleges that the quantity of fetuses they have access to through this hub can be “significantly ramped up.”

A grant funded by the NIAID in 2019 worth $430,000 was awarded to the university for fetal research that involved the use of mice and rats to grow the scalps of the aborted fetuses. Photographs show baby scalps with baby hairs on the backs of lab rats.

In April, the NIH reversed a policy implemented during the Trump administration in 2019 that restricted research conducted using fetal matter. The Trump-era restrictions barred government scientists from taking part in fetal research, and grant proposals sent to the NIH by academic institutions were required to undergo a review by an ethics advisory board to determine if the research should be funded.

Pro-life advocates are demanding Fauci be removed from his post as NIAID director for his role in funding illegal procedures, with Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins telling Townhall that Americans are “entitled to an NIAID director who is committed to medical ethics and the rule of law.”

Hawkins told Townhall:

The fact that his office approved so much taxpayer funding of this gruesome, inhuman research raises serious questions about the integrity of the NIAID as a whole. The reputation of the NIAID is in serious question, and that is directly tied to Fauci’s leadership — or lack thereof.

Daleiden pointed out that Fauci’s NIAID office is responsible for ensuring research experiments utilizing aborted fetal tissue are ethical and in accordance with all laws and regulations, which the NIAID did not confirm was done.

However, in a virtual hearing with the House Appropriations Committee, Fauci told Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) that the research involving fetal tissue was conducted under appropriate guidelines and oversight, which Daleiden said is grounds for perjury as he alleges that fetal research projects at Pitt. had no supervision.

Fauci’s comments echoed the University of Pittsburgh’s comments to The College Fix last month, in which Kevin Joseph Zwick, a university spokesperson, said that they follow “all laws and regulations governing fetal tissue research.”

Beatrice Chen, Vice Chair of the Pitt. Institutional Review Board, is responsible for supervising the research experiments at the university that use aborted fetal tissue. However, as she is also the Planned Parenthood medical director in charge of the abortions in Pittsburgh, Chen has a conflict of interest, which Daleiden highlighted.

Daleiden said of the vested interest:

There is no separation between the research demand and the abortion practice in any of the Pittsburgh fetal tissue projects as required by federal regulations.

Daleiden said that, due to Fauci’s funding and the disputed supervision of the fetal experiments, lawmakers should press the NIAID director about his involvement in aborted fetal research at Pitt. in order to understand the practices employed by the federal government’s top health expert.

The above comes from a June 20 story in Town Hall.