Dan Bartkowiak of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen families by restoring to public life the traditional, foundational principles and values essential for the well-being of society, tells American Family News the University of Pittsburgh has been under fire for taking organs and tissue from aborted babies for research and then using the remains for projects like transplanting a baby's scalp onto a mouse.
The school, he says, seems to have finally begun to feel public pressure, as it has hired a firm to analyze its research with aborted babies.
"The concern certainly I have is they've hired an independent review to do this review of their processes," Bartkowiak comments. "What is actually going to be looked into? What is actually going to be uncovered? They're saying the report's going to be given to the board of the University of Pittsburgh, but what actually are we looking at?"
He also wonders whether the results will be kept hush-hush or revealed to the public, especially those who financially support the school.
"This is a publicly-funded university," the family advocate points out. "We should have many of these answers when it comes to the relationship they have with Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has staff that are employed by the University of Pittsburgh, so the head of Pittsburgh's abortion department at Planned Parenthood is the same that is teaching students and helping to generate these studies at the University of Pittsburgh."
The full realm of the research, including whether the women who had the abortions knew their babies would be cut apart and sold for research, Bartkowiak contends, needs to be publicly revealed.