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PITTSBURGH (LifeSiteNews) – The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Magee-Womens Hospital Board of Directors held its first public meeting in four years last week during which pro-lifers took the opportunity to confront the institution over long-running scandals concerning grisly experiments with aborted babies.

In 2020, University of Pittsburgh researchers published a paper revealing that they grafted the scalps of aborted babies into mice for the purpose of exploring human skin’s potency as a “significant barrier for protection against pathogen transmission,” and to “investigate human-specific pathogens that target the skin.”

The experiment received funding from the National Institute of Health and “support” from the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, federal agencies formerly led by controversial doctors and ex-presidential advisers Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci, respectively.

Last year, the pro-life Center for Medical Progress (CMP) reported that a car for the company Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), a supplier for the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Sciences Tissue Bank, was caught on video parked in a Planned Parenthood driveway, with a man carrying what appeared to be specimen bags from the building and placing them in a cooler inside the vehicle. The report called into question the university’s claims that it does not obtain fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood.

The Federalist reported that the hospital board, which was cited earlier this year for not allowing annual public attendance in violation of state law, finally held a meeting open to the public this month, during which board members were excoriated by pro-life attendees.

Among them was retired Superior Court Judge Cheryl Allen, who conveyed how “extremely disturbed” she was by the research of her alma mater and specifically criticized the hospital’s fetal tissue donation consent form, the language of which “entices women who are at their most vulnerable” in her view.

“We were able to address the Board of Magee-Womens Hospital,” said the Magee Project, a public awareness campaign of Pennsylvania’s People Concerned for the Unborn Child. “Seventeen representatives of The Magee Project were warmly welcomed by Board Chair William Pietragallo ll, Esq, to an almost full house of Board members. We were able to express our care for the members of the Board, explaining that we have been praying for them for 3 1/2 years. We secured a commitment to continue the conversation begun that night to discuss ending the practice of abortion at Magee. Praise God!!!”

“SFLA has been consistently involved in this fight against UPitt since the beginning through organizing rallies, sending letters to the board, and urging Congress to look into the matter — and we’re not finished yet,” Students for Life of America added. “Until these inhumane and gruesome experiments come to a stop, we will continue calling for justice for the preborn. These poor children were already given an undeserving death sentence — their remains ought to at least be treated with dignity.”

In 2021, it was further revealed that a grant application to NIH included admissions that aborted babies would likely be delivered alive before cutting their kidneys out, and that the institution intended to procure specific percentages of aborted babies from mothers of specific races.