Matt Gaetz

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Matt Gaetz

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SIGN ON: Letter to HHS Secretary Azar Regarding Fetal Tissue Research

Current Cosigners: Reps. Luetkemeyer, Lesko, Hice, Rouzer, Roe, Duncan, Bilirakus, Weber, Babin, Mooney, Meadows, Conaway, Harris, Banks, Norman, Long, Diaz-Balart, Lamborn, Wagner, Biggs, Gohmert, Latta, Mast, Gibbs, Graves (GA), Kelly,
Gosar, Hartzler, King (IA), Massie, Olson, Wright, Jordan, Merchant, Fulcher, Thompson (PA) 

Dear Colleague,

Please join me and Rep. Luetkemeyer in sending a letter to HHS Secretary, Alex Azar, thanking him for changing the department’s policy regarding funding for research that uses human fetal tissue from elective abortions, for canceling a major contract with
the University of California San Francisco, and for ending intramural research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) using fetal tissue.

However, despite these welcome steps forward, 200 projects using fetal tissue remain ongoing. The NIH plans to spend $120 million on these projects in FY19. Several of these projects are particularly ghoulish and bizarre, including “transplanting intestines
removed from 18-24 week-old aborted fetuses onto the backs of 6 to 8-week-old mice,” “implanting thymus glands from aborted human babies into mice” and implanting “intact reproductive tracts from 9.5 to 22-week-old human fetuses, including from a pair of aborted
twins, into mice dosed with synthetic estrogen.”

This letter asks Secretary Azar for further information on these tests, as well as:

  • A list of currently-funded grants using human fetal tissue that includes the end date for each grant.
  •  A list of who has been chosen to serve on the NIH’s ethics advisory board.
  •  A list of violations of relevant laws, policies, and guidelines by taxpayer-funded researchers over the last 5 years.

The text of the letter is below.

If you would like to cosponsor, or have any questions, please contact Peter Holland ( in my office.
The letter will be closing on Friday, October 4 at Noon


Matt Gaetz

Member of Congress