Amendment added to PA budget bill would force Pitt and other universities to stop fetal tissue research

An amendment just added to the state budget bill would have the University of Pittsburgh promise to stop fetal tissue research.

Some politicians and doctors differ on the subject.

In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, State Rep. Jerry Knowles is calling on several universities to stop doing fetal cell research.

Pitt is one of those universities, along with Temple, Lincoln, and Penn State.

Pitt is set to receive $155 million next year in grants and is known for his research and work on fetal cells.

Rep Knowles told Channel 11: “I respect doctors. I do not claim to be a doctor or a scientist. I don’t think you need to be a doctor or a scientist to figure out what’s unethical, what’s wrong, and what’s barbaric.

This is something local infectious disease doctor Dr Amesh Adalja disagrees with.

“We have already seen the benefits of stem cell research and fetal cell-derived research. Even some of the covid vaccines have been developed. It is a technology that saves lives.

Pitt’s spokesperson Chuck Finder sent us a statement:

“The University of Pittsburgh is dedicating every General Support Appropriation dollar it receives from the state to help support a tuition reduction for Pennsylvania students and families. We are optimistic that the legislature will preserve this investment in our students.

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