By Brian Gibson, Executive Director
May 18, 2017– Our petition against the University of Minnesota (U of M) asking the court to force an end to the illegal practice of experimenting on the remains of aborted babies was recently dismissed.
This case was brought last October (see December 2016 issue of Pro-Life Action News) after the discovery of research using aborted babies at the U of M in the wake of the 2015 undercover videos exposing the gruesome practice of selling the remains of aborted babies at Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities. (One undercover video included a procurement company official admitting to purchasing remains in Minnesota, a violation of Minnesota’s fetal disposition law. See photo.) Subsequently, U of M officials changed the research policy to allow for aborted fetal research to continue but only while using the remains of aborted babies from outside Minnesota. Our petition contended that research under the new policy remained a violation of our 1987 fetal disposition law which requires disposal of aborted babies “by cremation, interment by burial, or in a manner directed by the commissioner of health.”
Attorneys for the U of M did not attempt to argue against our contention that under the new policy this experimentation remained illegal; instead they successfully argued that the new policy itself was not proof that the U of M was continuing the experimentation and therefore we did not have standing to be in court. In simpler terms, the judge accepted the claim that “just because we set up this policy does not mean we are using this policy.”
We have since discovered clear indicators that the new policy is indeed being used and that the U of M has continued to engage in this illegal experimentation. As of the time of writing this, our attorney is gathering evidence and preparing to seek a reinstatement of the case.