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Fetal Brains Dissected During High School Workshop (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Dr. Paul Roth, chancellor of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center and dean of the School of Medicine, recently said that one or two fetal brains were dissected during a summer workshop for high school students at the college (video below).

A video released by the New Mexico Alliance for Life, an anti-abortion group, shows Roth being questioned by Marcie May, notes LifeNews.com, an anti-abortion website.

"Can I please ask you to say what you said before regarding the workshop with UNM fetal remains with high school students?" May asks Roth.

"Yes, we had a faculty member who in fact obtained some tissue, and during one of these summer workshops, dissected I think one or two fetal brains," Roth told May, who did tell him she was filming.

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The Albuquerque Journal reported in late July that documents -- subpoenaed by the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives -- showed that UNM Health Sciences faculty members did seek fetal tissue for dissection by "summer camp students."

UNM officials confirmed there was a "Neuroscience Summer Experience," which they described as an educational research program, that took place in 2012 and 2014 that did include the dissection of fetal brains.

According to college officials, the students who took part in the program were UNM undergraduate and graduate students, or UNM faculty members' own children. The actual dissections were done by faculty members, while the students watched, officials said.

In the video, Roth did allude to a faculty, and not students, performing the dissection.

However, LifeNews.com ran this headline: "WATCH: Official Admits High School Students Dissected the Brains of Aborted Babies."

The Albuquerque Journal printed some alleged May 2012 notations by an unidentified UNM lab assistant regarding the procurement of the fetal tissue for the program:

Asked clinic for digoxin treated tissue 24-28 wks. for methylation study & because (redacted) wants whole, fixed brains to dissect w/summer camp students.

Asked clinic for digoxin treated tissue 24-28 wks. for methylation study & because (redacted) wants whole, fixed brains to dissect w/summer camp students.

According to UNM spokesman Billy Sparks, the educational research program was "not sponsored" by UNM, the Office of Diversity’s Dream Makers, or the independent Mind Research Network, but rather by unidentified faculty members.

The fetal tissue samples came from the Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion clinic, and were stored in a tissue bank by the UNM Health Sciences Center. The procurement and use of the fetal tissue samples followed state and federal laws, according to UNM.

Sources: LifeNews.com, Albuquerque Journal / Photo credit: New Mexico Alliance For Life/YouTube

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