University of New Mexico Under Fire for Using Fetal Body Parts in Research

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Friday, August 26, 2016

University of New Mexico Under Fire for Using Fetal Body Parts in Research

The University of New Mexico could face a criminal investigation after it was discovered that students dissected aborted fetal brains and body parts at a summer camp.

According to, the college is suspected of illegally transferring fetal tissue it received from Southwestern Women’s Options and using the tissue for research and dissections at summer camps in 2012 and 2014.

“Documentation obtained by the panel in the course of its investigation reflects that the transfer of fetal tissue from SWWO to UNM for research purposes is a direct violation of New Mexico’s Jonathan Spradling Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act,” wrote Panel Chair Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. in a letter to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas.

UNM officials have said the tissues were used for research purposes.

“This was the tipping point of the depravity and lack of respect for human life,” said Elisa Martinez, founder and executive director of the New Mexico Alliance for Life.

Blackburn’s letter also says that UNM’s Hospital performs surgical abortions “for any reason” through 25 weeks gestation.

“Since the time when opposition to participating in abortion procedures was the predominant view of UNM medical staff, the culture appears to have changed—along with the composition of UNM hospital and clinic personnel—to one aggressively in favor of the expansion of abortion,” her letter says.


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Publication date: August 26, 2016