Students Dissect Aborted Baby Brains at Summer Camp

UNM School of Medicine

UNM School of Medicine

According to a new video, the dean of the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico (UNM) has confirmed allegations made by the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives that university staff used the brains of aborted babies for dissection by high school students at a summer camp.

Operation Rescue is reporting on the video, which was taped by Marcie May who caught up with Dr. Paul Roth after a university meeting where the disposition of human fetal remains was discussed.

“Can I ask you to repeat what you said before about the workshop with UNM fetal remains with high school students?” May asked Dr. Roth as they were walking through a hallway after the meeting.

“Yes, we had a faculty member who obtained some tissue, and during one of these summer workshops, uh, dissected I think one or two fetal brains,” Dr. Roth replied.

When asked where the school procured the organs, Roth refused to answer.

The video was then posted on YouTube by the New Mexico Alliance for Life.


The statement is a confirmation of allegations set forth in a 291-page letter from the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas which referred both the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options – the sole source of fetal body parts to the university – for criminal charges related to violations of state laws regarding organ procurement.

In that letter, Select Panel Chair Rep. Marsha Blackburn referenced a request recorded in a notebook that cataloged numerous fetal organs that had been procured or were requested by UNM. In particular, it referred a May 2012 entry in which someone at the university’s Health Sciences Center had “asked clinic for digoxin treated tissue 24-28 weeks for methylation study + because [redacted] wants whole, fixed brains to dissect w/ summer camp students. Clinic est. 27 and 28 weeks.”

This potentially criminal activity was further corroborated by abortion consent forms obtained from Southwestern Women’s Options for the years 2012 and 2015 by the pro-life group, Protest ABQ, which state that “pregnancy tissue may be used in medical research.”

This evidence amounts to a clear violation of New Mexico’s Jonathan Spradling Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act which prohibits the use of aborted baby parts in medical research.

Protest ABQ filed a formal complaint with the state’s Attorney General in July 2015 seeking an investigation into the matter. As of this date, it has not been acted upon.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman believes Roth’s video confession not only verifies the Select Panel’s allegations concerning the fetal brain dissections by high school students, but lends added veracity to the rest of the Select Panel’s carefully documented information, which merits criminal charges or further criminal investigation.

“The video interview with Paul Roth corroborates the allegation made by the Select Panel. There should be immediate criminal charges filed against UNM and Roth, who apparently took no issue with high school kids dissecting aborted baby brains, and whoever requested the brains in the first place,” said Newman. “Everyone at UNM and at Southwestern Women’s Options that were involved with the illegal aborted baby body parts scheme must also be charged. Anything less is gross injustice.”

Operation Rescue is urging concerned citizens to contact Attorney General Hector Balderas to demand that criminal charges be brought against anyone from the university and Southwestern Women’s Options who broke the law.

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