[We were glad to receive the letter posted below from Randy Engle, Director of the U.S. Coalition for Life and Director of the International Foundation for Genetic Research/The Michael Fund. We appreciate the clarification on the anti-life roots of the Salk Institute and encourage readers to visit Mr. Engle’s web site at http://www.michaelfund.org/ for more information. —OR Staff]
Letter to Operation Rescue
Re: Press Release of December 13, 2005
“Salk Institute Grows Human Brain Cells in Mice”
December 15, 2005 A.D.
From Randy Engel, Director, U.S. Coalition for Life and Director of the International Foundation for Genetic Research/The Michael Fund — the pro-life alternative to the March of Dimes.
Dear Operation Rescue:
I was saddened to see your press release exposing the anti-life activities of the Salk Institute marred by the
statement that “The Salk Institute is revered the world over for the discovery of its founder, Jonas Salk, of the cure for Polio.”
The Salk Institute was spawned by the March of Dimes — the nation’s premier promoter of eugenic abortion and fatal human experimentation on preborn children and their younger brothers and sisters at the early embryonic stage. The Institute has a long anti-life history as does its principal funder, the National Foundation/March of Dimes. For example:
For example, in 1968, the MOD funded the work of Dr. Roger Guillemin in the field of “reproductive biology” at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, which was built and largely supported with National Foundation funds. According to Guillemin, his passion for preventing “the birth of a child who is born where and when he is not wanted, where and when he cannot be properly fed and raised and educated,” had led him to the Salk Institute to develop new methods of fertility control (almost certainly abortifacients).
That same year, 1968, the MOD funded the in vitro fertilization (IVF) research experiments of Dr. Georgiana Jagiello of Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London, England. Dr. Jagiello’s “research” included the development of super ovulatory drugs to extract large numbers of eggs from female donors, and the creation of human embryos as research objects to assess chromosomal damage resulting from particular drugs and chemicals.
In the last 1990s, the MOD, parent of the Salk Institute, awarded a $65,225 grant to well-known MOD researcher Dr. Kurt Hirschhorn, Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York: “To refine a method of ascertaining the chromosomal content of single cells. Goal: Preimplantation analysis of embryos in IVF settings and prenatal diagnosis using fetal cells from maternal blood.”
Similarly, Dr. Evan Y. Snyder of Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, received a grant of $750,000 from the March of Dimes, that’s three quarters of a million dollars folks, for human embryonic stem cell research to restore brain function.
Remember the MOD role in the severed-head-aborted babies experiments of Dr. Peter A.J. Adam and the equally fatal human fetal experimentation of aborted babies conducted by Dr. Robert Schwartz in the early 1970s?
All this is a matter of public record and well-documented by this writer over the past 30 years.
As for Dr. Jonas Salk, he was hardly the “hero” the MOD has, for public relations reasons, hailed as the savior of a nation with his ill-fated polio vaccine. But that lengthy debacle is well covered in my book — The McHugh Chronicles — Who Betrayed the Pro-Life Movement?
Suffice to say that both Salk and his competitor Dr. Albert Sabin, whose polio research was also funded by the MOD, were signatories to the viciously anti-Catholic Hugh Moore population control ads which ran in the New York Times in the 1970s.
It is time to rip the anti-life mask off the March of Dimes and its anti-life spawn, the Salk Institute.