WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced that the National Institutes for Health (NIH) would not be renewing the University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) fetal tissue research contract:

“The government has no business subsidizing researchers that traffic the body parts of aborted babies, especially the babies from this contract which are shockingly around 17 and 24 weeks gestation. The United States is the most innovative nation in the world; alternatives to fetal tissue research exist and should be pursued. It is reprehensible for anyone to profit from the tragedy of abortion and the Trump Administration is making that clear by saying no to this ethically tainted research.”