Judicial Watch announced that it received an additional 575 pages of records from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showing the agency spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to buy human fetal tissue from California-based Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR). The tissue was used in creating "humanized mice" to test "biologic drug products."
ABR, a nonprofit, human fetal tissue "procurement" firm, has been the subject of criminal referrals from both U.S. House and Senate committees investigating human fetal tissue trafficking and whether Planned Parenthood or any other entity was illegally profiting from transfers of organs harvested from aborted human fetuses. Federal law regulates the purchase and acceptance of human fetal tissue for research purposes. It is unlawful to "acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce."