Sep. 09, 2021

PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh has retained a firm to conduct an independent review of the school’s fetal tissue research practices to ensure total compliance with state and federal guidelines, Rep. Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny/Washington) announced today.

Mihalek, a legislator from Pittsburgh’s South Hills and a Pitt alum, voiced support for the university’s decision to conduct the review.

“When controversy first arose over this program, I concurred with the university’s leadership that the best path forward was an open and transparent review by an independent third party,” Mihalek said.

Members of the state Legislature and pro-life groups have called the university’s fetal tissue research practices into question, and Pitt consistently refuted any wrongdoing. Demonstrating a dedication to transparency and full research compliance, the University enlisted an outside law firm to conduct the review.

“The review will begin immediately, and a full report will be made available upon completion,” Mihalek continued. “As a member of the General Assembly, with responsibilities to the taxpayers, and also a Commonwealth trustee of the university, it is vital that these questions are answered surrounding this.” 

The legislator said the university has retained the firm of Hyman Phelps & McNamara to conduct the review, which will then be referred to the Board of Trustees.

Mihalek said the school has begun to notify elected officials about the decision.

Representative Natalie Mihalek
40th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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