Televangelist Pat Robertson is back with another wacky theory, telling his viewers that taxpayer-funded scientists are attempting to create some type of mouse-human hybrid using aborted fetal tissue.
The segment of Robertson’s The 700 Club brought up a study involving mice and fetal reproductive tract tissue, Newsweek reported, but it failed to mention the purpose of the research.
Newsweek said researchers seem “to be studying the effects of synthetic hormones on female reproductive tracts, rather than creating human-mice hybrids.”
The segment also involved interviews with anti-abortion activists, “including one who mentioned a cancelled study that involved "humanizing mice” — a concept that is real but not what Robertson led his viewers to believe.
"Ladies and gentlemen, can you imagine—our government funding a human mouse experiment, baby parts aborted," said Robertson. "$120 million they spent with your money, I mean this is monstrous, this is something out of a nightmare. Even Adolf Hitler didn't do anything as bad as this. This is horrible."
He went on: "It's just an absolute nightmare, ladies and gentlemen. Write your congressman and say look—I just don't think as a United States government, we should be spending taxpayer money. It isn't just that they're encouraging late term abortions and paying doctors for baby parts, but that they're marrying... trying to make a mouse human? A human mouse? I mean this is horrible, I don't know what to say."
As for “humanized mice,” Newsweek noted that “scientists say they involve grafting individual human genes or tissues onto mice, largely in order to develop drugs and treatments that might be useful for humans. The experiments do not aim to ‘make a mouse human,’ and instead create mice with limited human traits to be used for research.”