Donating fetal tissue for science is pro-life

tissue-gateI can understand being opposed to abortion under any circumstances, although I respectfully disagree.

But granted that abortion is legal, I don’t see any additional harm that is done by donating the fetal issue for use in scientific research.

Suppose somebody is the victim of a homicide.  Suppose the victim’s loved ones donate the victim’s organs for transplants or medical research.  Does that sanction homicide?

Suppose a convict on death row decided to become an organ donor.  Does honoring the convict’s wishes imply endorsement of the death penalty?

I’m an organ donor myself, and although the idea of my carcass being cut up by medical students has its gruesome side, I won’t be around to see it.

A friend of mine, also an organ donor, said she likes the idea of literally living on after death in someone’s heart.  In fact, most organ donations are used for research and medical education, but this, too, is a good contribution.

Likewise, I can see how a woman, having had an abortion, can take consolation in the thought that the tissue of the fetus can be used in scientific research.

If Planned Parenthood helps her do that, it is a good thing, not a bad thing.  Such research could save human lives.  It is pro-life.

LINKS

Wing-nut conspiracy theorists have done it again: The truth about the Planned Parenthood hoax revealed by Bob Cesca for Salon.

The Memification of Planned Parenthood by Robert Tracinski for The Federalist.

Fetal-Tissue Research and the Long Fight to Defund Planned Parenthood by Julie Ravner for The Atlantic.

Fetal tissue research has been with us a long time — and it’s saved lives by “Hunter” for Daily Kos.  [Added later]

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2 Responses to “Donating fetal tissue for science is pro-life”

  1. Holden Says:

    But is it okay when a market develops around the donation of fetal tissue and drives healthcare professionals to change their decisions, procedures and judgement due to economic forces?

    At this point, it isn’t a donation for anyone anymore except the parents and baby that lost its life, and was possibly swayed to make certain decisions that a doctor might not have pushed them to make if there wasn’t a profit center surrounding the entire procedure.

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    • philebersole Says:

      It definitely wouldn’t be okay, but there is no reason to believe that this is what is actually happening. Click on the links, especially the first two, to see what I mean.

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