I 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.
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]