A while back Don Reed, writing for the Huffington Post, argued against a pro-life bill in the Wisconsin Assembly that would prohibit the sale or use of body parts of aborted unborn babies for research purposes. He argued specifically that Lou Gehrig’s disease will be more difficult to cure if the bill becomes law. He also contended that pro-lifers should find no fault in the use of fetal tissue in experimentation or research which depends on the destruction of human embryos.
He claims that if embryonic stem cell research were illegal, a host of diseases “would be ravaging the country right now.” He lists seven such diseases which just so happen to be taken directly from an opinion article written by the director of a Wisconsin stem cell study program.
Mr. Reed’s claim is entirely false.
Barbara Lyons, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life, put it well in an opinion piece in support of the Wisconsin bill:
“The lesson has been clear throughout the ages: Devalue the humanity of a member of the human family, and any abuse is possible. Today, the unborn child is the least-protected member of the human family. The war on unborn children has escalated dramatically since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision to the point where unborn children are now viewed by researchers as a mere product – not really human to justify what they are doing but valuable nonetheless simply because they are human. They can’t have it both ways.”
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