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COMMENTARY: A Gruesome Harvest- Aborted Fetuses and Their Organs by Chuck Colson
For years, scientists and celebrities supporting embryo-destructive stem cell research have used two arguments. First-blind to the destruction of the embryo itself-they argue embryonic stem cell research will save lives. Second, they maintain that embryos leftover from fertility treatments will otherwise be wasted.
Now, one stem-cell expert is using these same arguments to promote harvesting organs from aborted fetuses.
Speaking at a conference in March, Oxford University stem-cell expert Sir Richard Gardner commented that he was surprised the possibility had not been considered, and that experiments in mice have shown that fetal kidneys grow extremely quickly when transplanted to adult animals
As reported in the UK's Daily Mail, Sir Richard, an advisor to Britain's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority sees this ghastly practice as a potential solution to the shortage of donated organs-and to what we are learning about the ineffectiveness of embryonic stem cells.
While advocates of using embryonic stem cells have long hailed them as the El Dorado of disease prevention, they're not. Sir Richard calls the creation of fully functioning organs from embryonic stem cells "remote."
Gardner isn't a lone voice in this ethical wasteland. King's College professor Stuart Campbell did not object. Speaking of the many babies aborted late in term, he said, "If they are going to be terminated, it is a shame to waste their organs." He added, "I am sure very few of those on the transplant list would rather die than accept an organ from an aborted fetus."
Here in the United States, bioethicist Jacob Appel, writing on the subject in the Huffington Post, states, "The first striking feature of fetal organs is that their supply...is unlimited...pregnant women who provide fetal kidneys could do so repeatedly."
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