‘Science’ and Planned Parenthood vs DNA and Morality

The “scientific community” has come out in favor of funding planned parenthood in spite of the illegal, unethical behaviors that have recently been caught on tape.

Their reasoning is as follows according to a CBS news report:

University laboratories that buy such cells strongly defend their research, saying tissue that would otherwise be thrown out has played a vital role in lifesaving medical advances and holds great potential for further breakthroughs.

Fetal cells are considered ideal because they divide rapidly, adapt to new environments easily and are less susceptible to rejection than adult cells when transplanted.

For me, these remarks,  rather than answering questions, raise questions. First, how can selling tissue or organs be justified when Planned Parenthood is supposed to be in the business of aiding families in family planning rather than aiding science in research? How are they expected to be honest and straight-forward while counseling women concerning adoption or keeping and raising a child if they gain monetarily from each abortion they perform? Are scientists overlooking the fact that at least 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage and this fetal tissue can ethically be used for research with the parent’s permission.

The second question is this: What does fetal tissue research have to do with the illegal selling of the organs of late-term aborted babies?

“Science”, it seems, is blowing a smoke screen here that clouds the real issue. They say the tissue will be discarded anyway, so why not use it for research.  This is not the issue! This is not the same as what we see Planned Parenthood doing on the videos, however, that presents a question that should be answered. Is it ethical to use tissue obtained through planned, performed abortions of viable, unborn children for medical research?

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Related image       Before answering this question, we should remember that:

Planned Parenthood was established in 1916 when Margaret Sanger opened the first “birth control’ clinic in New York. Here are three quotes found on-line attributed to Margaret Sanger’s publications:

“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

 “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon

The purpose in promoting birth control was “to create a race of thoroughbreds,” she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

Planned Parenthood is touted by progressives as a women’s health clinic where poor women can get mammograms, pap smears, birth control devices, counseling and other health services free of charge. Planned Parenthood, according to the Washington Examiner, reported that they performed 333,964 abortions in the year 2011 and received $542 million in taxpayer funding.  Within three years three million abortions were performed and since 1916 Planned Parenthood alone has been responsible for 6.6 million aborted babies.

Now back to the question of ethics. Much has been written since the funding for research using fetal tissue began during the Clinton Administration. Most people who care about this have already formed their opinion, so I am not going to go into a lengthy discussion of the pros and cons of the matter here.  I think the heart of the matter is where we must go and that is the violation of human rights. We now know that each person created at conception contains their own DNA. Sadly, 55,772,055 people have died since Roe vs Wade went into effect. These died before they had an opportunity to live outside the womb. Some would have become doctors, some scientists, some evangelists, some teachers, some farmers, and on and on. It is safe to say that the mothers suffered and grieved at their loss. Are we, as a civil society, or a people, able to justify putting to death those who are the most innocent and those who have no voice? Many Americans have been able to rationalize a justification for this. Will these people now rationalize and justify the selling of organs and tissue of these unborn to make a better society for those who are fortunate enough to survive prenatal existence? Will we allow an organization that is supposed to offer better options to the mother the right to sell their organs and even use our own money to fund this?

What will you decide? If you decide that the unborn should have the right to life, will you speak for them since they are unable to speak for themselves?

Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked. Exodus 23:7

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5:20


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I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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