AL.com | Morgan Rice, Guest writer
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If you've yet to see it---which, frankly, wouldn't surprise me: while Twitter has been loud, Facebook was been relatively quiet on the PP front---there is an undercover video circulating of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the preservation of fetal organs for scientific research. The "sting," as so many have chosen to call it, was carried about by an anti-abortion group called Center for Medical Progress. The video is difficult to watch, the language impossible to swallow.
Impossible unless you already knew that fetal tissue has been used throughout recent medical history. Rubella, chicken pox, and rabies vaccinations were created utilizing fetal tissues. Certain types of stem cell research widely involves fetal tissues. In other words, life-saving medical advancements have been made with the tissues of aborted fetuses.
I know my audience, and I know what a solid one half of you is thinking---"'Life-saving'? How can you call something 'life-saving' if it effectively ends one life to save another?"
This is probably where you and I will differ in our opinion of what life is, and that's okay. I don't believe life is merely conception, or hospice. I think life is quality and awareness, viability and sentience. I have no qualms with someone putting something to use that would otherwise be thrown away. And yes, I understand that the justification of aborted fetus utilization is a little more complicated than putting a recycling can in your kitchen. Regardless of this topic's difficulties, it is absolutely something we need to discuss. Continue reading.