It was reported in Live Science, January 2015, that scientists are growing kidneys from aborted babies in rats. Researchers say they have developed a new technique that will get more kidneys to people who need transplants, but the method is unethical and barbaric. The research shows that it is feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus, and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size.
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Wesley Smith weighs in on the debate
Fetal farming is definitely on its way. Here’s another example: Extract the eggs from ovaries of aborted female fetuses for use in cloning or fertility treatments–now being actively investigated.
But why go through the bother and expense of transplanting fetal organs into animals? Why not just pay women who want to abort to gestate longer into term so the transplant can be made directly after tissue typing? That has already been proposed. From an essay by bioethicist Jacob M. Appel:
Since far more women have legal abortions each year in the United States than would be required to clear organ wait-lists, if only a small percentage of those women could be persuaded to carry their fetuses to the necessary point of development for transplantation, society might realize significant public health benefits.
The government could even step into the marketplace itself to purchase fetal organs for patients on Medicare and Medicaid, ensuring that low-income individuals had equal access to such organs while keeping the “asking price” elevated…
Someday, if we are fortunate, scientific research may make possible farms of artificial “wombs” breeding fetuses for their organs — or even the “miracle” of men raising fetuses in their abdomens. That day remains far off. However, the prospect of fetal-adult organ transplantation is a much more realistic near-term possibility. A market in such organs might benefit both society and the women who choose to take advantage of it.
And heck, once cloning can be done, why not clone, gestate in a woman or in an artificial womb, and then harvest? That is also on the futuristic table.
All things become possible when we cease believing that human life matters morally simply and merely because it is human.
Millions suffer from diseases and injuries that allegedly could be aided to various degrees by foetal tissue transplants. These maladies include Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, diabetes, and head injuries, stroke, and paralysis. These are the conditions upon which pro-harvesting researchers focus when they say that foetal transplants can provide aid.
Therefore, some 'ethicists' and hospital researchers have become almost hysterically joyful over the prospect of having access to an abundant source of useful 'foetal material' produced by millions of abortions. As Dr. Abraham Lieberman of the New York University Medical Center put it:
"This [foetal tissue techniques] is to medicine what superconductivity is to physics."
Richard John Neuhaus. "The Return of Eugenics." Commentary, April 1988.
All of the smoke and rhetoric thrown out by the pro-harvesting forces is an attempt to hide the central focus of the foetal tissue debate: That human babies must die in order to improve the quality of life for adults. However, some physicians do not allow their logic and their consciences to be willingly dulled by the siren song of convenience. As Dr. Ralph DeGeorgio says,
"We must recognise why the use of human foetal tissue is being advocated in the first place: Precisely because it IS human."
Ralph DeGeorgio, M.D. Tissue and Organ Donation By Aborted Preborn and Anencephalic Infants: Medical Aspects of Human Foetal Transplantation. University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1990
No class of true victims can be abused with impunity, killed, or disposed of unless its members have first been vilified or rendered something less than human in the eyes of the public. Bioethicist' Mary Anne Warren gives us an excellent example of this dehumanisation in a hypothetical situation posed in the Hastings Center Report, as shown below. In this article, Warren enthusiastically endorses transforming unborn children into organ farms, as she cites and heartily approves of the no-longer-hypothetical case of a 28-year old man with kidney failure whose wife conceives for the express purpose of transplanting both the baby's kidneys to the husband.
"Foetuses, especially those as old as five or six months, elicit our sympathy, and tempt us to endow them with moral rights, not only because they are potential people, but because they look disconcertingly like people; their physical features are recognisably human. But this sympathy is misplaced, unless there is a good deal more conscious activity in the foetal "mind" than we have any reason to suspect.
"While a foetus of five or six months may, perhaps, possess some flickering of sensation or some capacity to feel pain, this is equally true and probably even more true of creatures like fish or insects, which few would doubt the propriety of killing in order to save human lives. In such cases, a proper respect for the right to life requires that it not be respected where it does not exist."
Mary Anne Warren. Can the Foetus be an Organ Farm? Hastings Center Report 1/10/1978
As demonstrated in her 'solution' to the problem, Warren not only endorses the practice of using the organs from the babies who are aborted because they were products of unintended pregnancies - she is recommending that women become pregnant specifically and intentionally for the purpose of growing babies for the sole purpose of harvesting their organs!
"This type of cannibalisation already occurs on an almost routine basis in some Mideastern countries. For example, in one case, an impotent Lebanese man had a testicle transplant from a preborn baby aborted at 25 weeks."
Nick Thimmesch. Strange Tales of Foetal Life and Death. Human Life Issues, January 1983
The first foetal organ transplant took place in December of 1985 in Denver, USA. Researchers Everett Spees and Kevin Lafferty transplanted foetal pancreatic tissue into the body of a 51-year old diabetic. These cells soon began to produce the needed insulin for the patient. This type of transfer had been performed about 15 times by the end of 1987.
Aborted Baby's Brain Cells Implanted in Parkinson's Victim." The Wanderer, November 24, 1988
In late 1988, researchers went one step further. Brain cells from an aborted seven-week old baby were transferred to an adult patient for the first time. The cells were implanted in an unnamed 55-year old male Parkinson's Disease victim by a surgical team led by Dr. Curt Freed and Dr. Robert Breeze at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, USA
Dr. Neil Rosenberg said that the patient had asked for the implant and the 'mother' of the donor had given her permission for her unborn child to be cannibalised (she almost certainly had merely signed the standard abortion clinic "consent" form that agrees that the abortuary can dispose of "any tissue removed.")
The experimental procedure was financed by private donors and was approved by the University of Colorado Human Subjects Committee.
J.C. Willke, M.D. "Loma Linda's Lethal Transplants." National Right to Life News, March 10, 1988
Such transplants have also been performed in Sweden, Mexico, and Cuba. One study performed by eight Swedish researchers was revealing in that it indirectly described how desirable late-term babies are for harvesting purposes:
"Pancreatic glands of human foetuses obtained from 31 consecutive legal abortions were used...
The abortions were induced by prostaglandin and carried out over a period of three months. The crown-heel lengths of the foetuses ... ranged from 12 to 34 cm."
Sandler, Andersson, Swenne, Petersson, Hellerstrom, Bjorken, Christensen and Groth. "Structure and Function of Human Foetal Endocrine Pancreas Before and After Cryopreservation." Cryopreservation of Human Foetal Pancreas. Huddings, Sweden, 1982
Since the profit potential of foetal organ harvesting is almost unlimited, it is inevitable that physicians and others with no particular regard for human life, or medical ethics, will use the opportunity to further profit from abortions.
Labs of Rockville, Maryland, is one of at least eight traffickers in foetal organ tissue in the United States. It receives its tissue from more than 250 suppliers in twelve different countries, mostly in the Third World. These nations include Haiti, Brazil, and South Korea. It is estimated that at least 100,000 domestic and foreign preborn babies are 'used' in this country each year for research purposes.
Flow Labs has sold much of its foetal tissue to the United States Army's Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Maryland. These cells are used by Army researchers in attempts to isolate the causes of a dozen diseases, including hemorrhagic fever.
One South Korean abortionist, Professor Lee Myung Bok of Seoul University's Medical Department, paid doctors to cut the kidneys out of more than 12,000 unborn babies immediately after they were killed, then pack them in ice and ship them to the US. He grossed $180,000 for his efforts. The doctors and nurses who performed the abortions were paid with whisky, nylon stockings, and chewing gum. All of the mothers whose babies died signed permission slips. World Trends and Forecasts. Recycling Human Bodies to Save Lives. The Futurist, 4/1976
In 1976, The Washington Post revealed that the District of Columbia's General Hospital had been paid more than $68,000 for the organs of babies its abortionists had killed. The March 21, 1977 Village Voice reported that these abortionists had encouraged welfare mothers to wait and have late-term abortions because these preborn babies yielded more and better developed organs. World Trends and Forecasts. Recycling Human Bodies to Save Lives. The Futurist, April 1976
Dr. Kurt Hirschhorn of New York's Mt. Sinai Hospital says that "With prostaglandins, you can arrange the whole abortion so the foetus comes out viable in the sense that it can survive hours, or a day." National Observer, April 21, 1973