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Culture Beat / Jul. 22, 2016

The Science of Life

Another report of no success researching with fetal tissue.

In August 2007, we wrote this: “While techniques using adult stem cells — collected from adults as the name implies — continue to offer dozens of tangible results, the only thing proponents of embryonic stem cells have to offer is ‘greater potential,’ further underscoring how facts are dismissed in service of the Left’s agenda.”

Three years later, we echoed that same news: Leftists “have to use words like ‘promising’ and ‘potential’ because that’s all embryonic stem cell research has been. To date, embryonic stem cells — unlike adult stem cells — have not saved any actual lives.”

The point was that embryonic stem cells had yet to produce all the marvelous cures for diseases as leftists had promised. It doesn’t mean that those cells never could or will, but as of 2010, all harvesting those cells did was destroy embryos.

Well, now it’s 2016 and not much has changed, though the news is on the related subject of fetal tissue in general. According to a report by the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, “In nearly 100 years of research, fetal tissue has not been directly linked to a single medical cure. Some might object that while fetal tissue research has not directly resulted in medical cures, it has helped advance the overall body of scientific knowledge and thereby assisted in producing cures. It is impossible to determine whether this claim is true, and if so to what extent. Yet the fact is that no one can point to a single medical advancement that critically depended on the use of fetal tissue.”

Why did they reach this finding? CNS News explains, “The congressional panel was convened last October to investigate fetal tissue procurement practices after videos released by the Center for Medical Progress raised concerns that abortion clinics and fetal tissue procurement companies were profiting from the sale of fetal body parts, which is a violation of federal law.”

We believe life begins at conception. To deliberately destroy that life in order to obtain lab material is grossly unethical. Not only that, but it’s not even yielding the results leftists keep telling us it will. But we suppose that science is too inconvenient.

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