Let’s Remember Why Fetal Tissue Research Matters
Much to do has been made about the Planned Parenthood videos released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), claiming that the organization traffics fetal tissues and organs. The videos are shocking to Americans that have been protected from thinking about how vaccines that saved their lives and that of their children were developed.
Remember polio — that highly contagious viral illness that causes paralysis? The Mayo Clinic describes the symptoms like this: “within a week.. signs and symptoms specific to paralytic polio appear, including: Loss of reflexes. Severe muscle aches or weakness. Loose and floppy limbs (flaccid paralysis), often worse on one side of the body.”
Indeed, the disease wreaked so much havoc on the body, that the Centers for Disease Control urges caution before looking at the images. The disease devastated whole communities; parents were afraid to allow their children out of the house. Jonas Salk and other researchers desperately raced to find a cure. However, that vaccine was developed through the use of fetal kidney cells in research.
But that vaccine didn’t simply save kids: “15-35 percent of adults may die because they become unable to breathe” if they contract polio. When faced with such odds, was it barbarian to conduct ethically sound research on donated fetal tissue?
Sadly, it turns out some Americans and our members of Congress are naïve about polio’s cure being bound up in fetal tissue and fetal organ research. Similarly, rubella, chicken pox and shingles vaccines were also developed through the use of fetal tissue from terminated pregnancies.