Fetal tissue and Ben Carson’s abortion blind spot

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Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson appears on Fox Business Networkís 'Varney & Co.' in New York on August 12, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson appears on Fox Business Networkís 'Varney & Co.' in New York on August 12, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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The Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon acknowledges that he did research using tissue from aborted fetuses. He says that's OK, but anti-abortion ethicists disagree.

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  • Larry

    So the one thing which demonstrates Ben Carson is not a nabob who enjoys the taste of his own foot, is what his fellow conservatives will hang him on.

    His skills and knowledge as a neurosurgeon were always a counterpoint to the ridiculous things he would say in public and his Creationist beliefs. Something to show he was an intelligent, highly educated human being, as opposed to some of his more cretinous cohorts and associates.

    Of course religious groups are going to bend over backwards to avoid categorical attacks on research using fetal tissue to avoid looking like they want to attack scientific discovery. But in the end dogma takes precedence over the concerns and lives of others here.

  • Dominic

    The whole issue of using aborted human beings for any type of research is unnatural to our species and morally defective. It belongs in the pages of “Frankenstein”.
    The voluntary murder of a child should nullify any assumed desire of the child to donate it’s parts for someone else. The fetus has a natural instinct to survive and thrive as itself, and nothing else. Sadly, the complete baby should be disposed of, as it’s loving mother so desired.

  • Larry

    Its not like Evangelical voters turn away people who flat out lie in public. Especially when it suits their agendas.

    Your desire to hobble research in the name of fetus worship is duly noted. The tissue is donated with full consent of the mother and would be simply disposed of anyway. Nothing you say on the subject affects whether abortions will continue or the efficacy of using tissue obtained from it.

    A Defense of Donated Fetal Tissue in Scientific Research (which you won’t bother to read)
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd/2015/08/a-defense-of-donated-fetal-tissue-in-scientific-research/
    …while we have safe, elective abortions occurring in this country, early fetal tissue will be thrown away as medical waste if researchers are barred from its use. …wouldn’t we rather make some use of this tissue and turn it into knowledge that will help many more people right now and in the future?

  • Dominic

    No, the tissue does not come from an animal, but a murdered fetus/baby. People should never benefit from this crime…I don’t care if its a sure-fire cure for cancer. We do not exist as a body parts shop.

  • Greg1

    From what I’ve read, Ben Carson was not involved in fetal tissue, but with comparative research centers that studied organ failure from conception to natural death. His participation (if there even was participation) was after he would remove organs or sections of organs from adult patients during routine operations, he would then hand those samples over to research groups studying various diseases. Where the connection is supposedly made, is that the same research centers would also obtain baby organs obtained from abortion mills which harvested those particular samples. So to make that connection, one would need to do so with a wink and a nod.

  • Larry

    Abortion is perfectly legal. Your opinion doesn’t change that. You don’t care that the work is capable of saving the lives of born people. You never cared for the lives and decisions of born women. You are at least consistent in your disdain for people.

  • Larry

    Given your previous reading comprehension failure and lack of link, there is no reason to take this alleged equivocation seriously. Ben Carson stayed in public that tissue from aborted fetuses is useless for research. The fact that he co authored a peer reviewed medical journal article saying otherwise means he was lying.

    But as I said before, lying in service of a conservative agendas, especially an anti abortion position, is usually forgivable for those voters.

  • Greg1

    Larry, you should try waking up at 4 in the morning sometime–not the best for the brain.

  • j. ulysis

    Dr. Carson seems to be against abortion, but he’s not against the use of aborted fetal tissue for experimentation. Would he experiment on Jewish body parts if the Nazis had presented him with them? I guess I’m trying to figure out where his moral standings are???