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Louise Kirk: The health benefits from research on aborted babies’ body parts are disputed

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Last week I wrote how the The Planned Parenthood foetal organ sale scandal in the United States has woken the public up to the horrors of abortion and the horrifying videos that revealed the commodification of aborted baby parts.

Since then two more videos have been released –  numbers 3 and 4 in the series of videos that have exposed Planned Parenthood and their trade in foetal tissue. Everybody should have a look because this is humanity on show.

If you reel at the sight of babies’ body parts being sorted through dispassionately in a glass dish you will know why the defunding of Planned Parenthood is being discussed in the American Senate.

The subject has even reached the British press. Feed “Planned Parenthood videos” into the Daily Mail Online and you will now get a response from somewhere in its back pages. The Times also has a mention, on page 33. I quote from it:

“Foetal tissue research has resulted in vaccines for rubella, chickenpox and shingles. Work [using foetal tissue] is being done on cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

It is illegal for Planned Parenthood to make a profit from such material, but not to cover costs. According to America’s anti-abortion lobby, the videos show the group crossing a line into illegality.”

It goes on to describe how the videos reveal illegal financial transactions and then says:

“A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman said: “If this bill [to cut funding] went into effect, millions of people would struggle to access quality reproductive health care.”

The Times finishes by commenting that the vote is not expected to pass, that Hillary Clinton defends Planned Parenthood, and admits that America’s anti-abortion movement has recently won victories.

There is nothing here about the horror of the films. In fact, the tone of the article suggests that, while Planned Parenthood has indeed been caught with its hand in the till, the health benefits it provides outweigh its misdemeanours.

But what are these health benefits? A lot of noise was made, for instance, about possible cures for Alzheimer’s but in fact early experiments were disastrous. Success has been more evident in the field of adult stem cell research, where the future appears to be.

New research also casts doubt on the use of foetal material in vaccines. Some years ago there was a fuss made about the possible connection between MMR and autism. The links were eventually poo-poohed by the medical establishment, but fascinating insights from Dr Theresa Deisher suggest that there is indeed such a link. The problem comes not from putting measles, mumps and rubella into one vaccine, but from the physical reactions to basing the rubella vaccine on foetal material. The chicken pox vaccine, which is also based on foetal material, carries similar risks.

Dr Deisher tells us that the risks are very real. They extend much more widely than the diseases the vaccines protect against, and include serious ailments, such as leukaemia. Dr Deisher goes as far as to suggest that where diseases are not life-threatening, we should be much more cautious about vaccinating at all. Every parent ought to read this.

It would seem that, far from helping anyone, the gruesome business of using babies’ body parts is actually damaging public health.

I was also struck looking at the undercover films that the Planned Parenthood officials featured are all women. There is something particularly disturbing about women tearing apart the babies of other women. One such woman who worked for Planned Parenthood is Abby Johnson. She wasn’t actually an abortionist herself, but worked in the administration. An occasion when she was asked to witness an abortion using ultrasound changed her for life, and she now runs an outreach programme for those working in the industry. Her blog is worth looking at.

I am not alone in having noticed the number of females involved in Planned Parenthood. Fr Robert Barron makes the same comment. I shall finish by recommending his insightful video comment on the saga. Please watch it.

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Louise Kirk
Louise Kirk
Louise is UK Co-ordinator for the Alive to the World values education programme, mother of four and author of Sexuality Explained: a Guide for Parents and Children.

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