On Monday, it was reported that a recent study shows that scientists want to harvest more unborn babies for scientific research on stem cells.

During the Great Stem Cell debate, ‘the scientists’ said they ‘only’ wanted to be able to create and experiment on embryos up to 14 days of development, when cells begin to differentiate. Of course, at the time they couldn’t maintain them for longer than 14 days, so nothing was actually limited,” writes Wesley Smith for Life News. 

“Now that they can, they plan to ditch the ‘14 day rule’ as it is called — actually, it is a guideline since it isn’t legally binding — promulgated by the International Society for Stem Cell Research.”

From the MIT Technology Review column:

For the last 40 years, this voluntary guideline has served as an important stop sign for embryonic research. It has provided a clear signal to the public that scientists wouldn’t grow babies in labs. To researchers, it gave clarity about what research they could pursue.

Now, however, a key scientific body is ready to do away with the 14-day limit. The action would come at a time when scientists are making remarkable progress in growing embryonic cells and watching them develop. Researchers, for example, can now create embryo-like structures starting even from stem cells, and some hope to follow these synthetic embryo models well past the old two-week line.

And after that? Once embryos can be gestated in artificial uteruses, why not go to one month, three months, or six months? Hell, why not up to the point of birth?” writes Smith.

The MIT paper adds:

Scientists are motivated to grow embryos longer in order to study — and potentially manipulate — the development process. But such techniques raise the possibility of someday gestating animals outside the womb until birth, a concept called ectogenesis.

According to [bioethicist Tetsuya] Ishii, new experiments “might ignite abortion debates,” especially if the researchers develop human embryos to the point where they take on recognizable characteristics like a head, beating heart cells, or the beginning of limbs.

Smith contends that “All of these talks of ‘limits’ and ‘ethical boundaries’ are a big con. Guidelines will not protect against abuse because those in charge will keep changing the guidelines. And people wonder why there is so much distrust of our institutions.”

What are your thoughts on the increase in aborted babies being used for stem cell research?

 

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Donna Carter
Donna Carter
9 months ago

All of known science KNOWS human life, indeed All life, begins at the moment of conception ( one sperm, one egg and quickly onward).First heart beat occurs VERY EARLY (about 3 weeks) after that moment! Innocent, fragile, human life! All it needs is TIME and PROTECTION to grow safely until its birthing! And then, much much love and careful nurturing….A truly unique separate, precious, newborn child. Yes,unborn babies and all newborns are indeed gifts of God the true Giver of Life!

Ken Senzig
9 months ago

In ancient Israel, babies were being sacrificed to the god of moleck, which was a hollow bronze casting with arms that received the child after a fire was built inside. Israel was attacked by the Assyrians during this practice. The Assyrians left after the attack, and for 19 years the Israelies had time to repent. After 19 years, the Assyrians returned and decimated the Israelies. We were attacked on 9/11 and after 19 years we get covid 19 AND Joe Biden! Now, however the “brilliant” scientists among us want to double down and harvest parts of aborted babies. Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a rough ride!

Donna
Donna
9 months ago

You are so wrong hope you know you will burn in hell for the innocent lives you are taking God help you hell is real you had better take a step back and decide if you keep doing this what is going to happen to you!

John Wood
John Wood
9 months ago

I prefer to “harvest” these scientists. They would make good fertilizer.