Abusing Stem Cell Research

Adam's Apple

Senior Member
Apr 25, 2004
Fetuses Harvested for Cosmetic Procedures
By Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D., and Robert J. Cihak, M.D., The Medicine Men
August 24, 2006

Lawyers love to talk about the slippery slope, how you bend the rules a little or do something a little wrong and it leads inevitably to worse. But sometimes the slope turns into a precipice and you find yourself looking into the abyss. Use of fetal tissue for cosmetic purposes – especially fetal tissue conceived only for that purpose – is such precipitous plunge.

The scientific and medical community knew it would happen eventually but didn't know how soon. False hope for stem cells is cruel enough – but using stem cells from fetuses created for monetary gain to use for cosmetic purposes seems to us to cross the moral line.

In a News of the Day announcement on August 17, 2001, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons discussed a new abuse of stem cells.

Exclusive clinics in various worldwide locations are offering face lifts and cosmetic procedures using tissues from aborted fetuses and stem cells from human embryos. The cells are said to rejuvenate the skin.

The optimum age of the fetus is 8 to 12 weeks. Reportedly, women in poor nations are paid up to $200 to carry a baby until the appropriate time for "harvesting" the cells.

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