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Fetal Farming, Here We Come: UK Scientists Say to Use Aborted Fetuses as Sources of Organs

Tell me we aren’t on the path to using human beings as mere produce: A UK bioethicist has called for using fetal organs from abortions in transplantation. From the story:

Kidneys and livers from aborted foetuses could be given to the desperately ill and ease the organ donor shortage, a leading scientist has claimed. Professor Sir Richard Gardner, an Oxford University stem cell expert, said foetal tissues may offer a more realistic solution to the lack of organs than other technologies being developed.

Realize this would require later term abortions. But that’s okay, according to another “expert:”

But Professor Stuart Campbell, who has argued for the abortion time limit to be lowered, had no ethical objections to the proposal. He said many babies were aborted quite ‘and if they are going to be terminated, it is a shame to waste their organs’.

Where have we heard that before? It sounds just like “these leftover embryos are going to be tossed out anyway, so we might as well get some use out of them.”

Hey, I know: When a woman wants an early term abortion, we can pay her to gestate a couple of extra months so her fetus can be of societal use! And imagine the possibilities when artificial wombs are created: We can gestate fetuses to order.

The road to fetal farming is already being paved.

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