In July, Reps. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) and Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) introduced legislation that would ban the sale of fetal body parts in the state of Wisconsin and not allow federal funding to go toward Planned Parenthood. The LaCrosse Tribune reported that the legislation was a response to the scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood buying the body parts of aborted babies.continue at LifeNews
Now, nearly 700 faculty members from University of Wisconsin have signed a letter arguing that the bill would cut off “hope for patients” and deter biomedical students and the biotechnology industry from coming to their University because it shows “that Wisconsin is no place to do business.”
The letter says, “We wonder whether legislators have considered the ethical implications of denying current and future patients the benefits of the research that would be blocked by this legislation. Research done with cell lines derived from fetal tissue has benefited millions in the form of vaccines and treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, heart disease, and viral and bacterial infections.”
Then, the letter alleges that prohibiting research on aborted babies’ body parts would “ risk untold numbers of lives” because they use it to find critical vaccines. The faculty explained, “The cell lines derived from fetal tissue are commonly used for research in laboratories worldwide. Other tissues and cells, such as those derived from miscarriages cannot be substituted for this research, despite the claims of the proponents of this ban.” [Get that?]
Important to remember that the University of Wisconsin wanted a late term abortion site on campus so they could get (as Jill Stanek pointed out about StemExpress) "organs from very freshly killed babies."
In fact, that is exactly what UW just stated in this letter, they need freshly killed babies. Let's read it one more time.
"Other tissues and cells [oh yeah, and organs and heads], such as those derived from miscarriages, cannot be substituted for this research, despite the claims of the proponents of this ban."UW seeks to deflect and turn this into the same as the embryonic vs ethical(or "adult") stem cell debate, although that hardly is a scientific debate anymore considering what a bust embryonic research has been.
Unclear if the signatories support some of the laws broken by Planned Parenthood recently, including sale of parts without consent of the mother.
"There is no suitable substitute for the HEK293 cell. To attempt to find a replacement for these or for cells derived in the future, in all their diverse applications, would cost billions and risk untold numbers of lives."It's probably best for UW if the body count is left "untold." One has to wonder if billions of dollars were spent on ethical research, could an alternative flu vaccine be created. After all, there are ethical alternatives to many vaccines used today.