The undercover Planned Parenthood videos produced by the Center For Medical Progress were obviously intended for one thing — to produce mass hysteria over abortion. But largely lost in that hysteria has been a discussion about fetal tissue research and its benefits.
Fox’s Bill O’Reilly is on the record as calling fetal tissue research “Nazi stuff.” Or at least that was the phrase he used while discussing Planned Parenthood with New Jersey governor Chris Christie back in July:
Now many people feel this is Nazi stuff. This is what they did in the Third Reich with these experiments.
But on the September 30 edition of The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly got the facts handed to him by Fox anchor and correspondent Eric Shawn. Shawn explained how beneficial fetal tissue research is, and how many lives it has saved.
Shawn starts with the polio vaccine, pointing out that it was created from a fetal kidney cell. He then lists a number of other diseases that used to be widespread, and sometimes deadly, that have been controlled or even wiped out through products that have come from fetal tissue research.
O’Reilly, doing his best imitation of the old Emily Litella character played by Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live, responds basically with “never mind.” He says:
All right, so, there is a point that you say fetal tissue from aborted babies can be used for good. That’s true.
CMP and other anti-abortion groups seem to think that they will be able to stop abortion by turning the public against groups like Planned Parenthood. But lost in all of the bickering over the videos are these simple facts:
- Abortions are going to happen. They can be safe for the woman, or they can be made illegal and women will die from having them.
- Since women are going to continue to get abortions, shouldn’t the fetal tissue be used for good purposes? Fetal tissue that isn’t used for research is largely just disposed of.
Katie Lyon, who chose to abort a severely deformed fetus, explained in Time why she chose to donate fetal tissue for research. It’s likely that many other women feel the same way.
Here’s Bill O’Reilly’s schooling on fetal tissue research, by (gasp!) another Fox News employee, via Media Matters:
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