New twist on the abortion debate?

February 2, 2007 10:20am CST
I am interested in opinions regarding stem-cell research and aborted fetuses. The question is this: if aborted fetuses are used for stem cell research, and in turn assist in the invention of cures for cancer, alzheimer's, heart disease, even some mental illnesses, would the mother that aborts her fetus feel justified? Would abortion then be seen as more positive...would it tip the scales just enough to make the abortion debate irrelevant?
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@mdilan (803)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I don't think so, I think that's why a lot of campaigns have been released on the cordblood accounts for new mothers.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
With everything else, there are those that would abuse it. What about the parents with a child that has cancer.. would they then get pregnant and have an abortion just to save that child? Then it becomes a whole different arena, taking away from the actual intent and sullying a good thing. i guess it boils down to is the cost worth the end result.
• Netherlands
4 Feb 07
Great points - thank you. There are so many different points on this issue! I appreciate getting the different things to think about.
• United States
21 Jun 07
To use aborted fetuses for embryonic stem cell research and therepy would put a monetary value on the life of a human baby.Oh sure it would be illegal to sell the aborted fetesus, but it is illegal now, and yet a thriving market exists for their body parts. Some Mothers would feel justified, yet some already feel justified by the my body, my choice argument. The abortion debate will only become irrelevent when abortion again becomes illegal and is stopped. Sure, there will still be illegal abortions, but with today's antibiotics and improved physician education there would be fewer deaths and harm to the Mother. Fewer than when legalized? I don't know. However, I do think the baby shouldn't be punished by a painful eath because her Mother chose( chose is the operative word here)to engage in activities without proper precaution to avoid creating an unwanted human life. If the Mother was raped, therefore,not choosing to engage in the activity which created that human life, then the child still should not be brutally murdered for her Father's crime. Thus murdering a human baby whether it be for research or to save a supposedly more important life of an adult is just barbaric. BTW, who should judge which life is more important?