Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Life Links 12/16/08

Renee A. Reijo Pera, director of Stanford’s Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education, provides a perfect example during her interview with the New York Times of why we shouldn't blindingly trust scientists regarding public policy question. Sometimes they don't have any clue what they're talking about.
Think about it: we study embryos donated by couples who finished their I.V.F. treatments. They would be destroyed anyway. Nationally, the clinics discard about 400,000 unused embryos every year — and yet few people consider I.V.F. clinics “immoral.” Stem cell researchers use about 10,000 of those about-to-be-discarded embryos. And in learning from them, we are getting information that we can get nowhere else, that will make mothers and babies healthier.
Except for the fact that the 400,000 statistic was the number of frozen human embryos stored at IVF clinics (not the number thrown away annually) and the 10,000 (actually 11,000) statistic was the number of embryos which were available to be used for research not the number actually used by researchers. The RAND study also notes that the 11,000 embryos available for research would result in approximately 275 stem cell lines.

Also, note Pera's incredibly shallow answer to whether she has any moral qualms about killing human embryos.

Another example of pro-choice intolerance.
The sign's pro-life messages were covered with smudged blue and red spray-paint and accompanied by the phrases "woman's choice" and "free choice."

A Swedish doctor who failed to spot a woman's unborn child and accidentally removed the child has been reprimanded for his actions.
The 28-year-old woman had sought treatment at the Stockholm South General Hospital (Södersjukhuset) in May 2007 because she was having trouble getting pregnant.

An ultrasound performed in September showed that the woman’s fallopian tubes were free from obstruction, but also revealed suspected polyps along the uterine wall.

Doctors scheduled an operative hysteroscopy for December, during which the suspect tissue was scraped away.

A subsequent examination of the discarded material revealed that it contained a fetal tissue.

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