A Minnesota-based pro-life group is raising awareness of the gruesome practice, approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), of research labs using the remains of aborted babies in medical research projects. In a recent news release, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) reported that the FDA has approved a clinical trial by StemCells Inc., which uses brain tissue from aborted babies to treat macular degeneration. According to MCCL, the research firm injects the fetal brain cells into the eyes of patients suffering from the degenerative condition to study the effect of the cells on vision.
MCCL noted that in its press release announcing the study, “StemCells Inc. was careful to refer to the fetal brain material as ‘purified human neural stem cell product’ or HuCNS-SC cells, rather than ‘fresh human fetal brain tissue,’ a description which can be found elsewhere on its website.”
MCCL’s executive director Scott Fischbach said that referring to the tissue as “stem cell product” is deceptive. “StemCells Inc. is not using embryonic stem cells,” Fischbach explained. “A five-day-old human being at the embryonic stage does not have a brain, but a fetus at 10 or 20 weeks of development with visible fingers, toes, and ears has a functioning brain.” He noted that babies developing in the womb are being treated “simply as raw material for laboratory experimentation by StemCells Inc. and other companies seeking to monetize aborted unborn children.”
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