Inside Higher Ed
August 17th, 2015
In the last week, a state legislator in Wisconsin suggested that
professors defending the use of fetal tissue in research should think
about the work of the notorious Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. Also in the
last week, Ben Carson, formerly a professor at Johns Hopkins University
known for his path-breaking research and now an anti-abortion candidate
for the Republican presidential nomination, found himself questioned on
his use of fetal tissue for research in 1992.
Both of those developments are due to the release of a series of
videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the use and
potential purchase of fetal tissue after abortions. Planned
Parenthood states (and many independent observers who have watched all
the videotape, not just the brief portions publicized by anti-abortion
groups that pretended to be medical research suppliers, agree) that the
videos show nothing illegal.