Monday, August 17, 2015

Video Fallout

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.

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