Three years ago, I didn’t know about the gruesome practices you are going to read about here. Part science, part magic, they are the stuff of nightmares. They are dreams of eternal youth.
While animals and Artificial Intelligence are being “humanized,” humans are being dehumanized. Who will gain from this and who will lose?
Warning: This essay contains photos and information about cruelty to animals and humans and might be disturbing for some.
Truth is seldom popular and often hard to face.
Every month, Lishan Su receives a small test tube on ice from a company in California. In it is a piece of liver from a human fetus aborted at between 14 and 19 weeks of pregnancy.
Here is a 14-week-old fetus. The large dark mass is the very desirable liver:
Here is a 19-week-old fetus:
Scientific American describes how:
Su and his staff at the University of North Carolina carefully grind the liver, centrifuge it and then extract and purify liver- and blood-forming stem cells. They inject the cells into the livers of newborn mice and allow those mice to mature. The resulting animals are the only ‘humanized’ mice with both functioning human liver and immune cells, and, for Su, they are invaluable in his work on hepatitis B and C, allowing him to probe how the viruses evade the human immune system and cause chronic liver diseases.
“Using fetal tissue is not an easy choice, but so far there is no better choice,” says Su, who has tried, and failed, to make a humanized mouse with other techniques.
The Seattle Times reports:
Companies that obtain [fetal] tissue from clinics and sell it to laboratories exist in a gray zone, legally. Federal law says they cannot profit from the tissue itself, but the law does not specify how much they can charge for processing and shipping.
The National Institutes of Health spent $76 million on research using fetal tissue in 2014 with grants to more than 50 universities.
Some researchers receive the tissue from abortion clinics at their own institutions, or from tissue banks maintained by some universities. Many buy the tissue from companies that act as middlemen. Those companies pay small fees, usually $100 or less a specimen, to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood…. The companies then process the tissue and sell it to researchers for higher prices that reflect the processing.
According to Arthur Caplan, Director of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, fees can run into the thousands of dollars for a tiny vial of cells but do not break the law.
“It appears to be legal, no matter how much you charge,” says Caplan. “It’s a very gray and musty area as to what you can charge,” since there is little or no oversight of the processing fees.
StemExpress, a small company in California, is where the majority of researchers buy tissue. It describes itself as “the largest provider of maternal blood and fetal tissue globally.”
In a 2015 article in the Washington Times, “a former technician for StemExpress told how an aborted baby was kept alive so that its heart could be harvested at a California Planned Parenthood facility . . . .”
Holly O’Donnell, a former blood and tissue procurement technician for the biotech startup StemExpress, also said she was asked to harvest an intact brain from the late-term, male fetus whose heart was still beating after the abortion.
A StemExpress supervisor “gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face. And I can’t even describe what that feels like,” said Ms. O’Donnell
The federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 says that when a child is born alive, including having a beating heart, he or she is a legal person and has a right to lifesaving medical care. Yet, proof has been obtained that clinics purposely keep aborted babies alive for their internal organs and tissue . . .