With all the attention on the Planned Parenthood videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, it’s important that both critics and supporters become better acquainted with the case against the research and medical use of organs and parts procured from dead fetuses resulting from elective abortions. Although published over 20 years ago in Christian Research Journal (Fall 1991), I highly recommend Scott B. Rae’s article, “Spare Parts from the Unborn: The Ethics of Fetal Tissue Transplantation? (You can get it here). In fact, I liked it so much, I included it in my anthology, Do the Right Thing: Readings in Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy, 2/e (Wadsworth Publishing, 2002). I placed Scott’s article directly following one taking an opposing view, “Rights, Symbolism, and Public Policy in Fetal Tissue Transplants,” which was authored by John A. Robertson and originally published in the Hastings Center Report in 1988.
For those who may not know Scott B. Rae, he is Professor of Christian Ethics and Dean of the Faculty at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.
Scott’s article is definitely worth reading. Again, you can find it here.