Ben Carson, who is appalled at Planned Parenthood, used fetal tissue in his own research.

Ben Carson, who is appalled at Planned Parenthood, used fetal tissue in his own research. August 13, 2015

Dr. Jen Gunter has done some digging into Dr. Ben Carson’s research and turned up something interesting:

While opining on the uselessness of fetal tissue research to Megyn Kelly Dr. Carson neglected to mention his own paper Colloid Cysts of the Third Ventricle: Immunohistochemical evidence for nonneuropithelial differentiation published in Hum Pathol 23:811-816 in 1992. The materials and methods describe using “human choroid plexus ependyma and nasal mucosa from two fetuses aborted in the ninth and 17th week of gestation.”

Gunter was nice enough to screen cap one of the relevant parts for everybody:

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Gunter continued:

Yes, Dr. Ben Carson has done research on fetal tissue and published his findings. His name is on the paper so that means he had a substantive role in the research and supports the methods and findings.

How does one explain this given Carson’s stand on fetal tissue research?

It’s a good question, one that will surely be met with little more than crickets.

This behavior on Carson’s part is odd coming from a person who thinks Planned Parenthood is a plot to control the population of black people, rather than an outlet to provide healthcare for a demographic (black women) more likely to be abandoned by their governments:

Or who, in reaction to these deceptive videos of Planned Parenthood floating around, said that PP doesn’t respect the sanctity of life and that the use of fetal tissue in medical research isn’t necessary:

Ben Carson on Tuesday slammed Planned Parenthood, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that the women’s health organization “doesn’t seem to understand the sanctity of human life and is willing to destroy that.”

Appearing on “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Carson added that Planned Parenthood is “an organization whose founder believed in eugenics,” a reference to Margaret Sanger, and added, “even today, the plurality of their clinics are in minority communities.”

The comments from Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, come after the release of a third sting video featuring an interview with a woman who says she worked in a clinic procuring tissue from aborted fetuses.

Carson said the use of fetal tissue for medical research isn’t necessary.

Uh oh.

Ah well, if the religious right had a history of caring about being lied to this might make a dent in Carson’s surging poll numbers.  As it stands they’ll almost certainly only care that he says Planned Parenthood is evil, not that his actions betray his words.

For the record, Rowan Karvas, who works with stem cells, wrote an excellent article in defense of fetal stem cell research you really should read if you haven’t already done so.  It turns out that fetal tissue research is insanely productive. What a twist that nobody could’ve seen coming, right?

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