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Fetal Tissue Research Must Continue

microscopic view of fetal tissue sample (Gettyimages)

First and Foremost: This post is not an open invitation to debate the legality or ethics of abortion rights in America. The right for a woman to obtain an abortion has been part of United States (U.S.) law since January, 22nd, 1973 when Roe v. Wade was ruled on by the Supreme Court. As of this writing it stands as the law of the land. When a pregnancy is terminated, the fetal tissue may be voluntarily donated for scientific research or not. Doctors and clinics may not profit from the sale of fetal tissue.

Fetal Cell Tissue is the Best Option for Research: Going back to the 1930’s, researchers were aware of certain benefits of using fetal cell tissue in their research on vaccines and other treatments. The most basic of which is that it is just that – a living human cell, not an animal cell or a theory. One of the major benefits of fetal cells is that they are undifferentiated (they haven’t developed into specialized cells yet, like blood cells or muscle cells). They are a blank slate and can be used in many ways. Some individuals believe that animal cells can be used in the place of fetal tissue, but “if we want to study a process, it’s best to use the real thing”, says Akhilesh Pandey from Johns Hopkins. Being undifferentiated, fetal cell tissue is easy to grow into long existing cell lines that easily adapt to their use.

measles vaccine (gettyimages)

Fetal Cell Tissue Research Breakthroughs: The list of vaccines that have been created and other research that has been done using fetal cell tissue is immense. A partial listing of vaccines created using these tissue lines includes polio, rubella, mumps, measles, chicken pox, hepatitis A, and rabies. Recent breakthrough research using fetal cell tissue includes advances in the treatment of macular degeneration, HIV, Alzheimer’s, and Zika virus.

Research using fetal cell tissue is irreplaceable and invaluable.

Trump Administration Greatly Curtails Fetal Tissue Medical Research: Just yesterday (Wednesday, June 5th), the Trump administration, via an announcement from the department of Health and Human Services (DHS), stated they were sharply cutting federal spending on medical research using fetal tissue because, “Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration”. Much of this research occurs in conjunction with the National Institute of Health (N.I.H) and the announcement is an end to relationship that resulted in many medical breakthroughs since the 1950’s. The public outcry has been immediate and loud, from the medical research community to human rights groups. Sam Hogwood, the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco said, “today’s action ends a 30-year partnership with the N.I.H. to use specially designed models that could be developed only through the use of fetal tissue to find a cure for H.I.V…We believe this decision to be politically motivated, shortsighted and not based on sound science.”

To Wrap Things Up: In their announcement, the administration stated that the main reason behind their decision was “promoting the dignity of human life”. Or, looking at the administration’s past behaviors, they really aren’t basing anything on true scientific reasoning or for the benefit of U.S. citizen’s lives, they are bowing to pressure from far-right anti-abortion groups and conservative members of congress – all in their true shallow spirit of pandering to their base for reelection support. If the administration is interested in the dignity of human life and how it is viewed by the most conservative entity in the world, they need only look to the Catholic Church, which in 2017 came out in support of vaccines created using fetal cell tissues saying that the potential public health risks of not using these treatments far outweighs the concern about the vaccine’s origins.

This research is vital to the continued development of breakthroughs in medical research for the betterment of all our lives. This decision by the U.S. government shows how little they regard what is in the best interest of the U.S. population, in favor of pleasing the extreme right for self-serving reelection purposes.


I’ve said it before and I will continue to repeat myself – CONTACT YOUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES AND LET THEM KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS. One of the easiest ways to do so is to text the word “resist” to 50409. Resistbot will reply and ask you a few basic questions to get started. It’s very simple – won’t you join me?

Links, Resource, and Further Reading:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/us/politics/fetal-tissue-research.html

https://lozierinstitute.org/history-of-fetal-tissue-research-and-transplants/

https://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/human-cell-strains-vaccine-development

https://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(15)01193-X/pdf

https://chancellor.ucsf.edu/blog/response-administrations-actions-fetal-tissue-research

https://www.health.com/mind-body/fetal-tissue-research-facts

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/06/06/trump-administration-restricts-fetal-tissue-research-win-anti-abortion-groups

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/12/11/science-advocates-weigh-hhs-conducts-review-fetal-tissue-research

http://www.isscr.org/professional-resources/news-publicationsss/isscr-news-articles/article-detail/2019/06/05/isscr-opposes-health-and-human-services-policy-restricting-fetal-tissue-research

Lucky vs. Freak

Let’s talk Double Standards. By definition a double standard is a rule or principle which is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups. That is a pretty straight forward concept. We have all heard the phrase “what is good for the goose, should be good for the gander.” Well that means that both the male and the female of the species should be treated the same. We all know that isn’t the case in many of life’s little scenarios, but let’s just focus on one to keep the conversation simple… SPORTS.

Olympic Committee Guidelines have to be the most detailed, ordered, strict and contested set of rules on the planet. There is a rule for EVERYTHING! One thing is pretty clear though, taking performance enhancing drugs is a pretty big no no. This is called doping. You can’t put anything synthetic in your body that might give you an edge over another competitor. It is kind of a no brainer. But what if you were born with more of one chemical or less of another in your body that gives you an edge? Should you be required to suppress it or increase it chemically in order to put you in line with your competitors? Well let me pose this question ….  

Why is Caster Semenya being asked to suppress her NATURALLY produced testosterone, when Michael Phelps isn’t being asked to increase his NATURAL lack of lactic acid?

Yes I realize this is not a perfect example due to the fact that lactic acid isn’t considered a performance enhancing drug in the world of sports, nor is the lack of it a dis-qualifier. However, the fact that it has been scientifically proven that his body produces only half the lactic acid that his rivals need to handle, he is at a place of advantage due to his specific genetics. So… if you are gonna call out one, you gotta call out the other. Or better yet… just let them BOTH COMPETE AS THEY ARE! Quit trying to dictate and control what women’s bodies should conform to.

Gender Bias

 

Gender Bias is a discrimination that often goes unnoticed on a day to day basis. This Bias has been push through each generation from early history when all women would stay at home to care for the family and house while the man went to work to provide the income for the family. For history to have a period of time like that creates a bunch of stereotypes for what boy and girl should be and act like from an early age. It was up until the nineteenth century when women were allowed to partake social life, education, and politics.gender These ideas where pushed through movements like Christianity and the age of enlightenment. It has taken women movements and acts from the government for women to be respected by institutions of the government. Although women are still fighting to this present day to still have equality between men and women. Our history allows us to see there has always been separation of fair equality between men and women. Overall both of these links below talk about gender bias in different and similar ways but both educate you on gender bias in the world today. They both also touch on how gender bias has progressed over the years and through movements.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-marie-jenkins/unconscious-gender-bias-e_b_7447524.html

http://psychology.jrank.org/pages/271/Gender-Bias.html

Well? What are you wearing?

Every week, it seems, I see headlines about something awful on the news. TV headlines are outrageous, Reddit headlines are outrageous… heck, even Facebook headlines are outrageous! It leaves me with a sense of helplessness. What can I, personally, do against kidnappings, murder, violence, and terrorist attacks? Whenever I see these headlines, I’m filled with a sense of unsettled silence. A heavy sadness. A ruined peace that leaves me crushed for the rest of the day.

But there are certain headlines, and certain comments on the internet, that just make me mad. And violations of women’s rights, especially when it comes to the way she looks or dresses, fit that bill.

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