There is an ethical standard that should govern scientific research: the standard of the protection of each human life. The nation wakes up to what many of us have known for a long time..it is a baby and not a blob of tissue.
Human flesh has moral value. We see this when friends fall ill and we are saddened by their bodily suffering, when accidents happen and bodily functions are impaired, when we mourn the dead and care for their remains. In each of these instances we are treating the human body, and the proper functioning of its parts according to the dignity it possesses: as having importance, as meaning something, as valuable. We see its suffering, its demise, its lifelessness, as a tragedy.
What happens in the context of abortion, then, is likewise indicative of the moral value of human flesh. Precisely because abortion requires the dismemberment of a body, it also reveals to us the tragic end of a human life. It follows from the reality that human organs are procured for research through abortion, that abortion is not simply a matter of personal choice, or reducible to other euphemistic sound bites, but the gruesome and tragic ending of human lives.
Philosophically we know that human flesh, human organs, belong to human bodies, and that these bodies belong to living persons…
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