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Monday, November 01, 2004
  See - I Told You Abortions Were A Good Thing!
I don't mean to gloat, but I've always maintained that abortions were a good thing. A recent article from NewScientist reports about a woman's dramatic improvement in her vision, from 20:800 to 20:84!
Three years ago Elisabeth Bryant believed she would be blind for the rest of her life. “I couldn’t see anything,” she says. Now, although her vision is not perfect, she can see well enough to read, play computer games and check emails.

Bryant has retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that has blinded four generations of her family. What has saved the sight in one of her eyes is a transplant of a sheet of retinal cells. The vision in this eye has improved from 20:800 to 20:84 in the two-and-a-half years since the transplant – a remarkable transformation.
What does all this have to do with abortion, you might ask?
There is a catch, of course. The sheets of retinal cells used by the team are harvested from aborted fetuses, which some people find objectionable.
Now this is truly a wonderful discovery. What was previously a potential inconvenience can now be used to improve people's lives. Not only that, but if we ever achieve a rational culture, we could clone these cells (or fetuses) and have a market that would provide quality organs at low cost. Or women who'd be paid to become pregnant and then hand over the aborted fetus. Now there's a job I'd want - gorge on food all day while reading and blogging! I'd happily volunteer to carry "Junior"!

The possibilities are literally endless. Of course, this is exactly what the conservatives are afraid of:
One accusation of those opposed to using fetal tissue is that women might be tempted to have abortions to provide tissue to restore their own sight or that of relatives. “People are going to claim that we are promoting abortion,” says Norman Radtke, the surgeon who carried out the transplants at the Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
One other thing that I find so ironic is that now the conservatives will have to come clean, so to speak; no longer will they be able to appear to care about people. No more pundits lamenting, "Well, you know, embryonic stem cells haven't cured any diseases, maybe it's not worth the investment when we have adult one that really do cure diseases..."
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 11:26 PM


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