Next time someone talks about Stem Cell research, point out this example of where some of them are coming from.

I actually found this on as their site of the day. I'm assuming it was named as such because it's so over the top and horrific. But even worse, this is not something out of "the onion" or another parody website. It's coming from thes BBC and it's being reported as the stone cold honest truth.
Healthy new-born babies may have been killed in Ukraine to feed a flourishing international trade in stem cells, evidence obtained by the BBC suggests.

Disturbing video footage of post-mortem examinations on dismembered tiny bodies raises serious questions about what happened to them.

Ukraine has become the self-styled stem cell capital of the world.

There is a trade in stem cells from aborted foetuses, amid unproven claims they can help fight many diseases.

But now there are claims that stem cells are also being harvested from live babies.


One campaigner was allowed into the autopsy to gather video evidence. She has given that footage to the BBC and Council of Europe.


A senior British forensic pathologist says he is very concerned to see bodies in pieces - as that is not standard post-mortem practice.

It could possibly be a result of harvesting stem cells from bone marrow.

Hospital number six denies the allegations.
Read it all here.

Why do I mention it? Stem Cell research was brought up in several federal campaigns this year negatively against Republicans opposing it. Before it might possibly become an issue in South Dakota in future campaigns, we need to look at the other side of the story.


Anonymous said…
oh sure, now a Republican wants to look *internationally*

what does the *world* think about this war we've funded?

where's your principle??
nonnie said…
If true, this is horrendous.

But with the devaluation of life via abortion and it's becoming routine in our thinking, could this possibly be the next step? After all, a healthy baby can be killed via abortion up until the moment of birth, and is by the abortionist in I think Kansas, what's the difference in some minds if it's done immediately after birth? How has that child suddenly changed simply by passing through a birth canal?

Too bad this didn't come up before the abortion vote here in SD. It might have changed the minds of a few pro abortion people
Anonymous said…
PP, quite a bit different than embryonic research wouldn't you say?
Anonymous said…
This is a horrible story.
But our country could stop this by using the stem cells that are available in our country in the form of unused embryos at all these fertility clinics which will never be used.
No one person needs to have 10 or 20 embryos in cold storage or simply thrown out when so many lives could be changed. So many horrific diseases are so debilitating and ruin families and their lives. And don't give me that crap that it is God's will. God has given us the modern medicine to help others so lets use his knowledge to help others.
Anonymous said…
Amen to 7:13
K said…
Many countries like the Ukraine also have a flourishing illegal organ market, too. Does that mean I think we should get rid of organ transplants in the U.S.? Of course not.
Anonymous said…
God did NOT give us modern medicine. He gave man the ability to use their brain and also the ability to decide when NOT to go so far as to play God.

Man (humans) shall be the demise. People need to ook further into issues and not the surface there is always another step that will have to be tried just to try it.
Anonymous said…
Yeah, I'm having a difficult time understanding what this has to do with stem cell research in the U.S.
foxgrandma said…
I agree with 7:13, I also think there should be more government funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Todd Epp said…
Pat, did Sibby kidnap you and tie you up and post this? Sibby, release Pat Power this very minute or I'm going to call the Blog Police!

Officer Epp
Anonymous said…
Sounds like if we had better access to domestic stell cells which we would have documented history for, we wouldn't be reading about this.
commander other said…
next, we'll be forbidding school-age children in the midwest from drinking with straws because straws are very dangerous if found blowing around during a hurricane, and goodness knows that any god-fearing pre-adolescent should be able to drink straight from a cup.
Douglas said…
Blog Police just arrived...

PP, Step away from the keyboard. Put your hands in the air. Take a deep breath. Count to 100 as you think about the implications of mixing God, government, science, and medicine.
Anonymous said…
The point is we also have adult stem cells to use, which have proven very effective, hence no need to kill babies, just born or pre-born.
Anonymous said…
Check out Michael Crichton's new book "NEXT" to see where all of this might soon be headed. Yeah, the story line over the top, as usual, but there's a lot to think about between the lines.
Anonymous said…
Adult stem cells do not have the same potential as embryonic stem cells.
For those of you against stem cell research you should throw the bible at those who go for fertility treatments. As those heathens are also killing embryos- where do you think the extra embryos go to? Is that God's will?
Anonymous said…
Adult stem cells can become "pluropotent" again if they are inserted into an egg cell.

It raises a similar, if somewhat tangent set of ethical questions, not the least of which is the fact that in most cases, gene therapy will only work if each patient treated has access to his/her own discreet pluroptent stem cell line. This creates an potentially enormous market for unfertilized female eggs.

Every woman between the ages of 13 and 35 thus becomes a potential millionaire.

Chew on that one next time you go to donate blood.
Anonymous said…

Supply and Demand rule. Say you're married to someone who will die without the proper medical treatment. Guess what happens to Price and Quantity when you prohibit the supply of something like medical treatment??? (Free economics lessons available...just respond!!)

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