Fetal tissue research has been going on since the 1930’s. It is a valuable tool in an arsenal to look for answers to many diseases. It is under attack since it came to light that Planned Parenthood gives the fetal tissue from abortions to researchers. The videos that were widely distributed by the anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress, deliberately mislead people into believing that Planned Parenthood was paid for the tissue by researchers.
Even though every single investigation into these allegations has proven them false, it has mattered little to pro-lifers who now have another reason to defund Planned Parenthood. The facts be damned, as politicians are now proposing bans on the use of fetal tissue for research. The consequences of the loss of fetal tissue as a research method would be debilitating to research on Azheimer’s, Ebola and Parkinson’s, to name a few.