Planned Parenthood Did Nothing Wrong – But there is a darker side to the human tissue trade

Our blogger Michele Goodwin has a piece up on Politico:

Republicans on Capitol Hill, and now GOP presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Jeb Bush, are jumping over each other to defund Planned Parenthood because it transfers fetal tissues to researchers at cost. But if Americans want the benefits of biotechnology—helpful surgeries, cosmetics, vaccines, Alzheimer’s treatment and pharmaceutical drugs—they and their elected representatives need to learn a few basic facts about how these social services and products are derived from human tissue research.

The latest assault on Planned Parenthood comes after graphic video clips were released over the past three weeks purporting to show the non-profit organization nefariously trading fetal body parts for profit. Despite a move by Senate Democrats to block the defunding bill on Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are joining together to try to shut down the government if Planned Parenthood gets federal money. Just yesterday, Jeb Bush railed against “the hard-to-fathom $500 million in federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood—an organization that was callously participating in the unthinkable practice of selling fetal organs.” […]

Read the full article here.

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About Michele Goodwin

Professor Goodwin is a prolific author, public commentator, and social policy advocate. She serves on the executive board of the ACLU and is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Her reviews and commentaries appear in Forbes, Salon.com, the New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, and numerous other periodicals. She is published in the Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern Law Review and other law journals.