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Harvesting Body Parts

Robert George is a Princeton Law Professor. And something of a cultural prophet.

In recent weeks, the public learned through a series of undercover videos from The Center for Medical Progress that Planned Parenthood sells–or is reimbursed for–infant body parts. Ten years ago, George warned this would happen.

He had studied the subject of stem cell research as part of his service on the President’s Council on Bioethics. In a 2005 essay in The Weekly Standard, cleverly titled “Fetal Attraction,” George describes new research in which “embryonic stem cells can be produced by a method that does not involve creating or destroying a living human embryo.”

George sounds this alarm: “I fear that the long-term goal is indeed to create an industry in harvesting late embryonic and fetal body parts for use in regenerative medicine and organ transplantation.”

Harvesting. Body. Parts.

He wrote those words in 2005. The videos released last month indicate that the industry for harvesting body parts is–unfortunately–already up and running. May Congress put an end to this practice. And may God have mercy on our nation for cutting up and selling these little people, each one made in His image (Genesis 1:27).

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