The abortion horror is about to take a further gruesome turn. The special properties of foetal tissue make its use attractive in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other nerve disorders.
One of the most outspoken medical advocates for the use of foetal tissue is Dr. Robert Gale in California. Gale travelled to the Soviet Union where he attempted (in vain) to save victims of the Chernobyl disaster by transplanting foetal tissue.
The Philadelphia-based National Disease Research Institute and other organizations already gather foetal tissue obtained from abortions for distribution tot researchers. Thus, the abortion racket will become even more profitable, while medical researchers, already involved in unacceptable practices such as experimentation on human embryos, continue to destroy medical ethics.
On September 11, the Toronto Sun carried a UPI report from Pittsburgh on the use for transplants of living infants “doomed to die.” This is proposed by Arthur Caplan, director of the University of Minnesota Centre for Biomedical Ethics, who referred to anencephalic infants an example. These infants have only a little brain tissue. States that require organ donors to be dead before body parts are used for transplants should make an exception for the use of these infants, Caplan said at the Pittsburgh International Transplant Forum.
In mid-October, an anencephalic baby, born in Ontario, was kept alive on a respirator so that her organs could be transplanted. The recipient of Baby Gabrielle’s heart was a British Columbia baby boy, Paul Holc, whose mother flew to California for a caesarian delivery followed by an immediate heart transplant operation for her son.
Early news reports stated that Baby Gabrielle was “brain absent” at birth. This is not so. She did have some brain activity as she was able to breath naturally at birth. A “brain absent” baby would not have been able to breath at birth and his or her organs would not be suitable for use as transplants. When Gabrielle ceased breathing naturally, she was kept alive artificially so that her organs could be harvested.
The Californian operation which should more accurately be termed an experiment since it has never before been attempted, was performed by the same doctor who several years ago experimented on Baby Fae. That operation, in which the heart was donated by a monkey, was unsuccessful.
Meanwhile in Winnipeg, Ottawa University law professor, Joseph Magnet, proposed that severely handicapped infants (described as severely damaged infants, as if they were products) be projected with a fatal drug rather than provided with palliative hospital care. Fortunately, Dr. John Watts, former director of a newborn intensive care unit at McMaster, Hamilton, “disagreed vehemently.” He pointed out that palliative care allows both the infant and the parents to be comforted until death occurs. The babies are kept free of pain, kept warm and cuddled. (Toronto Star, Sept.21).
Magnet has become one of Canada’s leading spokesmen for active euthanasia. In 1986 he and University of Victoria philosophy professor E. Kluge published the book Withholding Treatment from Defective Newborn Children (note the use of the term “defective,” in our society anything which is defective is thrown into the garbage) (For a review, see Interim, January 1987).
Another example of a medical doctor doing whatever comes into his head, is Canada’s first franchised sex-selection clinic. The clinic has been set up in Scarborough, Ontario by Dr. Allan Abramovitch, a male infertility and urology specialist. He has purchased the technique from Dr. Ronald Ericsson in Nevada who claims to have 65 clinics “around the world.”