Today, it is illegal to perform experiments on living aborted babies in the US. The issue of fetal experimentation has faded into the background. But it wasn’t always that way. There was a time, shortly after Roe V Wade, when babies who survived abortion not only were allowed to die, they were sometimes experimented on until they died. And experimentation on living aborted babies is legal in some countries.
Dr. Jerald Gaull, then chief of pediatric research at New York State Institute for Basic Research in Mental Retardation on Staten Island, was quoted defending this practice:
“Rather than it being immoral to do what we are trying to do, it is immoral it is a terrible perversion of ethics to throw these fetuses in the incinerator as is usually done, rather than to get some useful information.”
“Operations on Live Fetuses.”San Francisco Chronicle, April 19, 1973, page 20.
The book the article was cited in gives the following information:
Dr. Jerald Gaull, …was making periodic trips to Finland “to experiment on aborted but still-living fetuses.” He severed the nerve connections between brain and body, then surgically removed the brain, lungs, liver and kidneys for study and dissection.
Beyond Abortion, A Chronicle of Fetal Experimentation* by Suzanne M. Rini, (Avon, NJ: Magnificat Press, 1988) pp.32
I encourage anyone who wants more information on this to read Rini’s book.
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