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The folks at Planned Parenthood and its defenders are trying to mitigate their public relations nightmare by reminding us that fetal tissue played a vital role in the development of vaccines, including polio. Their main points are:
- We are doing vital work in saving lives.
- If you received the vaccination and you don’t have polio you are already an accomplice, so get over it.
Where then, do you draw the line?
Most of us received the vaccine as a matter of course, before we were old enough to understand the concept of the ethical dilemma. But we surely could have understood when we had our own children vaccinated; that is, if we had even known about the history of the research.
It is an imperfect analogy (as most analogies are) but say you need a new heart. A match is found in a woman who’s been murdered. She did not consent to have her organs harvested but her family did. In accepting her heart for your own life-saving procedure, are you complicit in her death?