An aborted fetus is not a dead baby. Okay? The first thing needed here is to get past the sensationalism and hype. Babies are born. Fetuses are not.
The next point we need to be clear on is that life is not sacred. “Sacred” is a religious idea, that “God” created life, so all life is sacred in some beliefs where only human life is “sacred” in other beliefs. Beliefs are merely opinions, and religions are all nothing more than beliefs. We need to stick to known facts if this is to be a rational discussion. Beliefs may seem rational but they have nothing to do with facts.
The argument is made that human life begins at conception. The same is true of all life, a creature begins to form once an egg and a sperm unite. In humans, this does not constitute an actual baby. Modern medical techniques can maintain the life of a fetus outside the womb if it’s developed enough, but that same fetus would die if born too soon and not supported artificially. The same as a premature dog or cat fetus would die. A fetus is a fetus until it’s born. Then it’s a baby. But let’s not get all tripped up over semantics. Words aren’t facts, they’re only concepts used to describe reality.
The Religious Right is aflame right now over the revelation that Planned Parenthood, an organization that supports abortions, has been harvesting body parts from the aborted fetuses and selling them. Supposedly, this is terrible. This is just awful, oh what horrible people to sell kidneys and livers for research. Really? Why is that bad? Isn’t that a whole lot better than just disposing of the fetuses? People sell kidneys and livers all the time. When a doctor does a heart transplant, do you think that heart was free? What do you think it costs to remove a kidney or heart from a dead person and preserve it, transport it, do all the paperwork, assign it to someone on a long list who needs one? Gee, do you think if someone made a $100,000 donation they might go to the top of that list? Huh?
No. Selling fetus tissue and body parts is perfectly proper, what’s improper is painting Planned Parenthood people to look like butchers. They’re not, they’re advancing Medicine and making a profit doing it, exactly the same as any medical lab or pharmaceutical company does, and the Religious Right is being Politically Correct instead of realistic and reasonable. Shame on them.