Malevolence or Benevolence? Fetal Tissue Research

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“You don’t need to kill a young human to get effective stem cells.” That was the core message of Dr. David Prentice today at FRC when he lectured on, “Malevolence or Benevolence? Fetal Tissue Research, Planned Parenthood’s abortions, and Embryonic Stem Cells.”

Dr. Prentice, one of America’s most distinguished bioethicists and stem cell experts, currently serves as Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. He is also Adjunct Professor of Molecular Genetics at the John Paul II Institute of the Catholic University of America and an Advisory Board Member for the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center at the University of Kansas, which was developed under his leadership.

Previously, he served more than ten years as Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at FRC and, before that, for more than two decades as a professor and researcher at several major universities. Dr. Prentice showed an interactive map,, produced by the Lozier Institute and others that displays how accessible community health centers are across the country as compared to Planned Parenthood centers.

He noted that were Planned Parenthood a country, it would be the sixth largest abortion provider in the world. And he emphasized that as opposed to embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells “are where the real successes are.”

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After cataloging a host of effective adult stem cell treatments, Dr. P made clear that embryonic stem cell research is not just a medical failure but a moral one, as well. “To get embryonic stem cells, you have to destroy a young human being. It’s simply unethical to sacrifice a life like that as an experiment,” he said.

We’re grateful for the work of this brilliant scientist who sustains his leading-edge scientific expertise on the solid rock of unchanging moral truth. Morality and science not only can co-exist but thrive. Dr. Prentice proves it.

And adult stem cells, as he demonstrates so persuasively, truly do save lives. To learn more, visit Dr. P’s fascinating website, “Stem Cell Research Facts,” where you can view moving videos of people whose lives have been transformed by adult stem cell treatments.

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Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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