Hypocrite Ben Carson Has Performed Research Using Aborted Fetal Tissue

Ever since the release of widely debunked and heavily edited videos claiming to expose Planned Parenthood’s secret underground fetal baby parts cartel, Republicans — particularly those planning to run for President in 2016 — have been vocal about their disapproval of the non-existent problem.

Ben Carson, naturally, has been no exception. Last month, he appeared on “The Kelly File” to discuss how absolutely terrible and definitely immoral and probably useless it is to do any kind of research on this fetal tissue. He told host Megyn Kelly that “there’s nothing that can’t be done without fetal tissue” and that the benefits to research were “over-promised” and “under-delivered.” Also, he noted that 17-week old fetuses were too fully formed to not consider real humans, making the practice immoral.

“At 17 weeks, you’ve got a nice little nose and little fingers and hands and the heart’s beating. It can respond to environmental stimulus. How can you believe that that’s just an irrelevant mass of cells? That’s what they want you to believe, when in fact it is a human being.”

Now, it’s especially interesting that he specifically referred to 17-week-old fetuses, because, as it turns out, Ben Carson has conducted research on 17-week-old fetal brain tissue himself.

Dr. Jen Gunter revealed on her blog that Carson used fetal brain tissue from aborted fetuses in a 1992 study titled “Colloid Cysts of the Third Ventricle: Immunohistochemical evidence for nonneuropithelial differentiation”:

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WHOOPS.

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty sure that before I opened my mouth to decry the use of aborted fetal tissue in research, that I would make certain that I had never published research in which I used aborted fetal tissue. Particularly if I were saying it was useless. Is Ben Carson’s own research useless? Apparently!

Now, I need to say right now that what I really do not get is why these people think it would be better to just throw the fetal tissue out instead of using it for research. Really. I want to know. Do they oppose organ donation in general, or just for fetuses? Because I kind of feel like being opposed to organ donation, or the donation of fetal tissue that could possibly save lives, makes you pretty anti-life.

Naturally, Dr. Ben Carson has refused to apologize for having used the tissue, claiming that what he did by using the tissue is different than other people obtaining it. Or something. Who even knows, the man is ridiculous.

[Dr. Jen Gunter]
[Washington Post]
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