Fetal Tissue & Planned Parenthood - Why Secular AZ Cares

There are complicated moral and ethical questions involved in women’s health issues and access to health care for theists and nontheists alike. However, setting public policy and making laws based on extreme sectarian religious beliefs and manufactured controversies is dangerous and reckless.   

In the landmark case Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that the U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions, including her decision to have an abortion.

In recent weeks there has been a revived debate over the use of fetal tissue in scientific research.  At the heart of this debate appears to be a manufactured controversy directed at Planned Parenthood that is perpetrated by the religious right.  It is no secret that the religious right is intent on restricting access to legal and safe abortion. This Saturday, August 22, there will be protests by anti-abortion groups outside Planned Parenthood locations throughout Arizona.

We encourage supporters of secular government to attend the support rally to counter the extremist protest. Not only is the extremist protest part of an attack on women's reproductive rights, it is also an attack on science and medical innovation.  Scientists say fetal tissue remains essential for medical research in developing treatments and vaccines.  

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Scientists have long used human fetal tissue for research (US News)
How exactly fetal tissue is used for medicine (CNN)
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Scientists say fetal tissue is essential for vaccines and developing treatment (PBS)

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