Malevolence or Benevolence? Fetal Tissue Research, Planned Parenthood's abortions, and Embryonic Stem Cells
December 3, 2015 12:00 ET

The impact of this summer’s Planned Parenthood undercover video scandal continues to reverberate in the halls of Congress and, thanks to pro-life groups, into our daily lives through clever marketing and social media. The revelation that the abortion giant has apparently profited off unborn baby body parts sold for research has been deeply disturbing to millions of Americans.

The ethics and even the concept of fetal tissue research had not even entered the mind of ordinary Americans until the Center for Medical Progress broke the story. In this age of unmitigated sexual license, the sacrifice of nascent human life and its consequences are now consistently couched in terms of perceived “goods”, running the gamut from research advances to a woman’s rights. Join FRC and David Prentice, PhD as he explains the danger of reducing human dignity to a utilitarian calculus of “the greater good”.


Dr. David A. Prentice is one of America’s most distinguished bioethicists and stem cell experts.  Currently Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, he is also Adjunct Professor of Molecular Genetics at the John Paul II Institute, the Catholic University of America and an Advisory Board Member for the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center, which was developed under his leadership. Previously he served over 10 years as Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at the Family Research Council.

Dr. Prentice received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Kansas, and was at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Texas Medical School-Houston before joining Indiana State University, where he spent almost 20 years as Professor of Life Sciences, and Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was Adjunct Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics. He was selected by President George W. Bush’s U.S. President’s Council on Bioethics to write the comprehensive review of adult stem cell research for the Council’s 2004 publication “Monitoring Stem Cell Research.”


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