By Hilary White | LifeSiteNews
A proposal by fertility researchers to harvest female gametes, ova, from the dead bodies of aborted children to create in vitro embryos in the lab has created a small buzz among the pro-life websites, blogs and Facebook in the last couple of days. But the buzz is over a story that appeared in the Daily Mail nearly ten years ago, about research that has very likely moved along considerably in that time.
In July 2003, the Daily Mail wrote about the work of a team of researchers from Israel, revealed at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Madrid. These researchers had successfully cultivated ovarian follicles in the lab, keeping them alive for several weeks. The tissue, the part of the female reproductive system that gives rise to ova, had been taken from seven babies aborted at between 22 and 33 weeks gestation. It was cultivated in a mixture of chemicals and hormones over four weeks and the follicles matured to the stage just prior to the production of gametes.
Dr. Tal Biron-Shental, from Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, Israel, was quoted by the Mail, as well as the BBC and a few other outlets, conceding that the concept of taking ovarian tissue from aborted babies was controversial. In fact, her quotes revealed much about the direction the abortion ideology has taken; one of pure, ice-cold utilitarianism.
Im fully aware of the controversy about this - but probably, in some place, it will be ethically acceptable, Biron-Shental said. There is a shortage of donated oocytes (eggs) for IVF - oocytes from aborted fetuses might provide a new source for these.
There are a huge amount of follicles in the fetal ovary.
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