I heard a msnbc commentator this evening say “Everyone is rightfully upset — and should be — by the fetal tissue sale, but Republicans should not shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood.” My first reaction was “Yeah, those videos were doctored, but it is very troubling.” Then I thought…
I firmly support women’s right to choose to terminate her pregnancy.
I have given blood, both whole and platelets.
I am listed as an organ donor on my driver’s license.
Had any of my children died suddenly, I would have donated their organs to those who could use them.
If I had my druthers, I would have everything of my body that could be given away donated, and everything that could be used to teach students given to schools, and when everything was done the remaining flesh would be boiled from my bones and my skeleton would be hung up in a classroom somewhere.
So why should I be upset that fetal tissue from legal abortions is used in research? And why should I be upset that Planned Parenthood takes a small (less than $100) fee to facilitate the transfer of fetal tissue (voluntarily given by patients) to companies that get it to researchers? Why should I be upset, when if I had had an abortion I would have donated the fetal tissue myself?
So much of the outrage to this issue from all quarters is a visceral “squick” reaction informed by gut feeling rather than thoughtful reasoning.
That’s no way to run a railroad, as Daffy Duck would say, and certainly no way to make public policy or determine government spending.