Sunday, 29 November -0001 19:00

Babies: A Dark Side Of The Consumer Mind-set

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Abortion advocates' decades-long push to deny or downplay the humanity of the unborn child is bearing fruit. Unborn children are increasingly being treated like consumer products, if recent news stories are an indication. On September 10 the London-based Times published a story describing how the Institute for Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, in Kharkov, sells baby parts. The list on its website offers a variety of cells and other tissues from babies. The institute alleges that the material comes from fetuses aborted at an early stage of life. But, according to the Times, this claim is doubtful after revelations indicate that live newborn babies have been disappearing from maternity wards in the city of Kharkov. The article quoted an ex-employee of the institute, Juliya Kopeika, who said that Ukrainian scientists in the field had long benefitted from a more relaxed approach to ethical issues. Moreover, Ukrainian law considers that babies born before 27 weeks or weighing less than 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) are automatically considered abortions. As such, the babies are not officially registered and are sometimes taken away from their mothers and not returned, human rights activists told the Times. Last April 17, a report in another British newspaper, the Observer, alleged that Ukrainian women were being paid to sell their fetuses to clinics. The tissues are then used for beauty treatments that purportedly rejuvenate the skin and cure diseases. The Observer claimed that the women were paid 100 pounds ($182 at current exchange rates) per fetus, and were later sold in Russia for up to 5,000 pounds ($9,100).
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