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Research Using Fetal Tissue

October 28, 1990

To me, a young Parkinson's victim of 35, the issues of fetal-cell research appear confused. Fetal-cell implants offer great hope to the victims of Parkinson's disease and other degenerative conditions. I am at a loss to understand the anti-abortion movement's objections. They contend that fetal-cell research is immoral because the material is obtained from a procedure that is immoral (abortion). This thinking is flawed.

Do we insist that every victim of an automobile accident, who is a potential organ donor, not be a victim of the illegal and immoral act of drunk driving? Do we exclude victims of the fastest-growing immoral act in this country, violence, from being tissue donors? No! Then why does the anti-abortion movement insist on interfering with basic scientific research and our rights to benefit from such research?

ANTHONY SCHOONENBERG

West Covina

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