Ethics should be a factor in research

Ethics should be a factor in research

Ethics should be a factor in research

A university in California continues to harvest tissue from aborted babies, despite outspoken opposition and despite the availability of ethical research methods.

One News Now has previously reported that Zuckerberg San Francisco General at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is harvesting organs and tissue from aborted babies for research purposes. Recently the school harvested reproductive organs from the terminated babies.

Pro-Life San Francisco's Kristin Turner says her organization has written to the Board of Regents and to top school officials and has conducted informational pickets with no genuine response.

"So we decided to take it to the next level by protesting," Turner continues. "We had roughly 100 people shut down the entire Department of Public Health for two whole hours."

While she recognizes that solving health issues is a worthy cause. she also insists that ethics must be a part of the process.

"In some of the past research projects they've been doing things like HIV research and things that are very great for the community," says Turner. "We want to see cures for diseases which have struck in our community for years, but we believe that this just isn't the way to do it. We need to find ethical solutions, which there are."

Research on adult stem cells, for example, uses cells taken from living human donors. Little to no pain is involved, and research with those cells has resulted in treatments for medical conditions that affect more than two million people worldwide.

Turner says Pro-Life San Francisco's work will continue at UCSF until the school provides answers.