A leading spokesperson for life says pro-lifers have an obligation to influence the federal government as it ponders research using tissue from aborted babies.
U.S. health officials are asking for nominations for an advisory board to develop ethical policies regarding the use of aborted babies in medical research.
"I'm gratified to see that yet again President Donald Trump's Department of Health and Human Services is responding to pro-life concerns about how that department conducts its business and is trying to end unethical practices with the use of human fetal tissue," responds Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League.
He says it is important to make the effort to ensure the advisory board appointees are ethical and pro-life.
"From a scientific perspective, you may be able to say this will work and that won't work, but that doesn't always give you the moral question," Scheidler says about the experiments on aborted babies. "We could perform experiments in the horrifically unethical way that … Josef Mengele, the famous Nazi doctor, did -- that doesn't make any results that come from that kind of research justifiable."
Mengele performed a range of experiments on Jewish children, including 1,500 sets of twins, that resulted in death and disfigurement. In one experiment, he sewed a set of twins together. Only 200 of the children survived.
So Scheidler reiterates there must be ethical questions asked and answered in any kind of human research.