Experimenting with Pregnant Women

23 09 2014

PregnantWomanImmediately after World War II, researchers at Vanderbilt University gave 829 pregnant mothers in Tennessee what they were told were “vitamin drinks” that would improve the health of their babies. The mixtures contained radioactive iron and the researchers were determining how fast the radioisotope crossed into the placenta. At least three children are known to have died from the experiments, from cancers and leukemia. Four of the women’s babies died from cancers as a result of the experiments, and the women experienced rashes, bruises, anemia, hair/tooth loss, and cancer.

Science and medicine have done a lot of good to mankind and to the world. Yet great dangers lurk if science were to lack respect for human dignity.

Throughout the 1840s, J. Marion Sims, who is often referred to as “the father of gynecology”, performed surgical experiments on enslaved African women, without anaesthesia. The women—one of whom was operated on 30 times—regularly died from infections resulting from the experiments.] In order to test one of his theories about the causes of trismus in infants, Sims performed experiments where he used a shoemaker’s awl to move around the skull bones of the babies of enslaved women.

Men and women are made in the image of God. Any action that treats a person as an object (for experiment) runs counter to his dignity ( and therefore is intrinsically evil). Such actions also include: slavery, murder, rape, and wrongful imprisonment; also including: scorn, prejudice, and coercion. Such treatment values a person for his objective utility, capacity or quality, not on the dignity of being a child of God and a brother or sister to all other human beings. Many scientist even today challenge this very truth, regarding killing human embryos, fetuses, and severely retarded, demented, or debilitated human beings
Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unethical_human_experimentation_in_the_United_States




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