Yeah, I read about that stuff a while ago. I admit science and biotechnology and stuff like that is a little out of my comprehension. I don't understand how cells can became immortal, or how Henrietta Lack's cells have been helping people for several decades (her family really should be receiving some type of compensation for this...), or any of it...but it does seem odd how supposedly one aborted fetus somehow makes stuff taste better and gets turned into makeup etc ??? Also, I'm not really buying the whole "oh it's just one from the 70's and that's it."
On the one hand, there is a part of me that can see an upside to the downside. Regardless of anyones stance on abortion, I think we can all agree that it's a sad thing that happens every day. Just like death, and how some people are organ donors. Sadly, the babies don't have a say in anything, unlike organ donors, but if the fetus isn't being kept in a tragic half-life-state courtesy of science and medicine (meaning; the fetus is as dead as an elective organ donor would be), then I can see there being a positive in using it for stem-cell research to actually help people. Not for mass-produced foods or beverages or cosmetics.
On the other hand, if there is no true benefit to humanity with the use of the cells (cosmetics and fast food are things we could do without, as much as some of us would prefer not to) and if those poor fetuses are being kept in a sick half-life of sorts, then there is no benefit to an unborn child being robbed of its chance at life. (I'm not judging any woman who's made the difficult decision to have an abortion; I know a couple girls who've been there...and it weighs on them heavily afterwards. Well, the one woman was unaffected... And another did have some regrets, which she got over once she went in for a surgery she wouldn't have been able to have had she had the baby. Still, it's not our place to judge...but it does make me sad for the unborn.)
I don't really know where I stand on this one. On the medical side, its a grey area. The other stuff?
I don't understand it at all...