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Letter: ‘Performing an Autopsy Was Considered Immoral’

Catherine Dillon’s letter of September 16 shows she would not mind our country becoming “The United Judges of America” if she could appoint the judges. In her initial letter of August 19 she should have simply said that she disagreed with Judge Walker’s decision, rather than complain about judicial overreach.

Mrs. Dillon says that only the uninformed would object to a ban on embryonic stem cell research. I’m not a biologist, but a great many very talented people are staking their careers on embryonic stem cell research, and I have to assume they know what they are doing. It may be that up until now, embryonic stem cell research has not led to any cures because of the restrictions that have been placed on that research.

Mrs. Dillon also says embryonic stem cell research is immoral. She is certainly entitled to her opinion, but it’s worth recalling that at one time performing an autopsy was considered immoral. Under pressure from scientists, opinion gradually changed, and we have all benefited from the knowledge obtained from performing autopsies. Perhaps one day restrictions on embryonic stem cell research may be seen as misguided as restrictions on autopsies seem to us today.

Michael Trombetta