The New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most respected medical publications, came out in favor of fetal tissue research on Wednesday and said it "strongly" supports Planned Parenthood, which has come under fire for some undercover videos filmed by an anti-abortion group.
New England Journal of Medicine's editorial board said that Planned Parenthood channels fetal tissue into "important medical research" and lauded it for being "one of the country’s largest providers of health care for women, especially poor women."
The editorial board also wrote: "It is shameful that a radical antichoice group whose goal is the destruction of Planned Parenthood continues to twist the facts to achieve its ends."
The editorial also referred to an article published in the journal on Wednesday, which was written by P. Alta Charo, an attorney and bioethicist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Charo writes that "virtually every person" in the U.S. has benefited from fetal tissue research.
Charo adds: "Every child who's been spared the risks and misery of chickenpox, rubella, or polio can thank the Nobel Prize recipients and other scientists who used such tissue in research yielding the vaccines that protect us."
Charo notes that critics "have overwhelmingly partaken of the vaccines and treatments derived from fetal tissue research and give no indication that they will foreswear further benefits."