Congressman Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-FL) released a "Dear Colleague" letter recently, inviting fellow Members of Congress and their staff to attend a briefing about the harms of "fetus farming" hosted by the Family Research Council. According to Rep. Weldon's letter, his bill would "protect human embryos (cloned or otherwise) from being exploited for their custom-grown organs" and protect "women from coercion and commodification as incubators for research materials."
What an absurd piece of legislation! Women don't intentionally get pregnant in order to immediately terminate that pregnancy for research! This idea of "fetus farming" is a self-created term thrown around by right-to-lifers who actually believe women are deliberately aborting for the purpose of scientific research and advancement. The idea behind stem cell research is to utilize embryos that would otherwise be discarded to enhance medical research that will create cures for diseases like Juvenile Diabetes, Parkinson's Disease, and Alzheimer's.
It seems hardly a coincidence that Chik-Fil-A is tagging its name to Weldon's event - a business that prides itself on religious beliefs (all Chik-Fil-A stores are closed on Sundays) and publicly supports detestable groups like Focus on the Family, founded by far-right Republican James Dobson, who compared stem cell research to Nazi experimentations during the Holocaust.