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“The thought of something that could potentially save a life being incinerated along with other medical waste seems wrong. It didn’t cost me anything, monetarily or otherwise, to donate, so it seemed like a simple choice. Why wouldn’t I do it?”
- If the biotechnology industry is doing so well, why are maternity resources so underfunded?
- Since the stem cells in the placenta and umbilical cord are extremely valuable, both medically and fiscally, why shouldn’t families be paid for them?
“Naturally,” Battersby writes, “there are considerable ethical ramifications, and nobody wants to start a baby farm where placentas are manufactured and women are treated like chattel. But women will and do have babies.”