Fetal tissue use
In Sunday’s letters, reader Larry Mason stated that human fetal kidney tissue was used to develop Jonas Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine that was administered to children in the 1950s.
He went on to state that there was zero concern about this use of fetal tissue.
The fact is that the Salk vaccine was developed and produced using monkey fetal tissue.
Human fetal tissue was used in research of viral tissue-culture techniques, but was not the only line of investigation. Salk and Albert Sabin used non-embryonic tissue cultures to produce the vaccine that saved human lives.
Planned Parenthood provided no support for tissue culture research in the 1940s.
Elective abortion was against the law in all states at that time.
Despite this, there was sufficient fetal tissue for tissue culture research.
— Dr. Robert Hart Kelly, Fort Worth
Kentucky county clerk
The government did not arrest Kim Davis for living according to her faith.
She was arrested for not following the law.
As an attorney, Sen. Ted Cruz should know the difference.
I used to work in the ER at Parkland Memorial Hospital. I had to take care of patients I did not like. But I wasn't there to pass judgment on anyone.
Davis is free to express her religious beliefs, and I have no problem with that. But gay marriage is now the law of the land.
She should follow the law or find another job.
— Richard LaChance, Fort Worth
Exactly when did the United States cease to be a secular nation?
We know it never did, but the clerk in Kentucky who is refusing to issue marriage licenses has no concept of the difference between religious law and secular law.
There is nothing in the Constitution that gives religious law as an excuse for breaking the law of the land.
She has no understanding of what the Bible says concerning marriage.
The myth of Adam and Eve — human life evolved in Africa, not the Middle East — is just that, a myth.
Women did not come out of a man’s rib, that is just a medical fact.
The problem with the way people misinterpret the Bible is that people simply do not bother to read what it says.
It says: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
Where does it say that that is the only way marriage works?
— Beverly Margolis, Hurst
Your Sept. 2 reprint of an editorial cartoon by Mike Luckovich from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution raises an interesting point.
The drawing of a huge (Republican) wall between voters and a voting booth reveals the left-wing mantra but it also says that Democrats love voter fraud.
Why is it that only Democrats oppose voter ID?
You cannot ride on an airplane or go to a doctor’s office without verifying your ID. Without voter fraud the outcome of many elections could be different.
Perhaps that is his point.
— Roger Myers, Justin
Too old for president?
Apparently the Democrats must believe Ronald Reagan was not too old for president now.
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are three and five years older, respectively, and Hillary Clinton just two years younger than Reagan when he was voted in.
Just being old doesn't give you respect, they will need to earn that.
— G.D. Pursley, Fort Worth
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