Rebecca Hagelin: U.S. apologizes for Guatemalan human experiments, what about human embryos?
Rebecca Hagelin writing at Townhall: “U.S. government experiments in the 1940s (run by the National Institutes of Health) intentionally and secretly infected Guatemalan prisoners, soldiers and the mentally ill with syphilis. It was a wrong-headed attempt to advance medical knowledge for the benefit of many but at great cost to a few . . . So, why experiment on Guatemalan ‘patients?’ Because they were far removed from American consciousness and laws. They were voiceless, vulnerable, and unprotected. Kind of like human embryos are now.”
Background on the U.S. apology for syphilis experiments in Guatemala:
NPR report: “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologized for a U.S.-funded study that led to the deliberate infection of hundreds of Guatemalans with syphilis from 1946-1948.”
Joint statement by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius: “The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical. Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices. The conduct exhibited during the study does not represent the values of the United States, or our commitment to human dignity and great respect for the people of Guatemala. The study is a sad reminder that adequate human subject safeguards did not exist a half-century ago.”
U.S. Department of State: “Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela and the Director of the National Institutes for Health, Dr. Francis Collins, will brief the media on the U.S. Public Health Service STD Inoculation Study of 1946-1948 in a teleconference call on Friday, October 1, at 11:15 a.m. EDT. This conference call is open to credentialed members of the media.”