by Denyse O'Leary
Perhaps, given the chronic shortage of organs for transplant, Baby Fae's heart transplant from a baby baboon should have caused stock in baboon breeding facilities to briefly skyrocket. But then again maybe not.
Many were outraged that the baboon was sacrificed, Winnick recalls,
Animal rights activists were not all from the fringe; many ethicists in academia likewise argued that animal life was equally valuable as human life. In part, this was an offshoot of increased knowledge of animals, and their modes of expression. But more fundamentally, this shift of values was made possible by modern science, whose findings were directly opposed to the Judaeo-Christian belief that man was created in God's image." (P. 71)Few knew that Baby Fae could have had a less invasive procedure with a much higher success rate. Winnick points out the obvious:
How different it would have been had Theresa [the mother] been wealthy or middle class, had she possessed a Ph.D. or been a high-powered executive or at least had health insurance, which would have encouraged the l3ss-invasive procedure. Had she not been poor, Theresa might have had her child transferred to a hospital in a major metropolitan area, which would have offered an array of treatments and more skilled physicians (72-73).Instead, Fae became a token in faculty common room jawdowns between animal rights advocates and push-the-limits technocrats.
As it happens, whoever won the war, Fae lost it, dying on her twentieth day, not her twentieth birthday. Winnick reports that one agency director told her,
I think that they did not make any effort to get a human infant heart because they were set on doing a baboon. (P. 73)Winnick, a self-described Jewish Democrat, is not a preacher calling for a return to the good old days; if she were, she would merely have been ignored and would not be one of the subjects of the Expelled movie. Rather, she is one of those dangerous people who have an inconvenient habit of discovering what is going on and explaining it simply - at a time when a vast science and technocracy industry has a huge investment in maintaining a myth.
Next: Part Three: Celebrity cosmology and assorted flimflam
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