by Greg Krehbiel on 29 December 2013
A French woman who said she owed her life to medicines developed from embryonic stem cell research has gone on national television to answer abuse from pro-life activists.
Adele Bissette, 24, received insults and abuse, which politicians rushed to condemn, after posting a defence of embryonic stem cell research on Facebook.
“Without it, I would have died when I was nine,” wrote Bissette, whose story has dominated French newspapers and television reports.
One pro-life activist responded on Facebook. “You could die tomorrow. I wouldn’t sacrifice my goldfish for you.” Another commented: “If you had died as a child, no-one would have given a damn.”
Bissette was shocked by the tone of the messages and made a video that was played repeatedly on national news.
“I love children and want several myself,” she said from a secret location in Paris.
“I have received messages saying that 10 embryonic cells are more important than my life. I don’t know what planet these people live on and who raised them,” she said, breaking into tears. “I am alive thanks to doctors and to research on embryonic stem cells.”
Uh … no, wait. Sorry about that. That’s not the story.
In reality it’s an Italian woman who was saved by medical research on laboratory mice and she’s getting abuse from animal rights activists. See Italian woman defies animal rights militants after online abuse.
If it had been my version of the story — with those evil, mean-spirited pro-life people — wouldn’t it be all over social media? Wouldn’t you have seen a thousand “keep it classy, pro-lifers” posts?
If you don’t see the double standard in the media today, and in social media, you have a really big blind spot.
-- 2013-12-29 » Greg Krehbiel