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This Medical Treatment Is Potentially Groundbreaking. So Why Isn’t It Available?

June 6, 2016

(New York Magazine) – In the future, transfusions of aborted fetal stem cells might help those suffering from debilitating illness. But at the moment, it’s illegal for doctors to perform stem-cell therapy in the United States — though that doesn’t mean Americans aren’t already crossing the Mexican border to do it. In a new documentary, The God Cells, director Eric Merola followed dozens of people who have conditions including Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy as they sought intravenous fetal-stem-cell treatment in Tijuana. These people don’t want to wait around to see when, or if, there’s enough research for the government to approve the treatment.

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