Scientists have found that fetal cells stay with the mother for life, after giving birth, and act like stem cells, repairing parts of the body. Even abortions and miscarriages help, with the fetal cells stick around for years. And they suggest the more pregnancies, the more fetal cells, and the better for the mom. Also, they suspect these cells cured a woman of hepetitis.
On one level I see this as a good thing. On another level, I wonder what sorts of socio-political and religious debates this will cause, with people thinking of pregancy as a cure or vaccine for various ills.
The religous right encouraging abandoning the condom for the "health benifits"? The left saying it's not only okay, but good to get pregnant and have an abortion?
If this research pans out, any thoughts or predictions on the social impact?