We all know that testing on animals doesn’t necessarily correlate to similar effects with humans, so there are times when testing on humans would be far more beneficial. I totally support such testing on humans, IF AND ONLY IF there is willing consent from the person, as well as reasonable disclosure of the possible side effects for the particular test.
But what about orphans and mentally handicapped children? Well we are in luck! This article lists the EPAs proposed exceptions for chemical testing, which include:
1. Children who “cannot be reasonably consulted,” such as those that are mentally handicapped or orphaned newborns, may be tested on. With permission from the institution or guardian in charge of the individual, the child may be exposed to chemicals for the sake of research.
2. Parental consent forms are not necessary for testing on children who have been neglected or abused.
3. Chemical studies on any children outside of the U.S. are acceptable.
Ahh great. So if social services determines that your kids are neglected or abused, they can legally be taken and tested on. The “outside of the U.S.” is particularly cryptic, as I imagine we could take some Iraqi children with that one. Though, I’m sure they will be taken care of really well, at least until everyone stops paying attention. After all, they’d still be lab rats eh?