In reading one of the online news sites this last week, a headline caught my eye; “Court upholds federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.” I then flashed on an anonymous comment posted to a news site immediately after Barack Obama became President. At the time, it stopped me in my tracks.
The subject was President Obama’s lifting of the federal ban against funding for embryonic stem cell research. The comment was as follows. “It’s like we are emerging from the dark ages (Bush administration) into a new era of enlightenment. With increased funding, now we can really begin to research the benefits of stem cells and hopefully make significant strides in medicine. The only unfortunate outcome is that now we are going to have to listen to the crybaby right-to-lifers and how this destroys human embryos. Yes it does, but they will appreciate the outcome when these procedures save their lives.”
I found the comment dispiriting especially if it still represents a consensus opinion.
Again. A new era of enlightenment? Crybaby right-to-lifers? Yes, it destroys human embryos?
Using the resources of Priests For Life, I think it might be useful to quote some experts on this matter.
“To accept the fact that after fertilization has taken place a new human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or opinion . . . it is plain experimental evidence” (Dr. Jerome Lejeune, “Father of Modern Genetics” and discoverer of the cause of Down’s Syndrome. Testimony to Senate Subcommittee on Separation of Powers, April 23, 1981).