Archives For Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Or, 50 Ways To Kill Your Baby – The Sequel. The following screenshot from this morning deserves a comment or two. It’s a very important issue.

Embryonic stem cell headlines

I decided to read a few of these links, and others, to see how this news was reported. My comments are in red.

From CNN – “The field of embryonic stem cell research has been highly controversial, because in most cases, the research process involves destroying the embryo, typically four or five days old, after removing stem cells. These cells are blank and can become any cell in the body. Because of the destruction of embryos, most opponents believe this is a moral issue. Supporters of the research point to the potential for saving lives.” [Seems reasonable. We can save lives and the destroyed embryos are only four or five days old. How can this be a moral issue? Just a microscopic mini-hunk of tissue at risk. Right? Maybe not.]

From NBC – “Embryonic stem cells have been the focus of fierce debate since the mid-1990s. Many scientists see them as a watershed in the treatment of serious ailments because they have the potential to grow into any of the body’s cell types, promising the eventual generation of replacement nerve lines and vital organs, including the brain and the heart.

“But anti-abortion activists vigorously oppose the research because the cells come from human embryos and days-old human fetuses, which they contend [my emphasis] are fully human. Many of them want to limit research to stem cells derived from adult tissue, which most researchers contend have less potential to transform into other types of cells.” [Contending that these cells are fully human is a bold statement from the anti-abortion activists. And contending that adult stem cells have less potential? I would have expected the reporter to dig into these two points a bit. If we get this wrong, aren’t we talking about the murder of humans?––not potential humans but humans with potential.]

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50 Ways To Kill Your Baby

August 31, 2012 — 7 Comments

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.

stemcellThe 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).

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