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More on stem cells....
More on stem cells....
I am still ticked about Bush's first veto of the stem cell funding bill. California and private foundations will fund this research, as will Europe and Asia, but what sense does this restriction make? While some fertilized eggs will be adopted, about twenty thousand will be discarded.
If stem cell research could cure spinal cord injuries or any other serious disease or condition, how immoral to not do so for some theoretical notion of the sanctity of life of the IVF embryo. Bush is a Luddite. The same type of notions are anti-technology and would reject allowing man to fly as God did not gives us wings. Antibiotics kill germs and save human lives which is against the natural order. IVF allows humans to give birth who would otherwise be infertile and against God's plan. The same Roman Catholic church that bans condoms for birth control imprisoned Galileo who correctly discovered moons orbited Jupiter and the universe and sun did not revolve around the Earth! Even some Repub abortion foes support stem cell research:
Stem-cell divisions transcend abortion fight
President George W. Bush may have cited his moral stance in vetoing a bill that would have expanded embryonic stem-cell research on Wednesday but the issue transcends traditional divisions over abortion rights.
Strongly conservative Republicans who oppose abortion such as Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch have backed broader federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research for years, and more conservatives have come on board recently, including Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.
The embryos at issue come from fertility clinics, where eggs and sperm are united in lab dishes. But many more are made than can ever be implanted in mothers' wombs, and the leftovers are discarded.
The bill vetoed by Bush would have allowed federal taxpayer money to be used to do research on those embryos donated by the parents. It is not illegal to use private funds to do so, although some conservatives, such as Kansas Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, would also seek to ban this research.
The stem cells are taken from a ball of cells known as a blastocyst, which develops five to seven days after conception. These embryonic stem cells are pluripotent -- meaning they can differentiate into all the types of cells that make up an animal, including a human being, but do not form placenta and cannot become a fetus.
Bush, an opponent of abortion, used his first veto as president to block the bill on Wednesday, saying destroying embryos for medical research "crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect."
Many people who disapprove of abortion say they do not disapprove of experimenting on these embryos, which would otherwise be discarded:
"It's very difficult to justify abandoning 7,000 to 20,000 in vitro eggs as medical waste," Hatch told reporters recently. "The president is simply wrong -- it is clear we can expand current policy in an ethical and moral manner that unleashes the potential of embryonic stem-cell research," Sarah Chamberlain Resnick, executive director of The Republican Main Street partnership, which styles itself as a centrist Republican movement.
Supporters of embryonic stem-cell research say they are the ones who can claim the moral high ground. "It is immoral for our families, neighbors and friends to be held hostage to chronic diseases when their treatments are within our scientific grasp," said June Walker, president of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America.
Other countries have struggled with the issue. Britain, Belgium, Sweden, Canada and New Zealand actively encourage stem-cell research. South Korea tried to move to the fore of embryonic stem-cell research, but faltered when its lead researcher admitted to fabricating data.
Austria, Lithuania and Poland have laws banning research into human embryonic stem-cell research. Germany and Italy have regulations that restrict research in this area.
Harry Moore of the Center for Stem Cell Biology at the University of Sheffield in Britain called Bush's stance inconsistent.
"Most embryos produced by a normally fertile women will fail before implantation and not go on to a pregnancy. To call it 'murder' to use embryos donated for research is just emotional blackmail," Moore said in a statement.