Embryonic Stem Cell Research

There is a lot of smoke around the Embryonic Stem Cell Research (ESCR) issue. Here are some facts that are downplayed or overlooked altogether.

  • President Bush didn’t ban ESCR completely. He just vetoed the use of Federal Funds for it (read: your tax dollars). If you want to donate your money for ESCR, go ahead! Just send the check to me and I’ll ensure it gets to the right place.
  • Therapeutic uses of adult stem cells have been found and are in use. See the list here.
  • Therapeutic uses of embryonic stem cells have not been proven and are not in use. Currently, at least, they tend to cause tumors.
  • Yes, Nancy Reagan is for ESCR, but until now who really cared what she thought? Ronald Reagan was the great president, not her. And he was staunchly pro-life!
  • These are human embryos. A human being dies when you kill them. Check out the Snowflake Kids that President Bush had at the press conference. They were from adopted embryos.
  • There are serious ramifications to in vitro fertilization. It is costly and often unsuccessful, for starters. Then there is the moral dilemma of what to do with the extra embryos.
  • Note that even pro-abortion “parents” of embryos are not cavalier about destroying them. They get the fact that these are human beings.
  • Embryonic Stem Cell Research is just the beginning. What many scientists will want next is cloning, because they’ll need identical or near-identical stem cells at some point. They don’t have the guts to say “cloning,” so you have to read carefully.
  • Yes, there are over 400,000 frozen embryos out there – but there are plans to use most of them. And the reasoning behind the “they may get thrown out later so let’s kill them now” view is suspect.
  • I’m not thrilled with President Bush’s positions on illegal immigration and a couple other areas, but he has done a fantastic job for the pro-life cause.

    One thought on “Embryonic Stem Cell Research”

    1. I love giving Bush a hard time on my blog but mostly do so because (1)its easy and (2)its all in fun. I elected the man and realize that he has manned the helm in one of the most difficult periods of History. Thanks for the education on Stem Cells. I am regretfully uninformed.


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