Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Thank you President Obama!

This is the precipice of President Obama repealing President Bush's eight year ban on Federal Funding for embryonic stem cell research.

The argument used by those who opposed this scientific research was that each egg was a  potential life. Although I can't remember once anybody actually raising the point that these embryos would actually become lives.

"Some ask, why not avoid this controversy and just use adult stem cells? Stem cells have been found in several tissues of adults. While adult stem cells have been used in scientific inquiry, what makes embryonic stem cells such a promising area for medical research is that these cells are more plastic, i.e. it is easier to encourage them to become other cell types. In addition, there is concern that adult stem cells may not reproduce as accurately as embryonic stem cells, as the adult stem cells may lose genetic information after multiple cell divisions." http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/susan_brooks_thistlethwaite/2009/03/the_moral_imperative_to_reliev.html

So what was the point of stating this argument as a moral issue?  Isn't it of greater moral value to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease then to discard these cells?  If using these cells for the purposes of curing a disease like Parkinson's is immoral,  shouldn't creating these cells, that will only ultimately be discarded also be immoral?   Yet thankfully, nobody is claiming that invitrofertilization is immoral.  Yet the process of invitrofertilization, left these eggs with nowhere to go, but the trash.

I have no doubt that President Bush's decision was based upon his morals.   Thankfully a more moral person is now in the White House.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 7th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)

RE: All of those who think that they had dinner with God .... are ruining my portabella omelette.

If these same diners (or families of) were struck down with an illness that might be helped by embryonic stem cell research, we'd see how fast they would leave the table.....or then again, would they?

Don't you feel vindicated after eight years.


During the campaign, Obama said, that he strongly supported expanding research on stem cells. That the restrictions Bush placed on funding of human embryonic stem cell research handcuffed scientists and that he would lift Bush's ban and ensure that all research on stem cells are conducted ethically and with rigorous oversight.

It's about time. We finally have a person that has the correct Moral standing and backbone to keep his word. AMEN
Mar. 7th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
"I have no doubt that President Bush's decision was based upon his morals. Thankfully a more moral person is now in the White House."

( 2 comments — Leave a comment )



Latest Month

January 2019


Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Tiffany Chow