Skip to comments.The Third Act In Obama’s Culture of Death, Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Posted on 02/20/2009 2:20:24 AM PST by markomalley
February 19, 2009 - President Obama has swiftly reversed the policies of the Bush administration to protect early human life, and there is no reason to think he will stop there.
First, he has reversed the "Mexico City Protocol", which means your tax dollars will not only fund abortions overseas but will allow powerful NGO's to bully Catholic and Islamic governments to legalize abortion and abortifactant contraception.
Second, he has stopped the HHS regulations that require clinics and other health care facilities to document that they are protecting the job rights of those working there who refuse to cooperate with abortion.
This may or may not have any effect, since laws doing this date back thirty years, but with the pro abortion folks promoting the "Freedom of Choice" act, one suspects that these older laws and regulations will be eliminated under the law in the near future.
But the final issue is the overturning the Bush era ban on federal funding of embyronic stem cell research, which the secular press reports may be coming any day.
I've seen several newspaper articles asking why President Obama hasn't yet won't reversed the "anti science" regulations of the Bush administration that prevent your tax dollars from being used for "stem cell research".
Let's just stop here for a few definitions.
Nobody really opposes stem cell research.The objection is to the killing of embryos to obtain "embryonic stem cells".
For Catholics and other religions, this is murder, but many secular ethical traditions also have objections to the killing of life, even a small early human life, to save life.
But ordinary stem cells? No problem. Docs have been using stem cells for years to treat diseases, and nearly every day another "breakthough" is reported. To illustrate the point, just last week there were three major treatment success reported with adult stem cell for treatment of MS, heart repair, and stroke.
Moreover there has been and continues to be safety concern, as highighted again this week when it was reported that a boy who had fetal stem cells injected into his brain to try to stop a fatal illness later developed dangerous tumors.
The second advantage of adult stem cells is that they can be obtained in large amounts, whereas each embryo only results in a small number of stem cells, which then have to be tissue cultured to grow more.
Why is this important? Well, it has to do with cells becoming "old". Older cells (that is, cells that have divided so many times) tend to mutate or even become cancerous. But if you start with a lot of stem cells, the individual cells don't have to divide so much to get enough to use.
But why insist on using the embryonic cells at all?
pro-life/moral absolutes pings
Here’s some “research” on Embryonic Stem Cells:
They have NEVER produced lasting results!
They will NEVER produce lasting results!
Here is the proof:
Nobody is willing to provide PRIVATE FUNDING!
Adult Stem Cell research has PLENTY OF PRIVATE FUNDING BECAUSE IT PRODUCES LASTING RESULTS!
It’s not about whether it works or not. It’s about establishing a psychological crutch to those who seek abortions.
Of course it’s about pretending a “benefit” from killing babies!
But liberal’s get really pi$$ed off when you don’t have to use abortion or religion to completely undermine support for ESC research.
They start assigning motives to you and you can simply dismiss them.
There is no medical, scientific, or financial benefit to ESC research and if you stay on that message, they have no arguement.
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