No actual use for them

March 11, 2009 at 3:38 am 2 comments

So today Obama lifted a ban on Embryonic Stem Cell research that was previously in place under President Bush. He stated the following . . .

“In recent years, when it comes to stem cell research, rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values,” Obama said during the signing ceremony.  “In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering. I believe we have been given the capacity and will to pursue this research – and the humanity and conscience to do so responsibly.”

My quick question . . . How is this sound science when after nearly ten years of research, there are no approved treatments or human trials using embryonic stem cells. Science is a trial and error proposition. Life either is or isn’t. You can not play it both ways. Not to mention the promise of expanded funding. How many jobs is that going to create in today’s hurting marketplace? Not too many I think. In every argument for stem cells they say it can, it might, it may, perhaps, nothing gives a definitive. I have no problem with using cord blood harvested at birth, adult stem cells, or even if they happen to get stem cells from miscarried pregnancies – not from embryos created just for this purpose. There should be plenty of people willing to donate to help further this research.

I see this more as an opportunity to just take back anything and everything that Bush put into place as a matter of principle. Congressional Democrats are now gearing up to make it permanent and ensure that future presidents will be helpless to put research bans in place.

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  • 1. Shane Vander Hart  |  March 11, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Oh I had somebody comment on my blog as long as the promise is there it’s worth the funding. Oh brother. It is a waste of money. They are clamoring for federal funds because private funds are drying up… why? Because private donors don’t want to fund a loser.

    Adult stem cells, umbilical stem cells, skin cells that is where the promise is.

  • 2. fourstringfuror  |  March 11, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    It’s important to note that Obama’s executive order is lifts the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, not the research itself. By playing this as a science v politics game, he has essentially obligated us the taxpaying public to pay for this dead-end research.

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