Stem-Cell Breakthrough

THE GOOD NEWS IS, IT DOESN’T REQUIRE EMBRYONIC STEM-CELLS 

Thursday, October 16, 2008   at   1:53 PM, CMC 

 

The journal Nature, in its current issue, is reporting on another breakthrough, this one from Germany, indicating that stem cells taken from living, breathing human beings are effective in growing replacement tissues. This particular study highlights the utility of testicular cells, which would be most effective in men. Still, the study’s author notes that the best news about the study “is that there is no ethical problem with these cells and that they are natural.”

Stem cells are best thought of as re-programmable building blocks of the body; they can be coaxed into becoming one of many different types of cells. This field of scientific research has enormous potential for treating diabetes, Parkinson’s and other chronic conditions. Whether or not you believe the government should finance this type of research, you’ll find very little disagreement among serious people that it should be encouraged. Just about the only type of stem-cell research that hasn’t proven fruitful, in fact, is the type liberals and the death industry seem most gung-ho about: human embryonic stem-cell research, which requires the morally impermissible destruction of nascent human life.

Stem-cell research has never been a difficult issue from a moral and ethical standpoint. If the killing of a five-month-old person in its mother’s womb is wrong – and it is – then so is the killing of a five-day-old person in a laboratory. Unfortunately, misguided minds in Congress have succeeded in bringing the battle to their turf. Pro-life activists who protest increased federal funding of human embryonic stem-cell research aren’t just wrong, they’re “anti-science.” The charge has always been laughable, and now technology has caught up with the pro-life position. There is no longer any credible reason to destroy embryos in the name of science, so why would we?

One way or the other, in January 2009 we’ll have a new president whose voting record doesn’t reflect the commitment to ethical science which George W. Bush has consistently displayed. Our prayer is that by the time the death industry has a chance to push for increased funding next year, the evidence that it isn’t needed will be overwhelming.

–Center for Moral Clarity

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