Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Stemming From Ignorance?

Posted by codemorse

From the Denver Post:

President Bush will likely cast the first veto of his presidency if the Senate, as expected, passes legislation to expand federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research, White House aide Karl Rove said today....

"We were all an embryo at one point, and we ought to as a society be very careful about being callous about the wanton destruction of embryos, of life," Rove said. Recent research, he said, shows that researchers "have far more promise from adult stem cells than from embryonic stem cells."

....Castle and DeGette have requested a meeting with Bush to present their case. "I still hold out hope that the president would give us that courtesy for a meeting," she said.

Jesus. He won't even meet with them. This line of research has enormous R&D potential. It has the potential to save significant numbers of lives. And the President will not even meet these folks.

Oh, how Karl Rove loves to lie. According to Rove, recent research shows more promise from adult stem cells than from embryonic stem cells. Really, Karl?

The NIH (that's the National Institute of Health) seems to disagree with you:

Human embryonic stem cells are thought to have much greater developmental potential than adult stem cells. This means that embryonic stem cells may be pluripotent—that is, able to give rise to cells found in all tissues of the embryo except for germ cells rather than being merely multipotent—restricted to specific subpopulations of cell types, as adult stem cells are thought to be.

And all that talk about how we shouldn't "destroy" human life for research? The talk that makes it seem as though scientists are secretly harvesting live babies?

Normally, blastocyst-stage embryos that are left over after successful in vitro fertilization would not be used but be destroyed.
As in, naturally destroyed. As in, these cells are useless once fertilization has occured. So, what Rove appears to be saying is that cast-off human cells without potential for their own life are more important to him - and to Bush, and to the rest of their supporters - than the life of that Uncle you've got with Parkinson's disease.

The opposition to stem cell research appears based around the theologically-grounded and shakily-defensible notion that even though the cells used for research would be destroyed anyway, that we're somehow interfering with the sacred process of creation against God's will.

That's ridiculous. It seems equivalent to saying that every time you masturbate you kill a child.


At 12:47 PM, Anonymous portia said...

Sounds to me as though Bush et. al might want to pay a visit to the Pope, then, if we're really worried about embroynic death: http://www.physorg.com/news67783446.html.


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