THE BULL AND THE BIZARRE
Crossing the Stem Cell Line
But is it a good line or a bad line to cross?
by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore
May 29, 2005
Two bills went through the House of Representatives this week on the issue of stem cell research. One bill received overwhelming support; the other passed but is not veto proof. One of the bills that passed (HR810) would allow the use of human embryonic stem cell research under certain strict conditions. The bill, that had acquired 202 co-sponsors, had three conditions. According to the Congressional web site:
Now those of you who read this column on a regular basis know how much I love the rhetoric that is spewed by legislators and groups tending to influence matters. Here was a copy of an email that I received from a right of center group claiming strong religious beliefs.
Extra babies? These folks make it sound like the kiddos are lined up in a nursery freezer. It's not a baby! It is a sperm and an egg that could become a child if the circumstances were right including implantation. These frozen fertilized eggs are not produced for possible future use of just anyone, especially a mad scientist. They are to be used by the donors for implantation and the hope of one of the many fertilized eggs will develop into an embryo. Many eggs need to be fertilized in order to provide the best chance for one of the eggs to actually "take".
Tearing apart babies? This procedure is not a "partial birth abortion". And it is more than allegedly finding a cure. Oh, yeah. For those parents that would spend upward to $20,000 for a shot at having a child through IVF (in vitro fertilization), I'm sure their first thought is producing spare parts. An IVF clinic is not a NAPA parts store. It is not the desire of most desperate parents to be involved in cloning. They want a baby. As one of those parents-to-be, I know what goes through their mind. My wife and I were there 25 years ago.
"Ongoing destruction of emerging human life"? Mr. President, please! The fertilized egg in its' current state is not emerging anywhere in the freezer.
Let's blame it on the Democrats! Of course the saintly GOP wouldn't suggest such a barbaric procedure. Wait a minute; wasn't it a Republican that introduced the bill? Must have been another liberal RINO, Republican in Name Only.
Actually, I will give the president credit for one thing. He did say that this procedure would be "crossing the line". Yes, it would. It could be the most pro-life thing to emerge in years. After all, being pro-life shouldn't stop at birth. Using these eggs could provide the answers to many diseases that we deal with daily. I would rather have use of these eggs for a positive pro-life cause than to allow the critters to get freezer burn. Personally, I think the legislation voted on and passed is more of a pro-life alternative than anything that is currently being tossed about.
Giving credit where credit is due, adult stem cells have been used with some success in this area. We are told the reason to reject embryonic cells is that "no one has any idea what can or cannot be done with embryonic stem cells". After seven years of solid research, scientists do have an idea of what can be done.
The final accusation would be laughable if so many people didn't buy into it:
Did I miss the Supreme Court ruling that said that the pre-born were non-humans? That is not what Roe v. Wade said. Nazi experimentation had nothing to do with improving quality of life issues for all people. It was all about the government saying do anything you want because we have an unlimited supply of "less than human" subjects.
In a perfect world, we wouldn't even know about IVF and would have no need to research stem cells. This is far from a perfect world. For a couple to donate any unused fertilized eggs, with the possibility of finding a cure for destructive diseases sounds like making the best of an unfortunate situation. This is not experimenting with life and destroying babies. This is saving lives and allowing babies to grow up in a world that has been freed of medical issues that can destroy lives and families.
About the Author:
Mr. Moo knows this column will upset many. But he is equally convinced that the logic of some folk is udderly ridiculous.
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