Embryonic stem cells and the culture of death
Posted by madcap on February 15, 2008
This is a must read article that I found.
The State of Human Life ByChristian Post Guest ColumnistSun, Feb. 03 2008 12:48 PM ET
With his recent encouragement to Congress to ban human cloning, President Bush is sure to come under the fire of the scientific research community and a media that wants nothing to stand in the way of the progress of science towards “future cures.” The development of stem cells derived from adult skin cells in late-2007 provided hope for the pro-life argument in the field of bioethics. Human lives may yet be saved despite the rampant disregard shown by much of the American public.
As President Bush explained in his State of the Union address, scientists recently “discovered a way to reprogram adult skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells.” This development holds the promise of new, ethical research and may eliminate the “need” for research that destroys embryos, produces clones, or harvests women’s eggs. These adult stem cells provide hope for human life in a culture that seems willing to destroy its young to heal its old.
This willingness to destroy life began when scientists clamored for funding and attention as they explored the potential of embryonic stem cells. The media and many politicians were only too happy to oblige, trumpeting the “promises” of embryonic stem cells long before anything was actually tested. Moreover, any resistance to the idea of leaping into embryonic stem cell research was immediately labeled “ramblings of the religious right” and promptly dismissed.Full article…