Jun 15, '07
One of the best arguments for federal funding as it would bring the research under the purview of ethics review panels....
Last edit by HM2VikingRN on Jun 18, '07
Jun 15, '07
By Mitt Romney:
"... On Thursday, the Congress passed a bill that would for the first time use taxpayer dollars to encourage the destruction of embryos for research. Just as it is becoming increasingly clear that scientific ingenuity could offer a way around the divisive controversies of the stem-cell debate, congressional Democrats are working to stoke those very controversies. They have opted to exacerbate what they see as a political debate that works in their favor, rather than encourage a scientific solution that would work in America’s favor."
"Support for ethical biomedical research should be part of our collective identity as a noble society. Instead of turning the quest for cures into a partisan battle, Congress should embrace the exciting emerging lines of research that could meet the goals of all sides in the stem-cell debate. A bill to support just such a positive approach to stem cell research passed the Senate in April by a whopping margin of 70 to 28. But the House Democratic leadership, choosing politics over the prospect of consensus on science, appears to be unwilling even to allow a vote on that hopeful legislation."
Even in an article in favor of using ESC, Ellen Goodman acknowledges the honest truth of why ESC are REALLY important:
"The stem-cell debate has been embedded in abortion politics from the get-go, locked into an argument over the moral status of an embryo. Even as science progresses, the politics stay stuck."
This isn't a science debate, and hasn't been one in awhile. It's merely an attempt to legitimize a status for embryos that supports the pro-abortion debate. ESC is a perfect political tool, however, it is such an unwieldy scientific tool, that scientists are working overtime to develop a means to bypass the negative SCIENTIFIC consequences of ESC (host rejection and cancerous type runaway growths). THESE problems doom ESCR.
That won't make the debate go away. As long as some believe that this is a wedge issue to legitimize abortion, ESC will have a place at the political table, long after its place at the scientific table is well, tabled.
Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Jun 15, '07