Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Stem Cell Research


Alright, to prove that I am issue-focused and am not just blindly anti-Obama, this post is about a controversial subject that I agree with the Left on: Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Obama reversed Bush's ban on allowing federal scientific research dollars to go towards embryonic stem cell research. Most of the cells used in this type of research would have otherwise been destroyed anyway and using these types of cells could lead to cures for diabetes, spinal cord injuries, and Alzheimer's. I'm sure we all know someone who has been affected by one of those. I believe that utilizing embryos destined to be destroyed for the purposes of looking for cures for debilitating diseases that plague our society is well worth the cost. With that being said it is also important that we as a country are always careful to weigh the ethical and moral implications of our decisions. Life is our most valuable possession and we must act accordingly.

10 comments:

  1. I was also glad to see that reversed.

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  2. I hope we get to clone people soon! That way I can have a Sarah at home doing the house work! "Do the dishes, Woman!" So far Griffin is no help in this area and I will soon be returning him to the tree where he was found.

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  3. I could not agree more. Correct me if I am wrong, but the Bush policy was not a total ban on stem-cell research, but rather a ban on the use of federal funding for stem cell research. Which proved to be just a crippling(pun intended) as a all out ban.

    I think that stem cell research should continue, so that we may cure the ills of those with spinal cord injuries and they may pummel the naysayers.

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  4. Trust me guys, God really wants us doing stem-cell research. He told me last night. And by "God" I mean "Casey" and by "us doing stem-cell research" I mean "to eat a double cheeseburger"

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  5. Keithy, that is what my posting said. You are correct, it wasn't a complete ban, but a ban on allowing federal funding to go towards it. But federal grants make up a large portion of scientific research that is done in this country.

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  6. I hope they find a cure for Keith's SARS...

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  7. I completely agree with the posting. I would also like to add that Stem Cell Research is something that I don’t mind the federal government putting money into. It seems to me that this has a much better chance of benefiting our society than spending money on researching a ship that can sail through the arctic.

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  8. Justin, can you clarify your position? So you are in support of stem cell research? Remember, this is no joke! Also, what's up with Casey? Is he afraid to post his own comments (coward)?

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  9. I think if we are going to seriously discuss this topic then we must first seriously discuss why this topic is controversial. Obama reversed Bush's decision to allow stem cell research. Why was there a ban in the first place though? Because an embryo would be destroyed in the removal of a stem cell. The destruction of an embryo represents the destruction of a "potential" life. This is disturbing to right wing Christians (Including Bush himself) and possibly to many people that are pro-life. I, however, disagree that the destruction of an embryo is the destruction of a life, or even a "potential" life. In order to produce a life, the embryo provides only half of what is necessary. The other component of course is a SINGLE male sperm.
    That said, it seems just as reasonable to describe the destruction of a sperm as the destruction of a "potential" life also. Therefore it seems to reason that an average male turns into a genocidal maniac, perhaps on a daily basis. According to this informative site:

    http://everything2.com/title/Number%2520of%2520Sperm%2520released%2520by%2520the%2520common%2520male%2520animal%2520per%2520ejaculation

    500 million sperm are release in a single male ejaculation. For some males, multiply that by 3 times daily and the numbers of "potential" lives destroyed is staggering. Topping the list of the most murderous of all animals is the pig with 45 BILLION sperm release in a single ejaculation. If that pig has a really good week the number would be in the trillions.
    In conclusion, this argument of the destruction of "potential" life seems as ludicrous as the ban itself.

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  10. I am against any research that is going to prolong life. Don't any of you remember the blog from last week about old people never retiring.

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