The Stem Cell Debate
July 5th 2005
Courtesy of the
National Institutes of Health
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As a nation, we thrive on
improvement. Americans simply eat up the latest gadgets, cures and
intelligence that are made available every day. It would be quite
difficult to argue that this everlasting progress that has been made
since the beginning of time and will continue until the end is a bad
However, a popular contender against logic, George W. Bush, would
like to try his hand at it. Just recently, Bush made it quite
clear that he would veto a bill lifting his ban on stem cell
research if the novel idea were to ever reach his desk. According to
Bush, "The use of federal dollars to destroy life is something I
simply do not support” (The Associated Press).
What Bush fails to recognize is that stem cell research, if properly
funded and executed, could save millions of lives versus “destroy”
them. Stem cell research is expected to cure Diabetes, Parkinson’s,
forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, among others.
Over 30 million Americans alone
suffer from these diseases. Although President Bush remains firm in
demanding that the sanctity of life be protected, he is ignoring the
fact that millions of lives are being treated inadequately when they
could be benefiting from this research.
I’m aware that the president has ruled this because of his
personal, ethical stance regarding abortion. However, until Bush’s moral
crusade decides to take over even more than it has, abortion is legal and
To add to his war with logic, Bush has ruled out stem cell research while
abortion is legal. According to his set of ethics, why wouldn’t the
president decide to bring some good out of this practice?
Current research projects have obtained stem cells from tissue which has
been removed during terminated pregnancies or from embryos produced by
in-vitro fertilization clinics. Once isolated, the cells can be grown up in
the laboratory and stored for future use. Millions of abortions will
happen, and while they do, embryos will be aborted and destructed instead of
used to find cures in diseases that are killing millions of people. As good
sense would determine, instead of losing lives to abortion and disease, the
number could be lessened considerably by the use of stem cell research.
If you don’t agree with abortion, don’t have one. If you don’t agree with
stem cell research, don’t fund it. However, until you are able to come up
with a better idea to possibly save the lives of over 30 million Americans,
keep your war of ethics to yourself.
Molly is a freelance writer