Monday, March 16, 2009

Embryonic Surplus Crumbs Research

I came across this reader's comment from a blog I frequent:

"Finally, after almost a decade of limiting taxpayer money for research,
president Barrack Obama has lifted the restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research today. Let's think of how many Americans are suffering from ailments and what this research can do for them. I'm sure everyone reading this knows someone important to them that is affected by one of these maladies such as Parkinson's, repairing spinal cord injuries as well as treating diabetes, cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and many more defects."

How very noble, no? Throw in the usual emo story of Christopher Reeves,
and they've got a case that wants you to believe that those who oppose ESCR are irrational, unthinking, heartless people. Obama has said: "we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology".

Let's see. An embryo is a human being in its early stage of development. Scientific fact or ideology? Some people will say however that ESCR is going to be done on excess, "throw-away" embryos. Hmm, just like crumbs?? Red Cardigan puts it succinctly: there is no such thing as "leftover people".

1 comment:

Roms said...

Absolutely no leftover soul. I was once in the line of Obama's thinking and of those who perpetuate the idea of a mere biological man. But things changed. Yes, they can play with the flesh, but what about the spirit that comes wit it. Although the existence of a spirit is questionable to these "intellectuals" the law always favor "the benefit of the doubt" and a man is "innocent until proven guilty." Science still has no concrete proof on the non existence of spirit. Therefore, let us give the benefit of the doubt to the embryo.