Eclectic Floridian: Pro-Life and Anti-Research

Friday, May 06, 2005

Pro-Life and Anti-Research

This morning, research results were released that a group from Univ. of Tennessee stated stem cells could be removed from adult female reporductive organs. The cells could then be stimulated to produce viable eggs. These eggs could be used to store reproductive capability for those women about to undergo chemotherapy.

Sounds innocent enough, right? Of course, the Anti-Abortion ... er sorry, Pro-Lifers went into over-drive. These same eggs could be used to produce embrionic stem cells simply by fertilizing them. Somehow, they see this as Anti-Life.

Mysteriously, by this afternoon when I started to write this piece, the story seems to have disappeared! No kidding, I can't find it anywhere!

Added Note: I just found this reference, on Google, by way of India/UK. Even this story is not nearly as complete as the one I read this morning (and cannot find now).

Please steer me to the story, if you can find it. If you can't please let me know that because:
  • If the Pro-Lifers have the power to make such a story invisible, we should worry.
  • If the Pro-Lifers are against producing protoplasm that was never intended to become a life, we should worry.
  • If the Pro-Lifers are against research, using that protoplasm, to heal our Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Spinal Column damaged, Liver & Kidney Transplant recipients, we should worry.
At some point, Pro-Life beliefs must allow for research to continue existing life. I refuse to believe that a glob of ... er ... snot is a life and should not be used for research to extend and repair existing life.

On Mothers Day, for those of you who have lost her, think of how much good science can do to prevent similar losses for future children. God created the physical laws that direct scientific study, the "Absolute Values" that some say proscribe it, ignore this.

The believers in Moral Absolutes will tell you that God gave us "Free Will" to decide these studies are wrong. The other side of that coin is that we were also given "Free Will" to DO the study. In addition, if it so happens there is no God, in the Theocratic sense, we have an obligation to study these things.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are two I found using the search engine

5/08/2005 11:53 AM  
Blogger CWhite said...

Thank you for your help!

I'm checking them ... er ... as soon as the road service guy comes to tow my car to the shop (Dammit). :-/

5/08/2005 4:07 PM  

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