Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Federal Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is Bad Policy

This Obama moves fast. His decision to lift restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is pure liberal policy-pushing at the federal level.

The federal government should have no roll in funding stem cell research -- embryonic or adult. We have so much excess money that it makes perfect sense to throw taxpayer money at embryonic stem cell research. Right. If embryonic stem cell research is so promising, why does the government need to get involved?

It appears that there was limited interests by the private sector to make the investment, but now with the federal government subsiding it, the researchers have their hands out, hoping to get some free money. It was not a good investment for the free market but is for the federal government?

The great hypocrite that is our president states that this "promoting science." That it is "about letting scientists … do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion … It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda -- and that we would make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology." Obama is nothing but an ideologue.

There are three main sources for obtaining stem cells - adult cells, cord cells, and embryonic cells. Little controversy exists on the first two; the issue is with embryonic stem cells.

A human embryo contains human life and no one can insure we will find the treatments and cures that our sought. Pro-abortion people have no problem with this; pro-lifers (like me) do. There is hope that the research could lead to cures...could, may, might lead us closer to cure for various diseases.

The pros include comments like "if someone is going to have an abortion, isn’t it better that we use it for something useful?" When this is a starting point, it is almost useless trying present an opposing opinion.

In a society that considers abortion normal and a perfectly acceptable form of birth control, sadly, this stem cell debates seems trivial.

1 comment:

harkleroad.net said...

Actually Jeff, the "something useful" argument kind of opens the door to debating the issue in my opinion.

If it's not "viable tissue" then how can it be used for research. However if it is viable then maybe it should be carried to full viability.