That Pesky Stem Cell Debate Seems to be Settled. Guess Who Won?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/27/2012

adult stem cellI’ve long been interested in the stem cell debate. I don’t know if it’s a fascination with the ability to recreate organs and cure diseases or simply my morbid curiosity over the staunch liberal support of the utterly failed embryonic stem cell research. Either way I have done my best to stay apprised of what is happening in this debate as it pertains to my desire to see life defended. After all, one thing is certain, embryonic stem cell research destroys viable human embryos, which is tantamount to murder.

What I never could figure out is why the government would choose to fund something that was a complete failure. Former president George W. Bush refused to force tax payers to fund embryonic stem cell research because it violates the religious and moral convictions of so many pro-life Americans. President Obama has had no such trouble and has funneled millions toward the research.

But why would our government continue to fund research that has helped zero patients. That’s right, not one person has ever been helped through the use of embryonic stem cells research. None! That might not be a big deal if it wasn’t for the fact that adult stem cell research has helped thousands of patients, with advancements being made daily that could potentially see the cure for diseases and restoration of deteriorated organs. The possibilities are endless. Funding a failure over research that is actually helping cure people is absurd.

So while partisan politics keeps liberals funding a failure it seems scientists are actually more interested in making breakthroughs and helping people. At least that is what I concluded from reading a recent article at LifeNews.com. LifeNews editor Steven Ertelt commented on a report released by the Charlotte Lozier Institute which analyzes funding for embryonic stem cell research. The article says:

“The new report analyzes the history and trajectory of funding for stem cell research by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and it reveals the scientific community now views morally unproblematic alternatives to embryonic stem cells as the best hope for progress toward effective treatments and therapies.”

Let’s read between the lines here. Basically what the report concludes is that scientists are sick and tired of following a dead end research that has yielded nothing in more than a decade and now want to join the “winning” side and work with adult stem cells. Now that’s what I call a major victory for life.

Charlotte Lozier Institute president Chuck Donovan said:

 “A decade ago researchers, media, and Hollywood alike dismissed moral and ethical concerns to hail stem cell research using, and destroying, human embryos, as the ‘only hope’ for developing efficacious therapies. But despite the millions of dollars spent on this research, cures brought about by embryonic stem cells have continued to prove elusive, while adult stem cell research applications have exploded. As the leading funder of stem cell research, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has made grant decisions that show where the industry sees promise.  In the past six years, where that promise lies has become increasingly clear: ethical adult stem cell research.”

Not only has the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine decided to move toward ethical forms of research, but a once touted bank for embryonic stem cells is preparing to close at the end of the year due to…lack of interest. A recent news report comments on the plight of the University of Massachusetts Stem Cell Bank:

“Originally, the bank was seen as a repository for embryonic stem cell lines that were being created but were not eligible for federal funding under Bush-era restrictions…Yet today, ‘the bank receives one to two requests a week.’ The most reasonable explanation for this unanticipated development would seem to be that scientists hoping to turn research into cures are losing interest in working with hESCs.”

Once again proponents of the culture of death find themselves in a minority growing smaller. As more Americans identify as pro-life and desire to see life defended, anything that destroys innocent human life is seen as unpalatable and undesirable.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

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