The Stem Cell Dilemma

by Dody Gibson

In a recent surprise move, Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist, himself a surgeon from Tennessee, announced that he now supports a bill to expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell legislation. Senator Frist claims to be pro-life but that is in direct conflict with his above ‘turn-about’ policy statement.

Life begins with a tiny cell smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. Information that it contains would fill volumes. This microscoptic-fertilized egg has all the coded messages and building blocks necessary to produce a unique human being. Perhaps this amazing journey to birth is as close to a miracle as we get in this present age.

It is these tiny cells that are being courted for use in research which science reasons will bring a break-through cure of many diseases. The dilemma is, that the embryos must be destroyed in the process when the stem cells are removed.

Stem cells come from in-vitro fertilization clinics where couples can go for help. Doctors will create multiple embryos and place them in cold storage. Not all of these are used and this results in thousands that are at times discarded. Science says that if you throw them in the trashcan, we might as well use them to find a cure. This is a wrong premise. It is criminal to throw them away. It is criminal not to use them for the purpose God intended. It is another example where science has tried to side-step nature and created more problems than before.

Stem cells do many marvelous things for our physical bodies. They rebuild and repair damaged organs and muscle tissue. They help with spinal cord injuries, heart disease, diabetics, dementia and Alzheimer's. But these are not embryonic cells. They are adult stem cells, obtained without harming anyone.

There is so much wishful thinking fed into the media about embryonic cell research that is speculation. At this present time and 20 years of work, not one person has yet benefited one single time. Further more, these cells are genetically unstable and can form lethal tumors.

So then, what is the value of continuing research? The sacrifice of so many lives that will never be born and have their chance to contribute to our culture is too costly. Once congress gives the okay to proceed, it is a slippery slope down to creating and harvesting people just to destroy them in research based on the maybes, ifs and lofty goals of a few laboratory scientists.
Millstadt, IL 62260

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Factual information was taken from articles "Stem Cell Research," July 6, 2004 Belleville News-Democrat, c1,5. "They Tell Me I May Hold The Cure For Parkinson's," Oct. 27, 2004 Belleville News-Democrat, c12.