It seems like ever since the FDA approved Geron’s clinical trial that will use human embryonic stem cells, the right-wing has been up in arms about the issue, meaning that arguments against the use of human ES cells for research and therapeutics are resurfacing. Bob writes in the Dakota Voice, which is um… an pro-life blog, where he sets up premises for his argument against human ES research.
Here’s what he writes: “The fact that Obama has not yet done so is a matter of consternation for those eager to destroy innocent human life in the hopes that stem cells derived from them might, maybe, someday cure various diseases in other humans… Embryonic stem cell (ESC) research involves the harvesting of stem cells from human embryos. In the process, the human embryo is destroyed…” and so on.
He goes on to use the Nazi’s treatments of Jews as an analogy to what scientist are allegedly doing to human embryos, which of course I don’t think is a sound analogy.
The one thing that I agree with those who oppose human ES research on moral grounds is the creation of human embryos just for the sake of research. I think it’s wrong to put together a sperm and egg with the intention to destroy it shortly after the egg’s been fertilized, especially if that fertilized egg can develop into a person. But, if the original fate of the fertilized egg is destruction anyway, is it wrong to make charitable use out of it?
Any scientist and policy-maker in their right mind won’t allow the creation of embryos for their destruction. That’s why there are strict guideline when human ES research is allowed–you can only use embryos that are gonna be thrown away from IVF clinics. If people like Bob want to hold on to their arguments, they should be pointing their fingers at IVF clinics or the couples that are unsuccessful at fertilization.
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