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Monday, March 09, 2009

Stem Cell Research Ban Lifted

I think that we can get past the argument that embryonic stem cells are no different than skin cells that die by the billions every single day. The only difference is that stem cells from and embryo have been donated and can actually have the potential to become a cure or a path to a cure for many horrible diseases. Skin cells just fill up your mattress and add twenty or more pounds to the weight of it over 15 or more years. That is a gross fact but it is what it is.

President Obama lifted the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research as promised which is very different from private funding and research. People in opposition to this ban being lifted will tell you that it is the sanctity of life but it really isn’t when you think about it. An embryo can not survive outside the body of the potential mother without intervention from medical science. Once they are donated for any purpose the potential source of life degrades over time and millions are destroyed past the milk carton expiration date so to speak.

Former President Reagan died from complications from Alzheimer’s disease and it doesn’t surprise me that his courageous wife is thankful for President Obama’s action today in lifting the stem cell ban enacted under holier than thou George W. Bush. Nancy Reagan is one of the best spokespeople for research in any capacity when it comes to any form of stem cell research. She has seen first hand what this research could have the potential to cure.

Nancy Reagan praises Obama
By CRAIG GORDON 3/9/09 12:17 PM EDT Updated: 3/9/09 5:19 PM EDT

Under fire from congressional Republicans for lifting restrictions on stem cell research, President Barack Obama got a powerful endorsement for his move Monday from Nancy Reagan, the former president’s wife.

“I’m very grateful that President Obama has lifted the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research,” she wrote in a statement released shortly after Obama reversed the Bush administration limits. “These new rules will now make it possible for scientists to move forward. I urge researchers to make use of the opportunities that are available to them and to do all they can to fulfill the promise that stem cell research offers."
- Politico

I lost my mother to heart disease when she was just 61 years old, my father died of Alzheimer’s disease when he was 73. Both of these people that I loved very much could have had a few more years with us if a solution or cure for heart disease and dementia based disorders could be found. What about the kids that are dying all the time from every debilitating disease that takes them to young from loving parents? What potential could those children have had in our worlds future? That is a question nobody can answer.

Science and the advancement of mankind is judged on success and failure and it should always be that way. We can look into the possibilities of embryonic stem cell research and see if it does have the potential to save lives and base continued research on the results of said science. If it fails, then it fails. There is a reason why we have an electric power system based on Edison’s inventions rather than that of Tesla. One was successful and the other failed. All stem cell research needs the chance to be proven right or wrong and let the result be the end of the discussion. We have separation of church and state built into our form of government but now we need a distinct separation of church and science when it comes to medical research that can prolong the life of the worlds citizens.

Thank you former First Lady Nancy Reagan for your strong support of stem cell research.


Thank you Memeorandum for the tip...

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Blogger Voicedup said...

Finally, after almost a decade of limiting taxpayer money for research president Barrack Obama has lifted the restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research today. Let's think of how many Americans are suffering from ailments and what this research can do for them. I'm sure everyone reading this knows someone important to them that is affected by one of these maladies.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I can't argue with that thought process Voicedup! Welcome to Papamoka's world.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Frodo, minding the government's business said...

The Internal Revenue Code specifies that a "tax exemption" is granted to one who is "born." The IRS interprets that to mean, "the drawing of a single breath."
The "birth" of a child within the confines of the United States grants citizenship.
Frodo is not familiar with any embryo identified as either a "tax exemption" or as a "citizen." The act of birth, and the drawing of a single breath comprise the law of our land, by statute.

3:41 PM  
Blogger DB said...

This was a win for science. Thankfully we have someone who sees reason in the White House!

Plus, conservatives are split on this now. The RNC website never posted an article about this (well, according to an article I read lol). Their base is pissed, but it doesn't seem like it extends too far beyond that.

12:00 AM  

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