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Monday, January 08, 2007

The Stem Cell Debate heats up a little bit

Because of this news.

Scientists say they have discovered a new source of stem cells that could one day repair damaged human organs. The Harvard University team say they have recovered functioning stem cells from amniotic fluid - the liquid that surrounds the baby in the womb. ...

The Harvard scientists say the stem cells they found in amniotic fluid seem to have many of the qualities of embryonic stem cells. The scientists, from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, were writing in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

They say they have managed to turn the stem cells into functioning muscle, fat, blood vessel, nerve and liver cells. In tests, these newly made cells seemed to restore some function in brain-damaged mice.

So, to recap, that now makes TWO ways of obtaining viable stem cells without causing the death of a human embryo. But how much do you want to bet that you won't hear this trumpeted as a way to cure a myriad of diseases? Because, you see, to the Left it's no longer about what they can cure. It's about pushing their agenda. Bush opposes Embryonic Stem Cell research? That means that they push for it. Bush opposes killing human embryos? That means they'll push for it.

There are ways to get stem cells that do not involve ending a human life. But I don't think the Left really cares about that. I honestly believe that this is just another front in the battle to delegitimize an embryo as human life. For years we've had proponents of abortion trying to tell us that an embryo is just a "tablespoon of cells", and nothing more. They're still pushing that line. That doesn't explain the supporters of partial-birth abortion, where a perfectly healthy, viable baby is killed, cut into pieces, and sucked out of their mother's womb with a medical vacuum cleaner. With the pro-abortion fanatics, it's all or nothing, and this is just another way for them to make killing a human baby easier.

We're not dealing with rational people here. And I don't think all the evidence in the world is going to change the Left's mind. In fact, I know it won't. There's a reason the Left still supports Socialism and Communism, despite over a century of proven failure of both those ideologies.

Let me be clear - I support any and all stem cell research that does not end a human life. And an embryo is human life, plain and simple. A fetus is human life. Just because you can easily kill it does not make it any less a human life. THAT is why I am opposed to embryonic stem cell research. But it looks like we have more options than just that, thank goodness.

Found via Captain's Quarters.

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