In 2001 President Bush limited the use of stem cells for the purpose of research for cures for many diseases affecting Americans, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes, among others. The Senate recently passed a bill overriding this limitation. The House has yet to vote on this, and Sen. Rick Santorum, who said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist may lose support from the Republican base, probably does not know what pro-life means.
Being pro-life means you are in support of saving lives. According to this Yahoo! News article, embryonic stem cells that would be used for stem-cell research would otherwise be thrown away. That would cause nearly 400,000 embryos to be destroyed, because the current plan calls for them to be thrown in the garbage.
I am a Republican, but many Republicans, including Sen. Santorum and President Bush, are wrong on this issue, because over 400,000 embryos will be killed, or destroyed, and no positive use whatsoever will come from them at all, unless they are used for stem-cell research.
Is abortion actually murder? It is to some, but while those same people preach that it is, they also preach that destroying embryos is murder. If it is, then I wonder why the same people favor embryonic stem-cells being destroyed for the sake of stopping stem-cell research. Pat Robertson, I give quite a bit to your organization each year, so please explain this to me. Explain to me why destroying embryonic stem cells is better than using them to save human life.
Unfortunately in our nation, from time to time, people become so deeply involved and immersed in their political ideology that they fail to see the benefits of using science for saving human lives, and instead prefer to destroy it in the embryonic stem-cell stage, for the sake of political victory.
There is, after all, nothing else for the naysayers of stem-cell research to gain than votes, or secured support from a voting block that contradicts one position with another. For the proponents, it means a longer and healthier life, perhaps not for us, but for those we’ve met throughout our lives who could also benefit from the cures created by stem-cell research.
President Bush, you will have a very big decision to make when this bill hits your desk. You can choose to veto human lives, approving throwing away 400,000 embryonic stem cells that could create or save human lives, or you can allow for research to occur that will enable future cures to be conceived that will both prolong and save human lives by the means of stem-cell research.