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Letters to the editor
The stem-cell debate
Soldiers give their lives in war to protect our society. Why not also think of embryonic stem cells as soldiers whose “lives” are given in another type of war to protect American society (“Bush vetoes stem-cell funding,” Nation, yesterday)?
“Lives?” These cells have no human lives and never will. An embryonic stem cell is not even a fetus. It is a cluster of about 150 cells the size of a period at the end of this sentence. They are currently discarded anyway. Why do President Bush and the Republicans think it is more moral to wash stem cells down a drain than to use them to help save and improve millions of American lives? You and I have lives; embryonic stem cells do not.
You will get sick. I will get sick. Our loved ones will get sick. The health of our nation is another type of war, and by refusing to build an army to protect our nation, Republicans are in effect aiding the enemy. Remember, as you someday lay on your hospital bed or next to your loved one’s bed, who caused so much unnecessary suffering.
I wish to commend President Bush for vetoing legislation to expand federally funded embryonic stem-cell research. The measure would intentionally allow for the creation of a subclass of human beings, to be exploited for research purposes.
On a biological level, the prenatal being is not like any other tissue: It is human, with its own DNA indicating that it has the same fundamental and moral right to life as any other human being.
Amazingly, though embryonic stem-cell experiments have failed to produce a single unqualified, therapeutic success, even in animal models, supporters of the embryonic model continue to laud their unproven and currently unethical methods and ignore the fact that adult stem-cell therapies are being used extensively today in treating diseases.
We must help those who are suffering, but we may not use a good end to justify evil means. Human beings are not raw materials to be exploited or commodities that can be bought and sold. To suggest otherwise is to endorse a macabre interpretation of progress. Any method of genetic manipulation that involves the alteration or destruction of human embryos is nothing more than Frankenstein science. Hence, the cry should be not for an increase in funding for embryonic stem cells but rather for an aggressive expansion of adult stem-cell research.
Why such hatred toward America's freedom of religion?
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