Thanks, Drew Dimmel, for your comments on stem-cell research (11/26, As I See It, “Repeal of stem-cell amendment would stifle hope”). I, too, have a family member who was diagnosed when he was 51 with Parkinson’s. He worked six more years but had to retire early because of the natural progression of this disease.
We were elated to see the voters in Missouri pass Amendment 2. But the will of the people was disregarded by nay-sayers.
I will make all opponents a solemn promise: I will never make them receive stem-cell treatment if they will promise me that they will not interfere with my right to have stem-cell treatment if and when the need arises.
And just for the record, I don’t believe for one minute that opponents of stem-cell research would not choose to receive treatment if stem cells would keep them productive members of society.
My husband is only 62, and we pray that he will survive long enough to reap the benefits of this research.