I am very sorry to hear that Michael Rudd (2/18, Letters) has been diagnosed with lung cancer. I empathize with his fear and sadness as I have just finished a year of treatment for Stage III breast cancer, which included the removal of my breasts, ovaries and uterus.
The reason that I got cancer at a young age is that I inherited a genetic mutation from my maternal side which, if I have passed on to my 16-month-old son, Eli, will increase his chances of developing several deadly cancers.
I agree with Mr. Rudd that any promising lines of research, including embryonic stem-cell research, need to be aggressively pursued to fight cancer and other terrifying diseases.
The politicians who pander to the religious right on this issue disgust and infuriate me.
The odds are against me living long enough to see Eli graduate from college, but even the remotest possibility of advancement in protecting his health into adulthood, and the health of any other living child or adult, is worth the destruction of a mountain of embryos which would not have become babies anyway.
To those who wish to cripple science: Keep your religious beliefs away from my son’s body. My family, and many others’, need cures.