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February 26, 2008

Stem-cell research

Regarding the proposed state constitutional amendment (2/21, Local, “Stem-cell ballot language rewritten”): Biology and common sense tell us that a few cells in a lab dish are no more a human being than a few cells from my finger.

Until the embryo is attached to the womb, begins to differentiate into organs, etc., can it possibly be considered even close to human?

But some people would like to force on everyone their belief that a few undetermined cells are a human. What possible scientific reasoning can they come up with to defend this idea?

I really take offense to having a religious view stand in the way of progress that could relieve human suffering and do so much good for humanity.

John Vollmer
Grandview

Comments

bmmg39

The authors of the proposed amendment are merely trying to close a loophole deliberately left open by the framers of Amendment 2, who deceptively worded their amendment in order to make voters think they were prohibiting cloning, when in fact Amendment 2 protects the use of cloning, otherwise known as somatic cell nuclear transfer, to create human embryos for the purpose of destroying them.

Kate

So, the short answer is no. And the long answer is that we haven’t killed enough human embryos yet.

stone

"Have embyonic stem cells been found to deliver cures or help with any disease/malady? Just curious."
Rogue

did you read Ksskidude's comment? obviously not.

here is an excerpt:
"with any research it takes time before any cures and or therapies are discovered. It gets so tiring when laymen come on here and try to argue against the sound data and the overwhelming majority of scientist's around the world."

Rogue

Have embyonic stem cells been found to deliver cures or help with any disease/malady? Just curious.

Don S

Well said! It is a crying shame that more time and money are being spent on this nonsense.

ksskidude

This view that the anti-cures crowd would not be so bad if they just kept it to themselves. But their not, they are actually trying to overturn Amendment 2. Then they want to criminalize any future person who would participate with the research in this state. That means any sick patient who will one day benefit from Embryonic stem cell research would be a felon. That's right a felon!

They will argue that there are no cures from ESCR, while true, with any research it takes time before any cures and or therapies are discovered. It gets so tiring when laymen come on here and try to argue against the sound data and the overwhelming majority of scientist's around the world. ESCR will as they say, find cures for diesease such as Parkinson's, Cancer, ALS, Diabities, etc...
There once was a time when people were still using iron lungs because Jonah Saulk hadn't finished his Polio Vaccination, and at the very same time people were naysaying. "IT can't be done, it's immoral, it hasn't prevented anything yet," sound familiar?
What Amendment 2 did for us Missourians was ban any attempt to clone a human being, and put safegaurds on ethical research.
People are dying, we need to be able to do the work, do the research, and find cures.

 
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