The Star’s editorial “Stem-cell research is step ahead for science” (3/10, Opinion) characterized President Bush’s executive order limiting federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research as “illogical.” I’ll see your illogical and raise you unproductive and unethical.
Embryonic stem-cell results are sketchy, including tumors in patients and no cures. Adult stem cells show promise for more than 80 diseases without the same effects. Embryonic stem cells are less promising, more costly and controversial. Their only logic is convenience.
At what point should we confer human rights? Not at birth. A mother begins labor based on her health, age, chance and medical convenience. If not at conception or the presence of a heartbeat, spinal cord, eyes and legs, when? Nothing more is required than the fusion of two cells and a willing partner. A full-term child requires no less.
Embryonic stem-cell research kills our society a little bit each time as it slips further from a culture of life, and that is illogical.
As a former embryo myself, I am grieved that experiments are taking place on my kind, especially when no harm could be done by using other types of stem cells.
Science and the state, when they overstep their limits, must be opposed by people who have been allowed to grow into mature human beings.