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The people who hate science

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 28, 2004

To date there have been zero-- that's 0-- successful medical experiments using embryonic stem cells. There have been quite a few successful experiments using stem cells obtained from adult bone marrow.

With that in mind, turn your attention to the American political scene, where two sides are engaged in a heated, emotional debate. One side says that we must continue and subsidize research on embryonic stem cells; the other says that we should concentrate on what works: the bone-marrow option.

Which side, in your view, is trying to ignore the scientific evidence?

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  • Posted by: Gerry H - Jul. 28, 2004 1:10 PM ET USA

    Do we have a straw man here? As I scientist, I want to be free to pursue research of my choice. But as a Catholic Christian, the choice must ALWAYS be made with due regard for ethical issues. I wonder do we have a situation where "freedom" is being defended as a front for setting aside all ethical considerations? Money is best spent where it promises results, but pure utilitarian pragratism is dangerous. Just because we "can" does not imply we "should."

  • Posted by: - Jul. 28, 2004 1:00 PM ET USA

    Those that favor embryo research don’t really care about the science; instead, they see it as an opportunity to rationalize abortion on demand. As long as the unborn are characterized and treated as something other than human, with all the human rights, abortion becomes more and more acceptable. (A classic case of the end justifying the means.) It may sound far-fetched, but Malachi Martin’s fictional account in “Windswept House” of an abortion/organ harvesting factory may soon be reality.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Jul. 28, 2004 12:22 PM ET USA

    Intelligence is not a preventative for stupidity. In fact, quite the opposite. As a wonderful Lutheran pastor once told me, "No one calls Downs Syndrome people stupid. On the other hand, many intellectuals are quite stupid usually in direct proportion to their level of intelligence." This seems to be the case with the obsession with embryonic stem cell research (and blind evolution vs intelligent design). There is also something just a tad demonic about the former.

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