Ok, so my full understanding of this is a bit fuzzy. Well, actually, to be completely honest, I’m waaaaaay behind the 8ball on this one. I don’t exactly keep up with the current news of it except to say this, Bush stymied it (and all i can remember is a brief conversation between my dad and I) and Obama has endorsed it. Me, currently, I’ve got some thoughts on it and I’ve got to speak my mind (and my mind, it wanders…all over the place).
Stem Cell Research. Embryonic Stem Cell Research I guess to be more exact. Since that’s what Obama lifted the ban on yesterday, the federal funding of said research ban that is. Research was already going on, but it was privately funded, and now it can be governmentally funded and people are jumping for joy. Me, I don’t know what I’m doing. I mean, I understand that there’s a possibility of cures for a lot of “incurable” diseases that can be found, but what are the implications of it, really. What are the true costs. I guess my problem is a problem of ethics.
A piece of me understands that in some cases we’re talking about embryos that don’t get implanted, embryos that were once frozen but may one day no longer be frozen and will be thrown out like yesterday’s lunch leftovers. I get that part, but does it make it right and are those the only one’s that are going to get used? I’m not sure it does make it right. And I’m fairly sure that they’re not the only ones going to be used.
My whole being screams “why embryonic?”
I wonder why there’s been so much displeasure towards Bush since he vetoed the bill that would allow federal funding of embryonic stem cells in 2001; when we could get stem cells at a less controversial cost by using the stem cells in placentas and umbilical cords. Where’s that stem cell research? I mean, think about it, the placenta and umbilical cord are discarded the same way unused left in the freezer embryos are discarded. So, what’s the difference? Well, there’s the obvious, in one case a life was taken, and in another (for all intensive purposes) a life was brought into this world.
I wonder why, when we live in an age where when you browse through baby magazines or expecting mom magazines there are ads for cord blood registry. “Save your baby’s cord blood because it could save it’s life one day.” embryonic stem cells are so much more important, more the focus, more talked about.
Why embryos, when there are other avenues?
I can remember once, me talking to my dad about bush and federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and cures and all I can remember was that at the end of that conversation he asked me “Courtney, think about, has any promise been shown with what research has been done?” And the answer was no.
So does federal funding change anything? Not really.