Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Stem Cells

The embryonic stem cell plank is totally bogus. John Edwards is a twit. Drudge Report has this quote from an Edwards campaign stop:

'We will stop juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other debilitating diseases... When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.'

What an incredibly assinine statement. He thinks that embryonic stem cell research will cure people. The fact is, there has been absolutely no drug or treatment created using embryonic stem cells. There are several types of stem cells, the embryonic ones are all the rage in the campaign.

Bush decided to give federal research funds to existing embryonic stem cell lines, but not pay for any more - if he did give funds, it would be federal funding of what can reasonably be called abortion by the pro-life group. This isn't unreasonable, given that there is a relatively small chance that embryonic stem cells will lead to any sort of cure.

The other stem cells are already curing things. Bone marrow trasplants are a direct result of adult stem cell research.

Don't be fooled. This is a bogus issue.

And, so I can claim full disclosure, I'm pro-choice to the point that abortions should be legal any time through the first tri-mester or if the mother's life is in grave danger. But, after your second procedure, you need to be implanted with birth-control or an IUD. After a fifth, you should just be sterilized.

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