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Give Them Some Skin

Posted by thelamp on June 18, 2007

A high-five is in order for ethical scientists who continue to identify ways of advancing stem-cell research without destroying human embryos. The latest breakthrough was announced last week – ironically, on the same day that Congress voted to increase taxpayers’ funding for experiments on embryonic stem cells. Hold that thought!

There’s no reason to destroy any more human embryos in the quest to find cures that will save or improve lives. Scientists in Japan and the United States have now found a way to reprogram skin cells back to an embryonic state.

Although the experiments have involved only mice so far, this discovery could end the controversy that has caused Christians consternation over biomedical research for nearly a decade. In 1998, scientists first discovered how to generate human embryonic stem cells from embryos discarded by fertility clinics. Immediately, men and women who respect the sanctity of all human life objected to callously ending it in a laboratory petri dish.

Opposition to embryonic stem-cell research – mounted primarily by Christian activists – has served as a catalyst to the search for alternatives. If skin cells can mimic embryonic stem cells and perform the same function, there would be no need to continue down the dangerous, destructive path now tempting medical pioneers.

This development should sway people critical of President Bush’s promise to veto the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which Congress has sent to the White House for the president’s signature.

People who don’t place value on the developmental stage of life that occurs before birth have argued that protecting embryos from scientific experimentation is tantamount to denying life-saving therapy to the sick and dying. Yet, even the most passionate voices in the scientific community acknowledge that human embryonic stem-cell research is a long way from producing any practical therapies.


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There’s HOPE for Ethical Research!

Posted by thelamp on April 18, 2007

There’s good and bad news this week from the U.S. Senate, where debate on federal funding for human embryonic stem-cell research ended with the approval of two diametrically opposed bills: The HOPE Act and the infamous Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. The latter, which would advance medical experimentation at the expense of human life, was vetoed by President Bush last year.

Given that the president has promised to veto it again, it’s disappointing that legislators passed it anyway on a 63-34 vote Wednesday. The good news is that the margin is too narrow to override President Bush, who has voiced support for the ethical alternative – which the Senate also passed 70-28.

Here are the 28 senators who voted against the HOPE Act:

Baucus, D-Mont.; Bayh, D-Ind.; Bingaman, D-N.M.; Boxer, D-Calif.; Cantwell, D-Wash.; Cardin, D-Md.; Clinton, D-N.Y.; Durbin, D-Ill.; Feingold, D-Wis.; Feinstein, D- Calif.; Inouye, D-Hawaii; Kohl ,D-Wis.; Lautenberg, D-N.J.; Levin, D-Mich.; Lieberman, I-Conn.; Lincoln, D-Ariz.; Menendez, D-N.J.; Mikulski, D-Md.; Murray, D-Wash.; Nelson, D-Fla.; Obama, D-Ill.; Reid, D-Nev.; Rockefeller, D-W.V.; Sanders, I-Vt.; Schumer, D-N.Y.; Stabenow, D-Mich.; Tester, D-Mont.; Wyden, D-Ore. 

Click here to thank your senator for voting for the HOPE Act and supporting ethical research.

Although both legislative proposals would remove restrictions on the use of federal funds in pursuit of ground-breaking research to cure diseases, the Hope Offered through Principled Ethical Stem Cell Research – or HOPE Act – would forbid the creation, cloning or destruction of embryos. However, this bill would authorize research on embryos with no chance of survival. The Senate missed an opportunity to make a clear statement about the value of life. Instead, lawmakers are sending America a mixed message.

Stem-cell research is a complicated undertaking. This much, though, is clear – ending life at any stage of development is morally indefensible. Christians know that Scripture plainly admonishes against killing, and invoking the merits of research doesn’t change anything.

Ethical research using stem cells from adults and umbilical cord blood is already contributing to improving health conditions associated with more than 70 diseases and injuries. These advances dispel the notion that cloning, destruction of human embryos or exploiting women by harvesting their eggs are the only avenues for discovering new medical treatments.

“The current adversarial climate has made many Christians think they must choose between science and faith,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “It has also convinced many decent men and women in the scientific community that they must reject all religious influence in order to be faithful to science.”

The fact that Bible believers condemn senseless destruction of life does not mean they want to stand in the way of all medical research. The HOPE Act would “promote the derivation of pluripotent stem-cell lines without the creation of human embryos” or destroying them. (Read and compare the bills for yourself: the HOPE Act vs. the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.)

The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act isn’t just immoral; it would also be a foolish use of taxpayers’ money. Prudent and fiscally responsible lawmakers shouldn’t divert public funds from promising and less controversial research options. Of course, to some folks death is palatable when it occurs in a petri dish. Not so for Christians. Those who want research to continue, but also respect human life, are backing the HOPE Act.

Click here to thank your senator for voting for the HOPE Act and supporting ethical research.


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Promote Ethical Stem-Cell Research

Posted by thelamp on January 18, 2007

Last week, medical researchers embarked on a new era. The catalyst was the fabulous news from scientists at Wake Forest University and Harvard Medical School. They discovered therapeutic potential in stem cells found in human amniotic fluid.

Pro-life enthusiasts across America lauded the great promise of advancing cures for dozens of diseases without endangering human embryos. Yet many members of Congress didn’t bother pausing long enough to digest the true enormity and significance of the announcement. Instead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and company pressed forward with plans to channel millions of tax dollars into human embryonic stem-cell research.

Click here to ask President Bush to fulfill his pledge to veto the Stem-Cell Research Enhancement Act.

“Unequivocally, there is no compelling reason why taxpayers should finance unethical research,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “Christians should never tolerate or condone disregard for the sanctity of human life. The argument that untold medical cures for the living outweigh the death of an undeveloped embryo has never been biblically sound. The position is even more indefensible in light of the new, life-preserving discoveries.”

The bill, H.R. 3, easily passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Jan. 11 by a 253 to 174 vote. If the U.S. Senate also passes the measure and the president vetoes it as promised, 290 representatives and 67 senators would be required to override the veto. The Senate will be taking up its version of the bill, S. 5, within the next few weeks.

On Jan. 11, the White House issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) voicing President Bush’s strong opposition to the use of taxpayer dollars for this objectionable purpose.

“Destroying nascent human life for research raises serious ethical problems, and millions of Americans consider the practice immoral,” the White House position statement said. The Center for Moral Clarity agrees, and encourages its members to support the president’s decision to once again veto this bill if, or when, it passes in the Senate.

Want to know more about human embryonic stem-cell research?
Click here to download the Domestic Policy Council’s report, “Advancing Stem Cell Science Without Destroying Human Life.”


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First Fetal Stem-Cell Transplant Should be the Last

Posted by thelamp on January 8, 2007

Last month in Portland, Oregon, doctors for the first time transplanted stem cells from aborted fetuses into a living patient. As part of a desperate bid to reverse, or at least slow, a rare genetic disorder called Batten disease, stem cells were placed in a sick child’s head.

The fetuses were donated to a nonprofit medical foundation by women aborting early-stage pregnancies. It’s understandable that loving parents would do just about anything to save their child. If all parents were that devoted, there would be no aborted fetuses to produce stem cells for such research.

“Since these matters often are explored under times of stress and great emotion, it’s important to apply clear biblical to these issues,” said Pastor Rod Parsley.

Unfortunately, the hospital where this procedure was performed has five more patients waiting to receive the treatment. Despite the potential for a positive outcome, the end result does not justify recycling life this way.

The medical team made sure to mention that the stem cells injected into the young buy were not human embryonic stem cells. President George W. Bush has limited federal funding because of moral objections. However, the use of aborted fetuses to obtain stem cells is equally as objectionable.

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan banned research using aborted fetal tissue from receiving federal funding. President Bill Clinton removed the prohibition in 1993.

Can anything be more repugnant than killing a baby and using it for spare parts? That’s not why God created life.


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I will be silent no more!

Posted by thelamp on December 29, 2006

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.” — Elie Wiesel

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