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The Stem Cell Flap

by Christopher Chantrill
October 27, 2006 at 4:37 pm

EVER SINCE they ginned up Ron Reagan to make a speech on stem cell research at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Democrats have been doing a land office business on the proposition that Republicans oppose stem cell research.

And that is what the flap over actor Michael J. Fox’s commercials in support of Democratic senate candidates, including U.S. Rep. Ben Cardin, the opponent of Republican Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in Maryland, is about. It’s all rehearsed here.

As is usually the case in politics, the Democrats are trying to pull a fast one on the American people.

Republicans are all in favor of stem cell research. They just don’t want federal funds spent on new lines of embryonic stem cells.

And there’s an additional kicker. Adult and umbilical cord stem cells have already proved to have applications in a number of degenerative diseases.

But embryonic stem cells have not proved useful, at least not yet. So the issue, which the MSM has not highlighted at all, is this:

Mr. Steele supports stem cell research using adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cords, which have already been used to treat and improve several dozen degenerative diseases.

Mr. Cardin and Mr. Fox support stem cell research using embryos, which has not yet been proven to yield any cures for diseases, but which some scientists say could do so.

We wait eagerly for the MSM to make this clear.

They would be doing a public service. My personal researches indicate that my liberal friends have no idea that embryonic stem cells are a “risky scheme” whereas adult stem cells are already saving lives.

They just know that Republicans are against stem cell research because Pat Robertson is against it. Or was it Jerry Falwell?

And where are the environmentalists and their Precautionary Principle on all this?


Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.  His Road to the Middle Class is forthcoming.



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