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End of the Stem Cell Debate

The “Washington Post” had a startling front-page headline this morning: Advance May End Stem Cell Debate. Two mainline scientific journals have published breakthrough and now accepted findings showing how ordinary skin cells can be turned back into stem cells. No embryos or human eggs are harmed in the making of these stem cells.

Says one scientist, “This is a tremendous scientific milestone, the biological equivalent to the Wright brothers’ first airplane.” Credit–and a future Nobel Prize–goes to James Thompson, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

I predict that Pro-deathers will STILL call for the “harvesting” of developing infants. They have been using the prospect of commodifying, industrializing, and desacralizing human life for this noble humanitarian cause to give moral legitimacy to abortion. They will find a way to continue that line of propaganda.

Meanwhile, this breakthrough, which eventually will save untold numbers of lives, is something else to be thankful for!

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    I saw on a different site the creator of Dolly is moving towards perfecting this technique and using cells created from this source. I still think it is a foolish to think that embryonic stem cells are some how better than adult, but at least this is a some what ethical source. I am not sure about the philosophical ramifications yet, but on the surface appears to be morally sound.

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    I saw on a different site the creator of Dolly is moving towards perfecting this technique and using cells created from this source. I still think it is a foolish to think that embryonic stem cells are some how better than adult, but at least this is a some what ethical source. I am not sure about the philosophical ramifications yet, but on the surface appears to be morally sound.

  • Carl Vehse

    The Washington Compost news headline is editorialized nonsense (no surprise). Pro-abortionists will still push for allowing embryonic stem cells research because to concede to pro-life opponents on embryonic stem cells would mean that pro-abortionists would also concede to the pro-life position that elective abortion murders a human being.

    The WaCompost: Especially gratifying to [embryonic!] stem cell researchers was that some of their biggest critics seemed mollified.

    Yeah, that’s like saying after the third Punic War, “Especially gratifying to Carthaginians was that their Roman critics seemed mollified.”

  • Carl Vehse

    The Washington Compost news headline is editorialized nonsense (no surprise). Pro-abortionists will still push for allowing embryonic stem cells research because to concede to pro-life opponents on embryonic stem cells would mean that pro-abortionists would also concede to the pro-life position that elective abortion murders a human being.

    The WaCompost: Especially gratifying to [embryonic!] stem cell researchers was that some of their biggest critics seemed mollified.

    Yeah, that’s like saying after the third Punic War, “Especially gratifying to Carthaginians was that their Roman critics seemed mollified.”

  • Richard

    Dr Veith, you are a prophet:
    Tom Harkin:

    “Our top researchers recognize that this new development does not mean that we should discontinue studying embryonic stem cells,” he said in a written statement. “Scientists may yet find that embryonic stem cells are more powerful. We need to continue to pursue all alternatives as we search for treatments for diabetes, Parkinson’s and spinal cord injuries.”

  • Richard

    Dr Veith, you are a prophet:
    Tom Harkin:

    “Our top researchers recognize that this new development does not mean that we should discontinue studying embryonic stem cells,” he said in a written statement. “Scientists may yet find that embryonic stem cells are more powerful. We need to continue to pursue all alternatives as we search for treatments for diabetes, Parkinson’s and spinal cord injuries.”

  • Brandon

    I agree about the propaganda – but hopefully capitalism will take care of any future propaganda. If this method of harvest is cheaper and more cost effective – economics will trump propaganda. I hate to admit that but I believe that it is true.

  • Brandon

    I agree about the propaganda – but hopefully capitalism will take care of any future propaganda. If this method of harvest is cheaper and more cost effective – economics will trump propaganda. I hate to admit that but I believe that it is true.

  • fwsonnek

    It wont stop with infants! Here in brasil the very poor are missing vital organs that are transplanted in south africa for rich europeans and americans. and then, incredibly, cheated out of the little money they were promised by this illegal trade.

    Maybe I do believe in a sort of slippery slope after all. or maybe it would better be called a moral universe where we are all connected, born and unborn.

  • fwsonnek

    It wont stop with infants! Here in brasil the very poor are missing vital organs that are transplanted in south africa for rich europeans and americans. and then, incredibly, cheated out of the little money they were promised by this illegal trade.

    Maybe I do believe in a sort of slippery slope after all. or maybe it would better be called a moral universe where we are all connected, born and unborn.


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