10
Mar
09

Stem Cell Research

I figured I rather had to chime in on the recent news about stem cell funding from the federal government. I know, I am a little late on the matter, but I keep reading something about how “look at embryonic stem cell kill babby.” It’s really starting to piss me off. If you have a problem with using embryonic stem cells (which you shouldn’t unless you are practicing Jainism) for research purposes, I ask you, what is the problem which has yet to be addressed? Below are frequent “problems” and my response:

“potential human”=stop using exfoliating body scrub, wrap yourself in bubble wrap, and no more urination, defecation, masturbation, sneezing, coughing, scratching, showering, etc. Simply because we currently cannot use adult cellular DNA for purposes of making another human does not mean it isn’t possible.

“not natural”=well, I’m going to point out this little tidbit my girlfriend reminds me of occasionally; humans, being organisms which evolved naturally, are natural, the idea of separating ourselves from the rest of the universe is what gets us into slippery though processes in the first place.

“adult stem cells work”=Ahh, yes, they work for those things we can use them for, of course they do! And they are cheaper, don’t require the destruction of a blastula, and your idea of a god is happy about that. I also have to point out the problem with this statement. If adult stem cell therapies worked on everything, why do we still have individuals with paralysis? Oh, right, they DON’T WORK. Silly me, I forgot. Abandoning one possible course of treatment because of a superstitious belief is similar to helping an angry mob burn a woman after she “used witchcraft” to be raped by the villiage preacher.

Are you not too old to have imaginary friends?

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6 Responses to “Stem Cell Research”


  1. 1 Colloquy
    March 11, 2009 at 6:30 am

    The tune they sing will change as soon as someone they love is cured of a debilitating disease.

  2. March 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Having a raped woman burned for witch-craft!

    Geez, don’t give ’em any ideas!

  3. March 12, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Not necessarily Colloquy. Facing the imminent death of a loved one rarely causes Jehovah’s Wintesses to change their attitutes about accepting blood transfusions. And abortion protesters who get abortions don’t always change their overall outlook on abortion.

  4. 4 jaredcormier
    March 12, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Pundit, you are equating a treatment with a technology, a better analogy would be to the aversion from needles rather than blood transfusions. Blood transfusions are treatments, whereas embryonic stem cell research will (at the very least) lead to better understanding of genetic and acquired diseases and disorders. This is similar to the fallacy committed by many anti-GMO activists; if one is against genetically modified food, s/he should avoid all domesticated products in addition to those modified by a geneticist in a lab. A strong case can be made, similarly, for individuals protesting abortions to instead be protesting regulation of other forms of contraception.

    The thing to remember is that both objections are irrational objections, and thus reasoned argument, logic, and facts do not affect this dogma…

  5. March 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Jared,

    I agree with you, but wasn’t it Colloquy who first blurred the line between treatment and technology? I was, after all, only responding to his comment “The tune they sing will change as soon as someone they love is cured of a debilitating disease”.


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