In his great novel The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky raised the question whether it would be right to build a world without human suffering if "it was essential and inevitable to torture to death one tiny creature" such as an innocent child to achieve that end. Each of us must answer that ultimate question in the depths of his or her own conscience. The claim that destructive embryo research will achieve such a utopian end is, we believe, a hollow promise. In the meantime, however, the killing will be quite real.
We hope that you will consider these reflections and agree that our government should not support research that relies on the destruction of innocent human beings.
Most Christians have grave concerns on this critically important issue of embryonic stem cell research. In our view, conducting research that relies on deliberate destruction of human embryos for their stem cells is illegal, immoral and unnecessary.
It is illegal because it violates an appropriations rider (the Dickey amendment) passed every year since 1995 by Congress. That provision forbids funding "research in which" human embryos (whether initially created for research purposes or not) are harmed or destroyed outside the womb.(1) National Institutes of Health guidelines approved by the Clinton Administration nonetheless give researchers detailed instructions on how to obtain human embryos for destructive cell harvesting, if they wish to qualify for federal grants in "human pluripotent stem cell research."(2) Clearly, obtaining and destroying embryos is an integral part of this project, even if the specific act of destroying emb...
... middle of paper ...
...eficiency (SCID)-X1 Disease," 288 Science 669-72 (28 April 2000).
16. K. Foss, "Paraplegic regains movement after cell procedure," The Globe and Mail (Toronto), June 15, 2001 at A1.
17. E. Ryan et al., "Glycemic Outcome Post Islet Transplantation," Abstract #33-LB, Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association, June 24, 2001. See: http://220.127.116.11/am01/AnnualMeeting/Abstracts/NumberResults.asp?idAbs=33-LB.
18. M. McCullough, "Islet transplants offer hope that diabetes can be cured," Philadelphia Inquirer, June 22, 2001 at A1.
19. D. Woodbury et al., "Adult Rat and Human Bone Marrow Stromal Cells Differentiate Into Neurons," 61 J. of Neuroscience Research 364-70 (2000) at 364 (emphasis added).
20. D. Prockop, "Stem Cell Research Has Only Just Begun" (Letter), 293 Science 211-2 (13 July 2001)(citations omitted).
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Stem cell research has been one of the most controversial focuses in the biomedical community. A stem cell is an undifferentiated cell that can alter itself into a specialized cell which can replace many types of damaged cells. Nonetheless, there is only one cell that can replace any type of damaged cell, an embryonic stem cell. Fortunately, this method is already available in the medical world, but it is limited to permitting countries. Working with embryonic stem cells is also met heated debate, as the only way to extract the cells is from an embryo, ultimately ceasing potential human life.... [tags: Stem cell, Embryonic stem cell]
1135 words (3.2 pages)
- Human nature is to survive and get better, the instinct for parents to try to give their children a better chance at life is undeniable. What better way can parents do that then to try and put an end to chronic and life threatening diseases. This can happen if stem cell research continues to expand and becomes better funded. The benefits range from re-growing body parts to curing genetic disorders. Stem cell research has been a controversial topic from the start. Many people say it is wrong based on the facts that it can use embryonic stem cells.... [tags: Stem cell, Embryonic stem cell]
2004 words (5.7 pages)
- A mother has developed Alzheimer’s, preventing her from having a normal relationship with her family. A newly born baby girl has a spinal cord issue, making for many years of rehabilitation ahead her. A diabetic wife struggles to take care of her household duties because of constantly having to monitor her blood sugar and deal with insulin shots. With the development of stem cell research, and the more controversial embryonic stem cell research, every one of these instances could not only be cured, but prevented, within the next half century.... [tags: Stem Cell Research, medical,]
1546 words (4.4 pages)
- Stem cells were first discovered in the early 1900s and are unspecialized cells that have the potential to develop into a number of different cells in the body. They can treat a wide variety of diseases and ailments, from diabetes to ALS. Embryonic stem cell research, in particular, has been the main source of ethical and scientific controversy since they were first successfully cultured in a laboratory in 1998. Embryonic stem cells are derived from fertilized embryos, which are destroyed in the research process.... [tags: Stem cell, Embryonic stem cell, Human]
1319 words (3.8 pages)
- Stem Cell Research This research paper will focus on stem cell research and the ethical issues that are attributed to this subject. This topic will be narrowed down to Embryonic Stem Cell research in that there is a great debate going on how to conduct this research ethically. The importance of embryo stem cell research is that the research could help save lives and also the debate is that it is morally wrong to kill an embryo due to the fact it still a living organism. The issue with embryo stem cell research is that an embryo is a living being and should not be used for research, because then the embryo would not be allowed to develop into the living form it is meant to be.... [tags: Medical Ethics ]
874 words (2.5 pages)
- The human body has special cells, which can replicate through cell division. One of the most interesting things about this replication is that they self-divide to form cells that are especially suited for building organ tissue. Stem cells naturally occur in all animals. In fact, in adults they may function for as long as the adult is alive. Scientists have been researching the applicability of the use of stem cells to produce different organs and body tissue. While there are many benefits that may come from such research, stem cell research has been an issue of great ethical controversy .... [tags: Human, Cell, Stem cell, Cellular differentiation]
1491 words (4.3 pages)
- Stem Cell Research Pluripotent stem cells are true stem cells with the potential to make any differentiated cell in the body (Stem Cells). These cells can be harvested in a myriad of ways, but the most well known for their controversial reputation are those that come from reproductive techniques and unwanted products of reproduction. In Embryonic stem cells, excess embryos produced during in vitro fertilization procedures are used and Embryonic Germ Cells can be isolated from the precursor to the gonads in aborted fetuses (Stem Cells).... [tags: Cellular differentiation, Embryonic stem cell]
1212 words (3.5 pages)
- Take a minute to imagine a world where some of the diseases once thought to be life threatening or altering could be cured. Diseases including lupus, Lou Gehrig’s disease, arthritis and countless others could very well be treatable. Many would consider a treatment like this to be considered a miracle, but miracle treatment is this, which can help numerous people with their pain and help alter the dismal quality of life that countless others are facing but, yet is denounced as an act against God.... [tags: Scientific Research ]
2513 words (7.2 pages)
- Stem cell research. Simple words that to some mean a lot more than a new potential scientific field. It is simply the creation or repair of another life form from an earlier form. Stem cells have the chance to change all that we know in the medical field as well as the potential to heal old wounds and heal damaged organs. This point causes much debate and anger of those opposed to stem cell research but they ultimately look at the process and not the form or result of it. Stem cell research has incredible potential.... [tags: Stem Cell Biology, argument]
1254 words (3.6 pages)
- Stem cells are cells that can form into any type of cell, they are found in bone marrow, embryos, fetuses, and blood from the umbilical cord. Early in development, a human embryo is made up of a hollow ball of cells called a “blastocyst”. Blastocyst cells divide and eventually develop into all of the tissues and organs of a human being, a process called “differentiation”. Embryonic stem cells can be grown in the laboratory from blastocysts and made to differentiate into nerve, liver, muscle, blood, and other cells.... [tags: Controversy, Debate, Politics]
2652 words (7.6 pages)