Stem Cell Research




 
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Boots
 
July 13th, 2005  
greenarmy1980
 
 

Topic: Stem Cell Research


Since when did the Church run government? Limiting stem cell research and what is possible was all based on Religion.

Seems that when George W. Bush limited stem cell research and utilization he was taking into account what the religions of the world have been saying, and now they are actually thinking about returning to government funding of the research and lifting restrictions. Is this because he cannot be reelected?

What are your thoughts?
July 13th, 2005  
Italian Guy
 
 
I don't agree with you. I believe it is a matter of different opinions about whether embryos are human life or not.
July 13th, 2005  
greenarmy1980
 
 
You do not have to agree with me, that is why this is under politics. Because everyone can have a different view on it.

I do not beilieve in growing a full body of a person, but developing the research to repair a spinal cord so that a quadropalegic can walk again would be great, or even someone that has been diagnosed with Spinae Bifida, would it not be nice to repair the spine of an infant using the science at our disposal?
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July 13th, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 
Just because a philosophy stems from one's religion does not make it any less valid in the marketplace of ideas that is America. I agree with you that bans on stem cell research are wrong, but that is my opinion.

In America we have a line in the Bill of rights that says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Now if you want to force someone to not follow their religious beliefs by legalizing Stem Cell research then you're violating the 'free exercise' clause of the bill of rights. I'm an atheist but I am smart enough to know that the 1st ammendment is not a "freedom from religion" clause.
July 13th, 2005  
greenarmy1980
 
 
Valid point. I see your perspective. Is not the Constitution subject to interpretation though, which is why we have the Supreme Court. Right.
July 13th, 2005  
behemoth79
 
 
the problem with stem cell research is that it is hard to draw a line at where it will end. if its for a new heart or liver for someone, then go ahead. but if its for parents altering the genetics to have their kids turn out the way they want them, then no. The movie Gattaca is a good one about this subject. Its about how people who arent genetically altered are considered inferior and what not. I recommend it.
July 13th, 2005  
greenarmy1980
 
 
I agree with that reasoning too. I do however support fixing birth defects, such as Downs, Spinae Bifida, and sickle cell anemia. Those the world could do without, and it would save billions of dollars on medical expense a year.
July 14th, 2005  
Starker
 
i think if it can help people, we should at least give it a try, try to make a comprmise somewhere on the issue
July 14th, 2005  
greenarmy1980
 
 
I agree with that. What the compromise would be is another issue entirely, obvioulsy it will probably be regulated.
July 16th, 2005  
ACTaFOOL82
 
 
I think as long as you don't get the stem cells from an embryo then go ahead. If you can get them from a place that wont make people mad, then use that. Why piss people off, just get stem cells from an umbilical cord or whatever else. Simple as that.