Opinion

Embryonic stem-cell research should not be allowed

Politically, the days ahead for protecting pre-born life promises to be sobering at best, catastrophic at worst. Currently there are well over 3,000 abortions in America a day. To put that in perspective, we have lost 4,000 brave American lives during the course of the seven year war in Iraq. So in two days, we destroy more little Americans by abortion than were lost in seven years at war.

Up until now, there has been an uneasy peace between the pro-life and pro-choice communities because taxpayer money has not funded abortions. Either a pro-life President or a pro-life Congress has prevented it. With the incoming administration, that could all change quickly. President Obama is strongly pro-choice, and so is the new Congress. Obama has promised to issue an executive order almost immediately directing tax revenue to fund embryonic stem cell research. This type of research creates baby human embryos, allows them to mature for a period of time, and then harvests their stem cell for research. In order to harvest their stem cells, the tiny babies are destroyed.

Ironically, adult stem cell research, which involves no moral issues at all, has shown great promise for curing diseases of many kinds. There are many examples of adult stem cells being used for bone marrow transplants, treating paralysis, producing dopamine-producing brain cells for Parkinson’s patients, and so on. Embryonic stem cell research, which has been going on for some time in private universities in America, and all over Europe, has produced no medical innovations at all.

To begin funding embryonic stem research with tax revenue would be a monumental mistake. This policy would deliver a devastating blow to the consciences of pro-life Americans.

For those that care, please call the White House comment line, (202) 456-1111, and ask President Obama not to begin his administration by releasing tax money to fund embryonic stem cell research. The new president has demonstrated a willingness to listen to all sides of an issue. Let’s pray that he will revisit this very sensitive issue and change his mind about the order.

Rinda Wilson is a resident of Macon

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