How many of you know that JDRF is involved in Embronic Stem Cell Research? Do you know that Human lives are being destroyed to research a cure for diabetes? There is a post here about a recent interview with their president in which he does not discuss this issue at all. In replies to my comments in that post, I was critiqued for bringing up the issue of Embronic Stem Cell Research (I think that there are those that would like it to be a dirty little secret - If we dont know its happening, its OK?) So that is why I am moving the discussion here. No comments are disallowed here - I would like to hear all sides and thoughts.. Does it bother you that others are working on our behalf and destroying human life to find a cure. Would you prefer that this research be done with Adult stem cells that do not destrpoy human life? Would you take a cure that cost another human their life? Personally I will not. I stopped donating to the JDRF when they announced this policy change last year.
Guys, a little earlier an Admin account comment was posted, pointing out how topics that delve into politics or religion typically go down in flames. If there's nothing else to add to the topic, let's please NOT take it in a new flame-prone direction.
The fundamental problem with this whole "every embro is a human being" argument is that human DNA - so-called "potential human life" -- is destroyed by the billions every, single day.
Every time a man "spills his seed" he is destroying potential human life.
Every time a woman goes through her cycle without seeking insemination she is destroying potential human life.
Every time a religious or asexual person chooses a life of celibacy, they are destroying potential human life.
Every time a man chooses to have a vasectomy, he is destroying potential human life.
Every time a woman gets her tubes tied, she is destroying potential human life.
And yes, every time a woman has an abortion, she is destroying potential human life.
I have had a cycle every month for the past forty-two years and have never had a baby. I guess that makes me a mass murderer? I've let over 500 eggs die unfertilized. Am I worse than Ted Bundy? All those potential lives lost?
Human beings are precious. Every scrap of human DNA is not.
Some people believe something so magical happens at the moment of conception that it trumps all other human considerations. Others do not. Who is correct? Who knows?
Others feel the same way about monkeys, dogs and cats -- that they are unique and precious -- but they are used in experiments to save human lives every day. Are we evil for using medicines that were tested on apes? Maybe we are.
Personally, I'd rather use a treatment found from using the cells of an embryo (e.g. a "left over" or "extra" fertilized embryo not used in a fertility clinic that was going to be incinerated as medical waste if not used) than from torturing a living, breathing, sensate chimpanzee.
Would it be right for me to impose my sensibilities on this issue on everyone else, depriving them of a cure for quadriplegia? Or leukemia? Or type 1 diabetes? Or AIDS?
If someone feels so strongly against embryonic research, let them state their case. I will disagree. Not because I'm a monster who believes in "murdering babies" or all the other over-heated rhetoric of the anti-embryonic stem cell research propagandists. But because I believe those of us who will live full lives -- with conscious minds and sensing nerves -- have a right to seek cures for the myriad diseases that attack us. And that the sacrifice of a few fertilized eggs that were going to be thrown away anyway is nothing less than the brilliant, prudent and wise use of human DNA for humankind.
Perhaps it is an ethical slippery slope. I think the opposite. I think that all this precious but wasted human DNA should be used to help bring about a golden age where we can alleviate the suffering of billions.
This topic is being closed following an earlier post made this am.
We don't state in our values that we don't talk about politics or religion: we are humans and as such, we have political and religious views. But we've come to learn that these are two topics never lead to "happy" endings in an online forum...
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