Monday, October 30, 2006

 

On Stem Cell Research

The fiasco over Michael J. Fox's appeal for support in Missouri for stem cell research has largely been misrepresented in the media. To read the reports, Republican are opposed to stem cell research and the Democrats are in support.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The liberal left and their willing accomplices from Pravda have disingenuous posed the argument of "for and agin" when it should focus on the different types of research.

What most conservatives oppose would be government sponsored embryonic stem cell research. Two words to focus on there are "government" and "embryonic."

There is a whole world of research involving stem cells that are sponsored by government grants which do not involve embryos. No citizen should be forced to pay for something such as embryonic stem cell research when they find it morally and religiously reprehensible. That is just what government sponsorship does.

I find it myopic and selfish for Mr. Fox, or anyone else for that matter, to ask me to pay for something that I believe involves the murder of one innocent human being for the sake of other equally innocent human beings.

This is not to say that I would be opposed to privately funded embryonic stem cell research. In that case, I can personally boycott the individual or business that contributes. They are not forcing me to pay for something I oppose and they have the option to continue their funding if their business is not weakened by my individual boycott.

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