stem cell research

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Thu, 09-20-2007 - 10:36am

So I have this preconceived notion that all prolifers are anti- embryonic stem cell research.

True? Do you feel that leftover IVF embryos destined for disposal ought not be donated? What about research with stem cell lines that already exist? Is that morally contaminated? How do people feel about this and why?

Here's some recent newsy stuff going on with a prolife group trying to block stem cell research of all kinds in NJ:
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj--stemcellresearch0918sep18,0,126660.story

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Registered: 07-13-2007
Thu, 09-20-2007 - 11:25am

Embryonic stem cell research is wrong, when it involves the destruction of an embryo. Leftover IVF embryos being destined for disposal is wrong (if you're only willing to carry one baby, don't invite the possibility of making 2 or 3).


Stem cell research from others sources is great... umbilical cord blood, etc. How wonderful!


Human life begins at conception and all human life is of GREAT value.


It is not worth it to destroy new life in order to lengthen or improve the lives of others.


(A loss of an embryo's entire life is a greater loss than 10 years to Alzheimer's....)

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Registered: 02-15-2005
Thu, 09-20-2007 - 11:54am

<<<(A loss of an embryo's entire life is a greater loss than 10 years to Alzheimer's....)>>>


The 100 cells of a blastocyst used for stem cell harvesting have zero value in comparison to people like my uncle, who suffered for years with Alzheimer's.


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 09-20-2007 - 12:24pm

To you.

To me, those embryos will be lost anyway, so why not put them to good use. The only way to ensure that only the embryos that will be used will be created (with present technology) is to do things the old fashioned way. So, unless you're willing to say "no fertility intervention should be allowed", those additional embryos will be created and something must be done with them.

The are far more embryos out there than there are women who are willing to go through the process needed to have them implanted.

Sandy
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Registered: 07-13-2007
Thu, 09-20-2007 - 3:04pm

To sisfox:


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I'm sorry you feel this way. I take care of Alzheimer's patients for a living. One of my ladies is my great-grandmother. I love these people a lot, am deeply saddened by their disease, and have a pretty good sense of the degree of loss caused by the disease. I also look forward to possible treatments or cures, as long as they are established within certain moral guidelines.


Still I just can't even come close to feeling that "the 100 cells of a blastocyst have zero value in comparison to" these people. I truly feel that they have equal value.


We put different value on life. I put greater emphasis on human life itself, a value that is equal from one life to the next. I put less value on quality/length of life... you put more.


The OP was asking

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Thu, 09-20-2007 - 3:51pm
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Embryonic stem cell research is wrong, when it involves the destruction of an embryo. Leftover IVF embryos being destined for disposal is wrong (if you're only willing to carry one baby, don't invite the possibility of making 2 or 3). >>


Fertility treatment is expensive. Multiple embryos mean multiple successes...and it's less expensive to take more embryos at once then take 1 at a time. Do you believe a family should be forced

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Thu, 09-20-2007 - 10:49pm

I totally understand what you're saying. But.... to me, it's not a question of what to do with these extra embryos... it's a question of whether or not those "extra" ones should be there in the first place.
I know that it's really expensive and I see the reasoning in it, but to me money is no excuse for immorality, and it's still wrong. Lots of money saved, but three lives lost.

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Registered: 03-18-2004
Thu, 09-20-2007 - 11:09pm
I feel donating is the best option but if they are going to be destroyed at least some good can come out of it if they are used for stem cell research.





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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 09-20-2007 - 11:43pm
Since there are thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of embryos in existence TODAY, embryos that either have to be expensively stored until such time that someone decides to implant OR destroyed unless otherwise used, what should be done TODAY with those embryos?
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Fri, 09-21-2007 - 12:46pm

<I know that it's really expensive and I see the reasoning in it, but to me money is no excuse for immorality, and it's still wrong. Lots of money saved, but three lives lost. >>


Again...I think you would have to have battled IF or know someone closely who has to understand why thungs are done thry way they are. Lives are never * lost* if, even in death they can still serve a positive

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Fri, 09-21-2007 - 12:53pm
I kinda have strange Prolife views.. I don't see any problem with Plan B... don't think it's murder.

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