Monday, March 9, 2009


Patience is a virtue, I've been told -- though I could not find it so in the Bible. Something close would be: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: (Romans 5:3-4)

According to MSNBC, those of us who prefer not to use embryonic stem cells for research now have hope. We’ve been told previously that adult stem cells and umbilical cord stem cells displayed promising research. This without destroying a single embryo.

The definition as to when life begins remains open. Science can neither prove nor disprove it begins with conception, cell division or any other point along the progression of gestation. Nor is there a single point prior to birth – and would that be cesarean or natural birth?

Our preference would be to err on the side of caution until such determination can be substantiated. Some have lost patience with this caution. Some prefer ignoring other’s viewpoints

Instead of celebrating this news, our president has rescinded President Bush’s policy regarding federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.


President Bush cut federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Any corporation could fund embryonic stem cell research and profit from the success of their research and development.

Adult stem cell and umbilical cord stem cell research remained federally funded. From that, the above referenced results. No embryos created for research, none destroyed.

President Obama released federal funds to researchers who will destroy embryos with the hope – not scientific knowledge – that such research will provide answers.

Do the hoped for ends of embryonic research justify the means? Must one die just in case they might assist another?

President Obama calls this change, a moving away from “political ideology.” To me, he has simply imposed his own brand of political ideology. With which, I do not agree. One man’s treasure is another man’s trash.

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