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September 9, 2008

Caring for the disabled and stem cell research

Sen. Joe Biden reminded voters of stem cell research on the campaign trail today.

"I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there's joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?"

Some evangelicals have raised concern about John McCain's support of embryonic stem cell research. McCain's campaign responded to Biden's comments.

"Barack Obama's running mate sunk to a new low today launching an offensive debate over who cares more about special needs children," McCain-Palin spokesman Ben Porritt said. "Playing politics with this issue is disturbing and indicative of a desperate campaign."

Biden spokesman David Wade said Tuesday that Biden's comments were not directed at Palin who said in her acceptance speech last week that parents of disabled children would have "a friend and advocate in the White House."

"We've heard not a dime's worth of difference between the McCain-Palin ticket and the Bush Administration on medical breakthroughs that millions of parents and doctors believe could save lives and transform the quality of life for countless Americans," Wade said.

Wade's point would probably be something a James Dobson type would want to hear.

Comments

I HAVE MUCH TO SAY ON THIS ISSUE BUT WILL JUST SAY ONCE MORE THAT EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH HAS BEEN PROVEN...TOTALLY UNNECESSARY. THIS RESEARCH HAS PRODUCED NO FRUIT, AND YET SKIN CELL AND STEM RESEARCH HAS SOME PROVEN POTENTIAL. THIS RESEARCH HAS BEEN GOING ON PRIVATELY AND I AM NOT FOR IT, BUT THE GOV'T NEEDS TO STOP GETTING IN ALL THIS BUSINESS.
EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH IS ANOTHER MASSIVE EXPENSE GOING NOWHERE AND JUST AS IN ABORTION...THERE IS GREAT PROFIT FOR A FEW WHO ARE INVOLVED IN IT ALREADY. THIS IS A BIG WASTE. AN EMBRYO IN A TEST TUBE IS A LIFE JUST AS ANY OTHER EMBRYO. WE NEED TO STOP PRODUCING THESE ALSO. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO HAVE A CHILD THAT DOESN'T INVOLVE KILLING MANY TO GET ONE IN THE FIRST PLACE.
AGAIN, THIS IS A BIG BUSINESS AND PROFIT FOR A FEW. BIDON IS INEFFECTIVE IN THE SENATE BECAUSE HE DOESN'T STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT...HE IS A CAREER SENATOR AND FOLLOWS HIS CROWD ONLY. I CHOOSE A PERSON WITH A REAL BACKBONE AND WHO IS WILLING TO TRY TO GET ALONG WITH THOSE ENTRENCHED ON BOTH THE REP. AND DEM. SIDE OF THINGS. I CHOOSE TO FOLLOW A REAL AMERICAN AND A REAL WOMAN FOR VICE PRESIDENT. PALIN IS 18 YEARS YOUNGER THAN I AND JUST AS I AM NOT A VICTIM, SHE IS NOT EITHER. FREEDOM IS IN THE HEART OF A PERSON AND SHE HAS THE HEART OF A FREE PERSON AND LIVES IT OUT IN HER LIFE. I GUESS I GOT OFF THE SUBJECT OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH...I WILL SAY ONCE AND FOR ALL, JUST SAY NO TO WHAT IS NOT RIGHT AND FIND ANOTHER WAY. AS FOR CRIMINALIZING ABORTION...WELL, THAT IS RIDICULES. THE CRIMINAL IS THE LIBERAL LEW MAKERS, COURTS AND THE ONES DOING THE ABORTIONS. JUST STOP LEGISLATING KILLING AN UNBORN AS SOME KIND OF RIGHT AND LET SOCIETY HELP PEOPLE IN THIS ISSUE OF 'INCONVENIENT' PREGNANCY.

Can you provide any research for the statements about emboyonic stem cell research being fruitless, or is this just an opinion, Susan. I would like to be able to provide some verfiable research and data on this issue to other people if you could tell me where you got your information. Thanks.

Ok, embryonic stem cell research, does not imply abortion, and killing an infant. There are massive amounts of cells that can be used in embryonic stem cell research in the Umbillycal cord, and no one would argue, at least I hope not) that the umbilical cord is something that should simply be thrown away as opposed to being used for some good purpose. Embryonic stem cell research could save millions of lives, and improve even more, So long as it is not done with aborted fetuses there should be no issue. The problem is that so many people cannot seperate the truth from the fiction about stem cells, just as they could not seperate the truth from the fiction about Obama and those ridiculous Muslim rumors. Stem cell research while costing money, would provide cures that would put countless right wing conservative doctors and pharmaceutical companies out of work. Think about how much money is spent on treating the disorders that could be erredicated with stem cell research. . . This is a similar argument for Cancer and AIDS research, when you have an illness that makes countless people rich, there is no real incentive to cure it, but there is alot of incentive for spreading misleading propaganda against any possible cure or remedy.

This is all just my opinion of course, (the keep them sick so we get rich campaign that is) I have no proof other than watching all the medication commercials and adds, seeing how they are now able to prolong the lifespan of an ill person, so long as you can afford treatment of course, without ever actually curing anything.

Ok, no more ranting from me, go ahead, take your shots at me, I'm sure you don't agree or have alot to refute all I've said.

God Bless.

There is a tremendous amount of stem cell research that has been incredibly successful utilizing adult stem cells only. This includes successful regeneration of spinal cord tissues using olfactory stem cells, regeneration of heart tissue using myoblasts, regeneration of healthy islet cells in the pancreas to reverse certain types of diabetes, bone marrow tansplants to regenerate healthy blood cells in patients with Leukemia, corneal regeneration, and now, to treat certain types of autoimmune disorders such as crohns disease and Lupus. In contrast, there has been no overwhelming evidence that using embryonic cells produces superior results. The original thought process was that because embryonic cells were undifferentiated, they could be harvested to reproduce all types of tissues. Since that time, however, scientists have been able to succesfuly identify sources for many different adult tissue specific stem cells, and in fact, their ability to succesfully regenerate healthy tissue is significantly more sure than with undifferentiated cells. Bottom line...If we are to be truly good stewards of God's gifts, we should continue to invest our resources in those technologies that have been proven successful instead of continuing to insist on research in an area that, to date, has yielded very little.

O.K. to do embryonic stem cell research you must first create an embryo--the first step of every living human being. Then you cut this young living human being up and play around with it. Can anybody object to that? Stem cells can be harvested from the umbilical cord, placental blood, and recent research has discovered several useful ways to create plenipotentary stem cells from several sources. Additional sources include fat cells, skin cells and such from which cures have already been developed. Embryonic stem cells continue to be an exotic and so far fruitless line of research whose only other value is that if you can claim to "own" the human being whose life you are taking, then you can claim the right to patent any cures developed and possibly make some big bucks. Everybody clear?

Can anyone provide any scientific research or results of research that bear out the assertions you are making--specifically that embryonic stem cell research is fruitless. Have there been no advances because of it? Have there been no discoveries? Or, is all of this just based on opinion? Is cord blood used in embryonic stem cell research, or not? In other words, is there any positive that comes from embryonic stem cell research. I don't want your opinions, I already know what the opinions on this site tend to be

Neither I nor anyone else nor any group is the world's conscience. No one is that perfect that they can afford to be. Would I do stem cell research? The question is too broad since use of other types of cells and their transformation from cells entirely different to stem cells prevents a simple answer. Those who are positively for or against this type of research are merely voicing their own predjudices, and an emag that caters to or encourages this type of opinion does so without the right to call itself Christian. Nor is this the only "poll" that tries to push people's buttons, and turn people against one another. As a Christian, I deplore this total lack of love for one another. As Christians we should be aware of the hate that hides behind this "polling".

As one those people that would supposedly be helped by embronic stem cell research; I decline. I have progressive Multiple Sclerosis and would not want any treatment that involved the murder of another human being.

Xians can use stem cells from placenta and umbilical cord. They are rich in CD34+ hemotopoietic cells which can transform into red or white cells and platelets. The body uses HLA markers to identify which cells belong in the body and those that don't and the greatest probability of an HLA match is when the donor is related, in fact twice as successful. Banked placental and umbilical cord stem cells could well save the life of other family members.

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Embryonic stem cell research is wrong.People try to justify it by saying that it has the potential to save many lives, but you can't kill one life to save another. Scientists call unborn babies zygotes, embryos an foetuses to try and make it seem as if it's not a life but just a bunch of cells. But it is a life, its a life from conception, and life at any stage of development is still important and sacred.God has a plan for everyones life, it says in the bible "before I formed you in the womb I knew you".You can't get in the way of Gods plan.You can't try to justify the murder of one life in order to save anther.Do two wrongs make a right? Besides embryonic stem cell research doesn't look very promising does it? There have been no cures yet and they can cause uncontrollable tumors when planted into a body.They murder an innocent,helpless human life to save someone elses life who then dies anyway, and keep throwing money at it which could be used to actually help people.All embryonic stem cell research is doing is giving people false hope.