I believe that the recent lifting of the ban on stem cell research has the potential to do far more good than harm in America. It is easy to look at the potential for harm, but in a world where diseases are claiming many people who never reach their full potential in life, we cannot and should not ignore the very valuable information that can be gleaned from extensive stem cell research.
Further, I believe that a fertilized human egg is not a potential person without the perfect lining of a woman’s uterus and the development of a perfect placenta within that uterus. Even then, many are spontaneously aborted due to some problem that may never be known to the woman who loses that pregnancy. I believe that looking at an egg fertilized in a test tube as a human life serves to minimize the essential role of women in the world. Childbearing is a gift given to women who choose to have children. It is a woman and only a woman who can carry and give birth to a human baby.
I believe it’s past the time when we should lallow concern about the negative possibilities of stem cell research, and focus on the amazing discoveries yet to be made for people with Altzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other horrible diseases.
We have reached a point in history where we all have to try to work together to make the world a better place. I believe that scientific research must move forward. It is time to stop the arguments about who is right in terms of when life actually begins, and to recognize that unwanted fertilized eggs are just that; unwanted fertilized eggs. They can and should be used to do tremendous good.
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