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“I Once Was Blind”

Abortion & Stem Cells

Human stem cells are miraculous.

The obvious ethical problem with embryonic stem cells is that the only way we get them is by killing embryos. There are now alternatives to embryonic stem cells, which remove the ethical problem by removing the necessity of killing embryos to get them.

Pro-lifers often argue against embryonic stem cell research, obviously, because we are opposed to killing embryos.

I agree with that argument, and I’d like to turn it around to argue something I haven’t seen, heard or thought of before: that the miraculous power of embryonic stem cells should cause us to oppose abortion in all cases except for saving the life of the mother.

Some abortion advocates semantically scuffle over whether we say that an embryo is a life or merely has “potential for life.”

Semantics aside, embryonic stem cells have amazing, wonder-working power!

Abort73.com quotes the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
“Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Serving as a sort of repair system for the body, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.”

Again, stem cells are truly miraculous!

But that miracle doesn’t belong to you, it doesn’t belong to me, it doesn’t belong to whomever it may help, and it doesn’t even belong to the mother or father. That miracle doesn’t belong to the scientific community or to society.

That miracle of life belongs to the embryo; to that child, that person.

The miraculous power in embryonic stem cells should cause us to defend the human rights of that human embryo.

(the whole article on stem cells at abort73.com is worth reading)


July 11, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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