Worse than the distortion of the president?s policy is the false hope its opponents are spreading. Kass calls it ?cruel to suggest that stem-cell-based therapies are ?at our fingertips.?? According to ?our best scientists,? such therapies are ?at least several decades? away. But what you will not hear the politicians tell you is that adult stem cells are working now.
While the suffering of our fellow citizens and loved ones is heart-breaking, the answer doesn?t lie in ?recklessly trampling over [our] most cherished moral ideals,? as Kass put it. Rather it lies in taking full advantages of the research opportunities we have instead of ?playing politics with the sick??because, as Christians need to make clear, false hopes are often the biggest obstacle to real progress.
For further reading and information:
Leon Kass, ? Playing Politics with the Sick ,?
Charles Krauthammer, "An Edwards Outrage," Washington Post , 15 October 2004 , A23.
Jim Kelly, ? The Wrong Path: Mourning Christopher Reeve ,? National Review Online,
Wesley J. Smith, ? The ?Wrong? Cure: Adult stem cells get the shaft ,? National Review Online,
In an interview with Reader?s Digest, Christopher Reeve admitted that embryonic stem cells ?are not able to do much about chronic injuries.?
Mark Zimmerman, ? Why Can?t This Nation Back Stem Cell Research? ?
Gareth Cook, ? Harvard teams want OK to clone ,? Boston Globe,
BreakPoint Commentary No. 010813, ? At the Edge of the Unknown: Assessing the Stem Cell Controversy .? (Free registration required.)
BreakPoint Commentary No. 020313, ? Superman and Utilitarianism: Kindly Ignoring the Argument .? (Free registration required.)
BreakPoint Commentary No. 030225, ? Cloning Superman: Are We Sweeping Away Human Dignity? ?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 030227, ? ?A Short, Philosophical Hop, Skip, and Jump?: The Threat of Embryonic Research .?
Terence Jeffrey, ? Cloning by any other name still smells ,? Townhall.com,
Jane Burgermeister, ? Stem cell patent dispute ,? Scientist,
Charles Colson and
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