By reversing a ban on the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and forcing health care workers to participate in abortions despite their religious/moral convictions, president Barrack Obama has become the most pro-abortion president in the history of the United States. The reversal of the embryonic stem cell ban is completely unnecessary. All it does is force taxpayers to flip the bill for research that has already been funded by the private sector. In addition, many people believe that George W. Bush banned research on embryonic stem cell lines. He did not. The former president only banned the research and experimentation on embryos that were created after the year 2001. He reasoned that embryos produced prior to the year 2001 would be wasted and therefore might as well be put to good use. In many ways it was a compromise position, using the ends to justify the means.
The sad part is that scientists have seen no tangible benefits from the research and experiments conducted using these existing lines. In contrast however, adult stem cells – those taken from one’s own body, have proven to be very promising with breakthroughs having occurred in a relatively short time.
In light of this evidence, one is left to wonder if there is not a more philosophical or sinister motive at work here. President Obama and his allies have gone on record to say that the lifting of this ban will allow science to move forward without political interference. It would seem to me that the political interference is coming from those who support the reversal of the ban. What I am suggesting is that their motives may be more ideological than scientific.
It would not be unreasonable to suggest that a ban on embryonic stem cell research reinforces the belief that life begins at conception, otherwise what would be the point of the ban. And if life does begin at conception, abortion supporters may be worried that this will lead to further restrictions on abortion. This is something that many on the radical pro-abortion side of this debate will not tolerate. To acknowledge that an embryo is a human life is an abomination to these people and thus the stem cell ban would serve to remind them of this fact.
Finally, it would not be unwise to consider what Dr. George W. Corner, the great endocrinologist and research scientist had to say in 1940’s about the beginning of life:
“The fertilization of an egg by the sperm is one of the greatest wonders of nature, an event in which magnificently small fragments of…life are driven by cosmic forces to their appointed end, the growth of a living human being. As a spectacle, it can be compared only with an eclipse of the sun, or the eruption of a volcano. It is in fact the most common and nearest to us of nature’s cataclysms, and yet it is very seldom observed because it occurs in a realm most people never see – the region of microscopic things.”
Unfortunately, the consciences of those who advocate abortion on demand have been so seared that they refuse to accept what their eyes can see and their hearts know to be true. All life is precious and should be protected from conception to natural death.