Embryonic stem cells are always a controversial topic, especially when politicians wrangle over whether the government should support the practice of harvesting them. Some argue that only embryonic stem cells are valuable, while others have shown that research employing adult or umbilical-cord-blood stem cells has greater success. This debate is not about facts, however, but about the very nature of the human person.
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives chose to support a full-scale funneling of tax dollars to pay for the direct killing of human embryos so that their stem cells could be used for research. While you and I might see immediately that such a decision is inhumane, others would tell you that it is the only right thing to do.
Among the many political types, Hollywood figures, and media personalities who advocate killing embryonic children, the argument goes something like this: Extra embryos are not doing anybody any good right now. Using them for scientific research is not only reasonable but necessary in our quest to find cures for such diseases as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Those fanatics who oppose our position are cruel; they do not want to see suffering relieved.
Of course, there is no evidence that a single research project involving embryonic stem cells has produced a positive result, but even if such evidence existed, we still would...