Posted by: Christine Johnson | April 14, 2011

Politically Correct vs. Morally Correct

In The Stem-Cell War,  David Klinghoffer writes at National Review Online about how effective adult stem cells are in treating – and curing – diseases, which is a fact curiously overlooked by people who insist that conservatives, Republicans, and Christians are against “real science” because of their opposition to the use of embryonic stem cells.  You know, stem cells gotten by destroying human embryos (sometimes known as unborn human beings – when it’s convenient), which have produced exactly zero cures.  Zippo.  Nada.  Zilch.  Meantime, being ignored by the media in general are the dozens of cases of people treated with adult stem cells – people who make amazing recoveries or who go into long-term remissions.

I mean, have you heard about Laura Dominguez?

There is simply far too much good in this article for you to read only a few snippets.  You must be sure to click over and read the whole thing.

But, in case you need your appetite whetted, here’s a little sample for you:

An enduring liberal myth, that of the Republican “war on science,” got a subtle rebuke this week when the first and only patient to receive FDA-approved embryonic-stem-cell therapy publicly revealed his identity. Timothy J. Atchison, a 21-year-old nursing student, had been partially paralyzed in a car crash. Six months ago, scientists at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta sought to test on him the safety of a drug concocted from stem cells of the kind derived by destroying a human embryo.

Are you surprised to learn that this was the very first such clinical test of embryonic-stem-cell research (ESCR)? The news story about Timothy Atchison reminds us that unlike therapies from morally unobjectionable adult stem cells, embryonic stem cells so far have not cured anyone of anything.

“The Republican war on science” is a catchy phrase coined by journalist Chris Mooney in a 2005 book of the same name. According to the pervasively influential mythology, religious and other conservatives stand athwart medicine — and good science in other fields, too — in a campaign to force their antiquated beliefs on other people.

Well, let’s see now. Successful medical research has tangible results. People are healed, or they are not. From the hype that ESCR has received since 2001, when President Bush limited federal funding for it — a move reversed by President Obama — you might think it has shown the capacity to perform miracles. If so, you’ve been deceived. …

There are so many stories of success, but you have to purposely look for them, because they are not just under-reported in the mainstream media, these stories are completely ignored.

This one breaks my heart, only because I know someone who died from Scleroderma.  How long will we tolerate these cures being ignored and pushed aside in favor of unethical, life-destroying, ineffective embryonic stem cell research?


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