Sunday, May 1, 2011

Embryo’s for Jobs

Have you seen the people standing on the street corners holding signs that read “I’ll work for food?” It’s a scam. Instead of giving them money offer them a job. Tell them you’ll feed them (give them money) if they will cut your grass or paint your house etc. and see if they will accept. Now, the U.S. Appeals Court has allowed a similar scam by paying “researchers” for unnecessary and unethical embryonic stem cell research with federal (taxpayer’s) dollars.

President George W. Bush had issued an Executive Order restricting the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research in 2001. In 1996 Congress passed the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for "research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death greater than that allowed for research on fetuses in utero." 

Nevertheless, Barack Hussein Obama, who is an ardent supporter of embryonic stem cell research, on March 9, 2009, issued an Executive Order authorizing the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. At the signing Obama said the following regarding embryonic stem cell research: "Medical miracles do not happen simply by accident…  Promoting science isn't just about providing resources, it is also about protecting free and open inquiry, it is about letting scientists like those here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it's inconvenient especially when it's inconvenient. It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology. Too bad he does not take the same position regarding the HOAX of “Climate Change.” Obama continued, “I cannot guarantee that we will find the treatments and cures we seek. No president can promise that. But I can promise that we will seek them actively, responsibly, and with the urgency required to make up for lost ground."

Obama said, "Rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values. In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering." This coming from a man who also supports late term abortions and infanticide.

There are ethical and moral grounds for opposing embryonic stem cell research.  Some of which are: creating a life to take a life,
because in most cases the research process involves destroying the embryo. What’s next, making babies for spare body parts? What about human cloning?  Obama denies embryonic research would lead to human cloning and said, "And we will ensure that our government never opens the door to the use of cloning for human reproduction. It is dangerous, profoundly wrong, and has no place in our society, or any society." Some may say that statement is a contradiction. In Denmark they are creating designer babies, where “doctors” are playing with DNA to make the “perfect” child. In essence, some of these “doctors” are playing God. Moreover, many scientists have said embryonic stem cells are irrelevant to medical progress, because there have been scientific breakthroughs with adult stem cells. The scientists are also having results from adult and cord blood stem cells.

In contrast, according to Francis Collins the Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), embryonic stem cell research could not be conducted in the United States without Federal funding and calls the research necessary. Collins said NIH has invested more than $500 million (taxpayers’ dollars) in human embryonic stem-cell research. There has been a ban on human embryonic stem-cell research in the United States since U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth issued a preliminary injunction August 23, 2010 against the NIH from funding the research. However, on April 29, 2011 the DC Appeals Court, in a 2-1 decision reversed the decision of Justice Lamberth allowing federal funds to be used for embryonic stem cell research. Their reasoning: the scientists would be out of a job without federal funds. What?? The country is going bankrupt, yet these Judges believe the taxpayers should pick up the tab to keep these people employed. With that type of thinking no programs could be cut.

Collins said, “If the ban were upheld, it would result in the loss of more than 1,300 full-time or part-time jobs, as well as the potential loss of top U.S. scientific talent as lead scientists may be forced to move to other countries to pursue their cutting-edge research.” As I stated, others in the science/medical community are having success with adult stem cells, so why is there a need to use embryonic stem cells. Just like with Planned Parenthood, why does the research have to be federally funded? Whatever happened to using private venture capitalist money?

The Federal Government receives its money from the taxpayers. Article One, Section Seven of the U.S. Constitution states, “All Bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives, but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” Hence, the House of Representatives control the purse strings, because the revenue has to be raised to pay for programs, and they vote on who and what gets funded.  Embryonic
stem cell research should not be funded by the taxpayers. 

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