“Scientific Integrity”

Well, we new it was coming. It looks like President Obama is going to reverse the Bush policy on federal funding for stem cell research on Monday. This isn’t surprising since candidate Obama made clear his lack of concern for the unborn. In fact he was probably the most ant-life candidate we’ve ever seen. And to make matters worse we have to listen to sanctimonious bullshit like this:

The aim of the policy is to restore “scientific integrity” to the process, the administration official said.

Which is really just the opposite of what Obama is doing. As we’ve seen in other areas of his administration already, Obama doesn’t care about ethics – just results. As the article points out toward the end, there have been several breakthroughs with other types of stem cells that don’t require the destruction of embryos, especially those found in amniotic fluid and umbilical chord blood. And if stem cells were the panacea that opponents of Bush’s policy claimed, private groups would be rushing to fund it in the hopes of cashing in. But this is the kind of stuff we can look forward to from a president who has no regard for life.

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2 thoughts on ““Scientific Integrity”

  1. I was actually embarrassed when Bush made a law to stop research on stem cells / cloning. Science is one thing the US is actually pretty strong in. Bush’s decision has now left us in the dark ages and it will unfortunately take us a while to catch back up.

    Unethical? Hmmm…. It was also unethical to for organ transplants back in the day; we were acting like god. Somehow I bet if someone in your immediate family needed a kidney you would do what used to be “unethical”…

    There are so many potential uses for stem cells. The uses will also become common place.

    I just wonder if you would stick to your guns when you might need one of these therapies. Say in 20 years you have a stroke and are unable to communicate with your family. You just sit there and your family says “I feel so sorry for him.” Would you take a treatment that you say was unethically created to let you speak again? My guess… I bet you would.

  2. C, let me answer the points in your comment one at a time.

    First, Bush did not stop research on embryonic stem cells. His policy did not allow any federal funds to go to embryonic stem cell research outside of the few stem cell “lines” that already existed. So, federal money still went to research on those lines and anyone was free to use private funding to do any type of stem cell research they wanted. The opponents of his policy and the media always called it a ban. But it clearly wasn’t. All Bush did was remove federal funding from a controversial, ethically questionable process.

    The organ transplant analogy doesn’t hold up. I assume you are talking about back in the 17th and 18th century. The difference with stem cell research and harvesting organs is that embryonic stem cell research destroys life whereas organ harvesting is done from a corpse (unless you’re in China).

    Thirdly, you are correct. There are so many potential uses for stem cells. But, regardless of the potential, we have to be careful as a society with the “ends justify the means” mindset. That’s why it was such a breakthrough when it was recently discovered that stem cells found in amniotic fluid and umbilical cord blood could be made to do the same thing as embryonic stem cells – because it removed the ethical problem of destroying embryos.

    Fourthly, I can tell you that without a doubt, no matter the circumstances I will “stick to my guns”. Having said that, it’s possible that I might have already taken a treatment that I might have thought was unethically created. I don’t know the research that has been done on everything my doctor gives me. But whether I have or haven’t, whether I would or wouldn’t has no bearing on the rightness or wrongness of it. We’ve all done things that we knew were wrong. That doesn’t change the fact that it was wrong.

    Thanks for the comment.

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