I think that one reason fetal stem cell research is opposed by so many is that the very idea and act of abortion is so oppositional. It's a bridge we would have to cross to say, "well if the baby is going to be discarded anyway"....it's just too hard to do this. Not that I will ever sit in judgement of a woman who has had an abortion. Only God knows her heart, her circumstance...and while He would never condone the act, He does love that woman very much. I also want to be clear that while I oppose abortion, I would never, ever condone the actions of many anti abortionists who have harmed others in their protests. And in the case of in vitro fertilization, I believe that life begins at conception, and to deliberately bring a life into being to destroy it in the name of research....I just can't condone.
Monday, October 30, 2006
stem cell research
I think the better alternative is using umbilical cord blood, placentas and adult stem cells. This has been proven to be effective and has already been used to treat many diseases. Embryonic stem cells have yet been used to treat the first disease....yes....it might be said that its because of the opposition to the research...but there has been research for both, and it is documented that its the adult stem cells where there has been success. I know that depending on the prevailing beliefs of the one doing the research, data can be found to support either side.
I am a nurse and have experience in Labor and Delivery. That's where I worked during both of my pregnancies. I worked the night shift...one night we had no patients...I was 12 weeks pregnant, and we got the bright idea to hook me up on the sonogram machine we had just gotten in the department. I was amazed. At 12 weeks we were looking at a little baby....she was moving all around, and at one point, she startled...throwing out all limbs....you could actually see all fingers and toes! Never again did we see all of her, but I think at that particular time, she was small enough that we got her whole image on the screen. I'm telling you this because it's at 12 weeks that a lot of abortions are performed. I believe that if mom's could see what that little fetus really looked like at that stage, there would be fewer abortions.