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" Fuck Michael J. Fox Destruction of the human embryo is a moral… 
22nd-Jun-2007 08:07 pm
"Fuck Michael J. Fox Destruction of the human embryo is a moral line I will not cross."

- Worst President Ever

There are 3546 dead soldiers...

and even more innocent Iraqis...

but the otherwise useless embryos are safe.
23rd-Jun-2007 12:22 am (UTC)
"Worst President Ever" is being far, far, far, far, far (ad infinituum), too kind.
23rd-Jun-2007 02:49 am (UTC)
Hey I'm all for that baby crapping on him. He would scare me too sweetpea. The mean monkey can't get you.

I wonder if there are any laws against me willingly donating my embryos or eggs for stem cell research? because if there's not why don't we just have every woman who wants to, do it and then researchers might get the resources they need. I think if everyone who claimed to think stem cell research was okay would just donate money to the research, things might get better.

I know a naive thought. BTW I went to anysoldier.com and sent two care packages and now all my coworkers and their kids are doing it too. One is even adopting a platoon! For those times you feel hoarse and like no one's listening, someone is.
23rd-Jun-2007 08:08 am (UTC)
I think that the main point of the anti-stem-cell research laws is to prevent voluntary donations.

Dead fetuses (from miscarriages, abortions, etc.) are already dead, so nobody else dies if they are used for research. However, if research is legal and profitable, it allows poor women to get themselves pregnant and have abortions (and get paid by research companies who have too many dollars and two few fetuses), much like many people make a living by donating blood over and over again. These are abortions that would not have otherwise occurred, and are a direct result of the research. By making such research illegal, they hope to cut off the demand for a "genocidal product".
23rd-Jun-2007 03:58 am (UTC)
The reason those useless embryos are safe is because someone's making a shitload of money off their storage and future implantation. If Corporate America could figure out how to reap a financial killing off dead soldiers and Iraqi civilians . . . okay, scratch that; they have, if Blackwater's any indication.

Hell should be decided upon by a committee of those who you've wronged. And George W. Bush's committee should be comprised of maimed Iraqi War veterans and Iraqi victims of the insurgency.

23rd-Jun-2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty much betting Bush is keeping stem-cell research down to appease his cronies in big pharma.. more profitable to treat a disease than cure it.
23rd-Jun-2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
We are a pro-stem cell family here.

Jillian especially is very upset every time they try to regulate this field of science. She has good reason. Having had a stroke *before* she was born she has cerebral palsy. It affected her whole right side including her insides like her right lung which makes it hard for her to cough up stuff so respiratory illnesses are very hard on her.

She can't use her right hand at all so when other 16 year olds were driving she couldn't and still doesn't because it costs so much to get a car adapted so she can reach the different things like the gear shift, the radio, defogger, wipers, etc.

She limps and will probably need surgery again this year to lengthen her heel cord because she keeps spraining her ankle. She shoulder is drooping and her spine is curving because of the difference in the length of her legs.

She drools if she tries to talk too fast. Which is very embarrassing to a young woman in front of young men. She needs help cutting a steak or other meat so she wonders how she will handle dinners out when she starts dating.

And then she gets the ignorant remarks when people hear she has cerebral palsy like "but she doesn't look retarded". I have to then explain that she has a very high IQ and that cerebral palsy is a muscular problem not mental retardation. This has been going on since grade school and some of it from teachers who should have known better!

She wants of course to be able to do things normally. She wants science to be able to fix this so she can do things that other people take for granted like using both hands to cook. She loves baking and would love to be a pastry chef but has to have help to scrape out a mixing bowl. It's these things that may not seem like a lot but with stem cell research they might find a way to help regenerate her cells so her brain could tell her muscles to work.

Then of course she has watched as her family has died one by one of cancer and hopes that they can use stem cell research to find a cure.

If abortions are legal and the by product of that abortion is going to be discarded then why not use it for a better good?

Sorry to go off on a rant but this subject is very close to my heart because I have watched Jillian suffer from the effects of this problem since birth. She is perfect to me but I know how she has suffered both physically and emotionally because of this and if stem cell research could fix this and other health problems then they should get on with doing the research.

It would be a better use of our billions of tax dollars than sending it to Iraq to let people die. This could save millions of lives.

24th-Jun-2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
In the aspect of watching a loved one suffer with something that could potentially be cured with SCR, I feel your pain.

I've watched 2 grandmothers die slowly and painfully due to Alzheimers. I once counted as my Maw-Maw asked me 16 times in 1 hour who my boyfriend was, and I gave her a different answer every time, just to see if once she'd remember it. My Granny went through the same thing almost a decade later, and it broke my heart to watch this once active loving woman become like a 3 year old again.

With so much possibility in SCR, I don't understand how anyone, in ANY position of power, could possibly say that it's morally wrong. Isn't it morally wrong that we as a society tend to hide away our elderly, our sick or infirm, just so they won't make us look bad?

It makes me wonder: If another country did all the SCR they could, and their version of the FDA approved all their findings and conclusions, how many people would be on the next plane out of the US for treatment? Would it take that many people leaving the country before our own leaders would say that this is a good idea?

Bush is such a moron. Hey Brad - do we have a countdown on his final days in office? I have to admit, I'm wondering if the presidential curse of zeros is going to pick back up again with him. (Those unaware - every president elected in a year ending in zero has died in office, up until Reagan) There's still time!
24th-Jun-2007 08:37 am (UTC)
Just as I was giving up faith in humankind I came across this.
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