Monday, August 1, 2005
Stem Cell Research Update

Update. Try this link and click on "send message". Let me know if this works for those of you that couldn't get it to send before.

Original Post: We, as Catholics, believe embryonic stem cell research is intrinsically evil and never acceptable because it requires the killing of a human embryo, a life (read more). We do, however, eagerly support adult stem cell research and umbilical cord stem cell research. Besides the morality, these forms of research have already helped people; no one has ever been helped by embryonic stem cell research.

As of today, July 29th, 2005, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has voiced his change of position on the matter and now supports embryonic stem cell research. I urge everyone to write to their Senators and urge them not to support S. 471, which funds embryonic stem cell research. Also, ask them to support S. 658 (ban on human cloning) and S. 1373 (ban the creation of human/animal chimeras).

13 comment(s):

del_button July 29, 2005 at 7:05 PM
Matthew said...

Where did the link take you?

You should just need to click on your state and select one of your senators. Then click on "send a message" under his/her picture. And then just repeat that for the other Senator.

What happened with the link?

del_button July 29, 2005 at 7:08 PM
Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever tried to create an animal-human chimera? I heard that it's possible to create a sterile chimp-human chimera through in-vitro fertilization, along the lines of a mule... Sorry that was off topic.

While I agree with you, Embryotic stem cell reseach is morally wrong, couldn't one make the argument that it hasn't helped anyone because research on it is so restricted.

On a side note, have you heard of the reanimation of a dog by U. S. scientists? What is your stance? I personally am against it, but is that because I am wary of new things or is it in fact morally wrong. During the first organ donations, people though organ donations were morally crooked. (Ever see the movie "THe Brain That Wouldn't Die?" 1950's horror b-movie about the evils or organ transplantation) Here's an article:,10117,15739502-13762,00.html Though it could be a hoax or the dogs are never truly kiled and are only brought within an inch of death. Are these scientists the modern-day Prometheus?

moneybags, what

del_button July 29, 2005 at 7:09 PM
Anonymous said...

Sorry, it looks like I got cut off at the end. I forgot my point, sorry.

del_button July 29, 2005 at 7:11 PM
Matthew said...

I have never heard of that with dogs, but I would be against it because when something has died it should not be turned back alive. I highly doubt if this is possible, and I certainly think this is against God's will.

del_button July 29, 2005 at 10:25 PM
Deacon Mike said...

Bill I have that trouble sometimes with those types of sites and what I do is copy and paste everything into my own email software and send it from there.

Hope that helps,

del_button July 29, 2005 at 10:27 PM
Matthew said...


Did you already send an email on these three important bills?

del_button July 30, 2005 at 4:31 AM
Raven said...

My question is, if they're going to destroy the embryo's anyway, why not turn them over to research where they'll do some good, instead of just throwing them into the incinerator?

I grant you, it's a delicate balance, but I think embryonic stem-cell research should be encouraged under strict conditions.

1. Embryo's may not be created in a labratory for the express purpose of harvesting stem cells.

2. Only Embryo's slated for destruction may be used.

3. Every effort must be completly exhausted to adopt existing embryo's before being turned over for research.

Here I see a point of contention though. Many couples have expressed their uneasiness with allowing frozen embryo's to be adopted (a child of mine running around in the world that I've never seen). In this case couples should be allowed to donate these embryo's directly to research.

God Bless.

del_button July 30, 2005 at 10:21 AM
Matthew said...

I realize that these embryos all come from INVITRO fertilization clinics. What is the Church's position on these clinics? Wouldn't it be better just to get rid of them to stop the destruction of embryos and increase adoption?

del_button July 30, 2005 at 7:26 PM
Anonymous said...

But adoption often is not the right choice for some couples. Some want biologicallly related children. If your argument is that if God wanted them to have children, they would be more fertile, couldn't an equally legitimate argument be "if man were meant to fly, he'd have wings." I don't suppose you want us to ban airplanes?

del_button July 31, 2005 at 5:43 PM
Matthew said...

Mr. Bittersworth,

In airplanes we travel not "fly". And, as Bill just said, the sanctity of life is the issue. Life is more precious than these other issues. That is why adoption should be over INVITRO or other methods. Adoption saves lives.

del_button November 9, 2005 at 7:23 AM
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del_button November 9, 2005 at 5:13 PM
Matthew said...

Thank you so much, adult stem cells for your encouraging words. I'm glad my blog has helped you.


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