From time to time I run into discussions on the topic of embryonic stem cell research. Specifically I am typically chastened for being a pro-life Catholic Christian who is once again opposing something “wonderful” in its scientific possibilities because of my “backward” faith. Yes, ignorance abounds, but as is typically the case, the ignorance is not on the behalf of my Catholic faith.
First, for those that may not know, stem cells as per the Wikipedia definition are defined thusly:
“Stem cells are biological cells found in all multicellular organisms, that can divide (through mitosis) and differentiate into diverse specialized cell types and can self-renew to produce more stem cells. In mammals, there are two broad types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells, which are isolated from the inner cell mass of blastocysts, and adult stem cells, which are found in various tissues. In adult organisms, stem cells and progenitor cells act as a repair system for the body, replenishing adult tissues. In a developing embryo, stem cells can differentiate into all the specialized cells (these are called pluripotent cells), but also maintain the normal turnover of regenerative organs, such as blood, skin, or intestinal tissues.”
Now let’s stop and look at a few facts. Embryonic stem cell research over the past thirty years has been unable to cure a single human disease. Not a single solitary one. Not one more than the combined scruples of Reid, Pelosi, and Obama together. Zip. Nada. Zero. Nothing.
Adult stem cell research, on the other hand, has proven to be wildly successful over the years. By the way, it is also fully supported by the Catholic Church. Indeed ADULT stem cell research has been successfully used to cure certain types of ovarian cancer, testicular cancer, lymphoma, and leukemia. It has similarly seen wonderful success in curing lupus, treating blindness and vision loss, placing severe Crohn’s disease patients into remission, curing rheumatoid arthritis, healing diseased hearts, and even putting brain tumors into remission.
So this brings us to a very troubling question: Why would some people continue to champion morally unethical life-destroying embryonic stem cell research, which has shown to have no tangible positive results over the course of three decades, over that of adult stem cell research which has been wildly successful without having any ethical complications whatsoever?
It confounds logic to think that adult stem cell research has greatly advanced medicine, while embryonic stem cell research has nothing to show for its case except the destruction of human embryos. In fact, even the state of California has ended its funding of embryonic stem cell research as being ineffective accordingly. When even the morally questionable state of California realizes the futility of throwing additional tax payer money at embryonic stem cell research, that should definitely be a red flag to those with a modicum of common sense remaining.
And yet there are still those that think us pro-life Christians are anti-science. Indeed, if that is the best example of anti-science Christian bigotry to which they can point, I think the world could use a whole lot more of that kind of “backwards Christianity”.