Persuasive Essay: Embryonic Stem Cell Research Debate

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While the nation scrambles to take sides in the debate of embryonic stem cell research, President Bush pushed through the embryonic stem cell executive order in August 2001. This order restricted federal research grants to approximately 78 existing human embryonic stem cell lines currently in existence and prohibited federal funding of any new lines. In effect, the president said, “no” to the continued funding of the destruction of new human embryos. Recently, the House drew a line in the sand by passing the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 on a bipartisan vote of 238-194. As this debate grows, it is obvious that not all of the facts are being presented to the American public. Michael Kinsly in his article, “Taking Bush Personally”…show more content…
The embryo is not some pre-human cellular blob with no purpose. From the moment of conception, an embryo contains the genetic makeup of a human being. When an embryo's inner stem cell mass is removed, it is essentially killed. In this writer’s opinion, embryonic stem cell research should be more properly called “embryo sacrificial research” because it is much like Abraham sacrificing his son Isaac in the book of Genesis. The next question to be posed to the public is, “Are there any other effective alternatives to embryonic stem cell research?” To the surprise of many it is in the area of adult stem cell research that has documented the most clinical success. Adult stem cell research has had an impressive impact over a wide range of health conditions: various forms of cancer, brain disorders such as tumors and stroke, juvenile diabetes, spinal injuries, cardiac repair after a heart attack, and corneal damage, just to name a few. According to an article in the Genetic Engineering news, adult-type stem cells are derived mainly from the cells of the umbilical cord and placentas, which are abundantly available, and most importantly are saving lives now. This successful research poses no ethical problems whatsoever. In comparison to embryonic stem cells that have never helped

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