The Government should NOT Fund Stem Cell Research
Stem cells look to be nothing more than a hollow sphere composed of a clump of tiny,
roundish balls. In reality, they are much more than that. Those 40 cells contain all the
potential to become a living, breathing human being. Many scientists believe that these
cells also have the potential to cure a myriad of diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and many others. The cells of the four day old human embryo can be programmed to become virtually any cell in the body making them a very valuable commodity. All this sounds very promising until one realizes the cost of
acquiring these miracle cells. Gathering stem cells from human embryos can be looked
at as nothing less that taking a life. (Begley 23)
There are multiple reasons that the government should not fund research on embryonic stem cells but the most important has got to be the inevitable destruction of
life involved. What good is saving lives when they are being taken at the same time?
How much sense does that make? Who are we to decide whether these embryos get their
chance at life or not? Making a decision like that is playing God. Pure and simple. We
don’t even know for sure that stem cells can live up to the expectations that scientists
have for them. That fact makes stem cell research nothing more than a gamble that
might save some lives, but will definitely cost some in the process. Can it really be worth it?
Even if stem cells could turn out to be the miracle cure that scientists hope they
are, think of the effect on the population and economy. Imagine what it would be like if
there was a sharp increase in the elderly population. Perhaps two or three times the
number of citizens eligible for social security. The drain that such an occurrence would
put on the economy is almost immeasurable. It would lead to a host of undesirable
effects, most notably an inevitable tax increase to support all of the elderly who would
depend on their monthly social security check as their only source of income.
While the harvesting of embryonic stem cells should be out of the question,
research on adult stem cells could be looked at as a very real possibility. As Sen. Sam
Brownback put it why “kill anybody,” when we can use the cells of willing adults for
research by simply drawing blood. Last fall, researchers announced that they been able to transform human bone marrow cells into neurons. This research is a substantial piece of evidence in the campaign for the use of adult stem cells instead of the embryonic variety.
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