Stem Cell Research. Stem Cell Research. The Process The Benefits: If it is shown to be possible to convert stem cells into various cell/tissues, then they might be turned into: Pancreatic Cells - Strom Thurmond Brain Cells - Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Nancy Reagan
President Bush's Solomonic Question:
How to satisfy the demands of those who want stem cell research to continue while, at the same time, not offending those who believe that taking stem cells amounts to killing.
Use Stem cell lines taken from already created embryos (about 30-60)
Take from embryos created in fertility clinics in U.S. and abroad
No further lines can be developed and no further embryos can be created for these purposes
This restriction is limited to what federal funds can support
Back to the original question:
What is the status of the blastocyst?
The abortion question:
At what point do rights apply?
At conception, at 14 weeks, at quickening, at viability, at birth, etc.?
Are any of these points absolute or do rights accrue gradually?
If the rights at the blastocyst stage are minimal, then can they be over-ridden by other rights?
Is agreement on this question possible?