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Do you agree with President Obama's lifting of restraints on stem cell research?

Yes 59% 521 votes
No 34% 304 votes
Not sure 6% 55 votes
Total Votes: 880

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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March 11, 2009
5:03 a.m.

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mrmjs ( mrmjs ) says...

Wonder if Obama will have a program to increase abortions so there will be more fetus,s for scientific study ? If you think the world can not get any worse, just wait and see !

March 11, 2009
8:30 a.m.

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silbernagel ( silbernagel ) says...

3 questions for you to ponder: 1) Since there was never a ban on stem cell research in the US or in the world, where are the miracle cures from embrionic stem cells? 2) Since stem cell research is ongoing already funded by private enterprise and other governments is this more about harvesting the US taxpayer's money than about harvesting embrionic stem cells? 3) Would you personally receive a treatment if in doing so you are destroying human life?

March 11, 2009
9:36 a.m.

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mpellet ( mpellet ) says...

I second "silbernagel's" comments. It has already been shown that embryonic stem cell research has produced nothing. Whereas, adult stem cell has been successful.
Why is YOUR life or someone you know, worth more than the life you are destroying?
Stop playing God.

March 11, 2009
2:56 p.m.

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Dr_Chim_Richolds ( Dr_Chim_Richolds ) says...

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http://www.isscr.org/science/faq.htm#1

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March 11, 2009
4:52 p.m.

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PandaBear ( PandaBear ) says...

Sounds as though someone needs to do some research. The facts show that embryonic stem cell research has produced absolutely no results. I happen to know someone who worked with researching and developing the adult stem cell and it has been very successful. To top that off, adult stem cell does NOT destroy a human life. No one but a barbarian would agree with embryonic stem cell research where humans are created with the specific intention of killing them for someone else's benefit! I, for one, would not want someone else killed so that I could live! I guess I have a conscience where some others don't seem to.
And you know, I'm tired of hearing people talk about so-called "pro-choice." If you are pro-choice, what's the choice you are giving that unborn baby when you kill him/her?! They have as much right to live as you do! So knock off the pro-choice garbage until you understand what choice actually means!
And I don't know what a "rebulicant" is as mentioned in one comment here saying they are going to hell. I highly doubt that though. But I do know for certain that there is definitely a place reserved in hell for the abortionists who continue to murder innocent babies even after they know it is wrong. The innocent blood of those babies, now in heaven, is crying out against this great crime of abortion.
The abortion holocaust needs to stop now!

March 11, 2009
8:45 p.m.

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Artrina ( Artrina ) says...

I believe my husbands' life would have been saved if there had been more research with ADULT stem cells and less on embryonic. If the money and time that people had spent to fight Bush had been spent on actual research that WAS allowed I think a lot of good would have been done.

America doesn't have the only researchers working with embryonic stem cells. Why hasn't some even halfway decent breakthru come from another country if there was one to be found?

March 12, 2009
2:32 a.m.

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Rick ( Rick ) says...

It's a no brainer until one considers that human embryos are destroyed to harvest the stem cells.

March 12, 2009
8:33 a.m.

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fyrefly65 ( fyrefly65 ) says...

If a woman gets pregnant and has a child, she has a child she doesn't want, yet won't give it up for adoption, are you pro-lifers going to come and save all these neglected children? Sometimes people do things they feel is the right choice, and they have a right, it's their body. I believe if someone has already made that choice, instead of wasting what is there, make a miracle out of it.

March 12, 2009
8:11 p.m.

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martymefurst ( martymefurst ) says...

Pandabear, as long as your side keeps making unfounded and irrational emotional appeals like "innocent babies crying out in heaven" and "abortion holocaust," reasonable people who prefer to weigh the issues based on facts are not going to take you seriously. One fact is that the terminated are fetuses, not babies, it's a distinction that any child could make and I don't see why so many supposed adults have a hard time with it, and the argument over whether they have a soul or not means nothing to me. Personally, I don't care. Abortion is a non issue that needs to get off of the national stage. It's icky and irresponsable and I don't like it, but since I don't possess ovaries it's not my choice and it has no relevance to my life. If you don't like it, don't have one.

March 12, 2009
8:38 p.m.

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martymefurst ( martymefurst ) says...

OK, I'm on a roll now. A question for pro-lifers: what is your platform on the death penalty and on wars of aggression, such as the unprovoked war in Iraq? Does your interest in human life end when the baby gets it's first lung full of oxygen, or do you really believe that all life is sacred before your god, whatever your feelings on whether an individual deserves a life or not? When you use terms like "abortion holocaust," do you do so with the realization that six million people with actual names and an ability to feel pain and a full range of human emotions, people who could have articulated their suffering with a real language, died in a barbaric genocide? Or do you throw the word around casually, like those PETA dimwits calling my hamburger an "animal holocaust?" Once again I'll state that I don't like abortion: I don't recommend it, and silly old me thinks that if a person is not prepared for the potential consequences of sex they should keep their flies zipped lest those frisky gametes meet up, but it's not rational to hold everyone to my *personal* views on a topic that is so widely debated.

March 12, 2009
10:21 p.m.

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TomBaker ( TomBaker ) says...

Marty, I don't understand their rationale either.

March 13, 2009
9:43 a.m.

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jbuff ( jbuff ) says...

I am pro-life and would be happy to respond. Fyrefly65, if it was just a woman's body, I would agree with you. But we're talking about someone else's body all together. A separate person with separate DNA. Abortion is the killing of an innocent life, there is no getting around that fact.

Martymefurst, as to the term "abortion holocaust", it is used because we are approaching the 50 million legal surgical abortion mark which is quite a bit larger than the six million you stated. That's just in the U.S.A.. I think it's a fair description.

As to the fetus vs. baby debate, at what point to you think it is "okay" to kill an unborn child? Science can now save the "unborn" very early in it's gestational phase. We also know that the unborn can feel pain in the first trimester. Yet viable "unborns" are still being aborted legally in this country, right up to their due date. Do you support using medication to numb the baby before the killing? Some will jump through hoops to save the whales or the caribou, but look the other way to save a human life.

My position on the death penalty and war is the same as that of the Catholic Church. The death penalty should only be used when there is no other option. The Vatican declared that the war in Iraq did not fit the definition of a just war.

All life is sacred from the womb to the tomb. You are going to see a real push in the future to legalize Euthanasia. Why? Because we don't have the resources to care for our growing elderly population, buts it's proponents will try to convince you that you are being more loving by not being a "burden" to your family members.

I do agree with you that throwing the "holocaust" term around and other impassioned religious terms is ineffective in the battle against abortion. Research continues to prove that abortion hurts women emotionally, psychologically and physically, although the cover-up of these findings is being compared to the tobacco industry. Polls indicate that our country is becoming more pro-life. I think it is due to the growing number of women who have suffered from an abortion and realize that it is not the loving answer to an unplanned pregnancy. For more info on how abortion hurts women, www.unchoice.com is a good start. As well as www.silentnomore.com.

As to pro-lifers supporting the babies that are saved from abortion, it is a myth that we turn a blind eye. I see emails striving for adoptive parents all the time, especially for babies with disabilities and every single time, a follow up email will come asking people to stop offering to adopt as they are being flooded with offers.

This issue can be worked at together as long as we continue the discussion and we are willing to look into what the opposition says. I don't see a lot of that going on unfortunately.

March 13, 2009
9:49 a.m.

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jbuff ( jbuff ) says...

I just wanted to add, that I used to be pro-choice until I looked into it's negative effects.

March 13, 2009
10:54 a.m.

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fotogirl30 ( fotogirl30 ) says...

I'm I mistaken, but this is not an abortion debate.
For all you pro-lifers out there, I hope you never go to a hospital, and get treatment for anything, EVER. Has any of you ever considered that with out medical research their would be no treatment for anything, AT ALL. Think of vaccines, operations, cancer treatment. The research for these were all done on human beings, before it was made main stream treatment. As far as stem cell research goes, it is being done around the world. So why wouldn't the super power of the world lead the way. It has been proven that it reverses muscular dystrophy in people that haven't been able to walk for years. People that have been immobilized for years are now walking and have a chance to live with out a wheel chair. Are all you saying that none of you don't know any one that would benefit from stem cell research. No one you know has Alzheimer disease, cerebral palsy, MS, or MD, or even cancer for that matter. Wouldn't you like to walk into a doctors office and know there is hope out there for your dying friend or family member.
Stem cell research is not abortion!!!!
These doctors and researchers do not go up to pregnant woman and steal there unborn children. These stem cells are made specifically for research. And for all you, that think its playing god. I guess you don't plan on living after the ripe old age of 45 do you, because without science and medicine to play god. You will be dying from some disease that you will eventually get with out all those pesky god playing doctors around to save YOUR life.

March 13, 2009
1:58 p.m.

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gwilbur ( gwilbur ) says...

fotogirl30: Regarding medicine, Christians who object to fetal stem cell research are not against medicine or medical research. We are against an immoral and unethical practice that degrades all human life through its utilitarian and exploitative approach to that life. No doctor or researcher can subject you to any medical experiments without your consent. Your view allows for a class of human beings who do not have that same right.

Martymefurst: Being pro-life means encouraging all moral and ethical behavior that benefits people, while be against all immoral and unethical behavior that seeks to inhibit another person's right to live a full and meaningful life. The Iraq war is an unjust war and as such our leaders and our nation as a whole is culpable for the needless death and suffering that has occurred there.

I do not understand your approach to abortion, though. Government exists largely to protect our rights as individuals and families. As such, laws are based upon morality. If we believe that abortion is immoral and impacts the rights of others (the unborn), we should indeed seek to impose that upon others via our laws. It is no different than believing that assault and theft are wrong, and therefore expecting laws that are designed to protect innocent people from being assaulted and from having their possessions stolen.

March 13, 2009
3:12 p.m.

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jbuff ( jbuff ) says...

Fotogirl,
Christians are not against stem cell research. They are against EMBRYONIC stem cell research. Adult stem cell research is the ONLY stem cell research that has brought forth any cures and many scientists have said that it makes embryonic stem cell research moot. Check out Kathleen Parker's column in the TU today. The only experimentation done w/ embryonic stem cells has brought about more suffering for the patients, including tumors. Too many people are under misconceptions about this issue.

 

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