It may provide a cure for cancer, brain tumors, diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome, infertility, hypertension, endometriosis, ulcers and even AIDS.
These bold claims were made in the late 1980s and early 1990s, not on behalf of embryonic stem cell research, but for the abortion pill RU-486 or Mifepristone. The left – more specifically the abortion/feminist lobby – boldly asserted that this deadly drug could be the cure for everything from ingrown toenails to aging, all for the purpose of getting our government to lift the import ban on the chemical abortion pill.
Funny thing, after the Clinton FDA approved RU-486 for abortions, we stopped hearing about the “possible” beneficial uses of the drug. For the record: Mifepristone has not completed clinical trials for any of these other uses.
However, the media swallowed the claims thrown out by the abortion lobby hook, line and sinker. Now we are seeing the media led down the garden path by drug companies, left-wing politicians, the abortion/feminist lobby and Hollywood stars like Michael J. Fox in support of massive public outlays for embryonic stem cell research.
It is now being reported as fact that this research will lead to cures for every affliction known to man. As it was with RU-486, we also are being told that embryonic stem cells may prevent aging and unlock the keys to a virtual fountain of youth. In the 1500s, Ponce de Leon used that one on Queen Isabella!
Despite the millions that have been spent on embryonic stem cell research, the return on this investment is zilch! There are no approved treatments using embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells have proven so unstable, there are no ESC treatments that have been approved for human trials.
Meanwhile, the research on adult stem cells has been nothing short of astonishing. Diseases for which adult stem cells have been approved for human testing include Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, diabetes, lupus, Evans syndrome, rheumatic disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and cancer. In fact, many adult stem cell anti-cancer treatments are already in routine use. Also, research on adult stem cells for the repair of heart muscle, brain tissue and spinal injuries has produced promising results.
The motives of scientists and drug companies involved in embryonic stem cell research are clear: There is a huge industry out there and, after 50 years of failures, privative funding for this research has dried up. They are desperate! If Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, is simply concerned about finding a cure for his affliction, why has he failed to celebrate the medical advances with adult stem cells?
It is possible that he really has not studied this issue or learned to think for himself. He may be a good actor but, to be charitable, he may not be one of the brightest people on earth. He could be easily led or could have purely political or even more sinister motives.
Why is he spending his time demonizing lawmakers who have moral concerns about sacrificing the lives of tiny human beings? Why is he beating the drums for more of our limited resources to be poured into the dry hole of embryonic stem cell research?
Why are all the radical feminists’ organizations jumping on this same bandwagon? What does this dry hole have to do with advancing the cause of women? It is all about finding some moral high ground for their pet issue, abortion. The easiest way to do that is to promote the idea that life, or in the case of the embryo – some life – really isn’t worth much.
It is the historic clash of two value systems: One value system holds that human beings are the product of matter, energy and chance. Therefore, everything is situational; anything goes.
The other value systems holds that there is a creator God, in whose image we are made. That value system has moral absolutes based on His character, revealed in His word. The Bible says, “Thou shall not murder.” This value system never could permit the deliberate killing of any individual – no matter how small – for the benefit of another.
Those who adhere to the godless value system have no problem with lying or misleading to achieve their goals. Some of these people talk about praying to God, but it’s obvious: The only god in which they believe is themselves.