Skip to comments.The Unconscionable Claims of Michael J. Fox (must read)
Posted on 10/25/2006 7:15:04 PM PDT by Mr. Brightside
(Michael J. Fox) states,
"Stem cell research offers hope to millions of Americans ... But George Bush and Michael Steele would put limits on the most promising stem cell research."
Mr. Fox and his ads' sponsors are guilty of conflating embryonic stem cell research, which the GOP candidates and many Americans oppose for destroying a human life in the name of curing other people's diseases, with stem cell research in general, which includes adult stem cell research and umbilical cord blood stem cell research.
The only limits in question are on federal funding of new embryonic stem cell lines, requiring the sacrifice of new embryos.
The plain fact is that embryonic stem cell research is proving to be a bust. There are currently 72 therapies showing human benefits using adult stem cells and zero using embryonic stem cells. Scientifically-minded readers can review this medical journal article on the status of adult stem cell research. Adult stem cell therapies are already being advertised and promoted while no such treatments are even remotely in prospect for embryonic stem cell research.
The fact is that adult stem cells have already produced remarkable cures, whereas embryonic stem cells have failed. This should come as no great surprise to anyone with a background in high school biology. When an embryo is created by the union of the sperm and egg, the cells begin to divide, creating embryonic stem cells from which all future tissues and organs are derived. Within days, the embryonic cells differentiate into three cell layers - ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm. Cells in these layers continue to differentiate into tissues and organs. As the embryo matures into a fetus, child, and adult, some undifferentiated cells of the three types remain in various tissues such as bone marrow, fat, skin and olfactory tissue.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...
The only consolation is that Darth Vader is not real. What Michael J. Fox proposes would kill real younglings.
Fox has a right to be used ... his call. But this is another time dems have put up a person we can't answer. New York "widows", mother's of dead soldiers, and now someone suffering from a horrible disease. Why don't dems make their arguments the fair way - their ideas vs ours? Why the guilt trips and drama queen bits?
Also posted here:
I think this whole thing is really about abortion.
The message is easy to shoot holes into....the messenger has an MSM forcefield around him.
(cruel) When are the Donks going to mail out Michael J Fox bobble head dolls?
Regardless of my stance on the concept of stem cell research, I simply don't think the Federal government is the best entity to oversee medical research. Leave it up to private organizations and their backers and you'll get better management.
Great article, AC. Thanks.
If Fox thinks embryonic stem cell is so positive for a cure, he and, his wife can produce a baby. Then they can use the baby for research or to treat his disorder.
You know, if he is going to bitch and, lie about the Republican
Party put your money where your mouth is.
You're welcome, Victoria. You picked out the part that sums up the issue best, too.
>I think this whole thing is really about abortion.
Exactly. You'd think the ferocity with which Mike Fox holds to life would clue him and his ilk that ALL life is precious, not just his own behind.
Why hasn't Fox mentioned that any private company is completely free to conduct stem cell research if they like? Then he could go on to say that private companies are not rushing to conduct stem cell research because they realize that it would be a waste of their time and resources when compared to other forms of research. Stem cell research is not illegal at all, it just is not funded by the government. Of course, liberals couldn't function if their government masters weren't there to control and fund everything for them.
You mean like turning a discussion about green house gasses, which are a real issue, into "Global Warming" which is a naturally occurring event?
Or Gay Marriage, which is the destruction of marriage and thus the family, when they could care less about marriage.
This is backfiring on Fox in more ways than one. That commercial is absolutely disgusting. His career is over.
Pray for W and Our Troops
I hadn't thought of that angle, but you've made an excellent point.
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