There are various ways to obtain stem cells, and some are not so controversial. We should continue using and experimenting with stem cells, because they allow us to go into a world that we have not quite encountered, and it could hold a lot of potential for all sorts of breakthroughs for us.
This should have been Adult Stem Cell Vs. Embryonic Stem Cell research
It is wasteful to not use them and leave them frozen because they don't benefit from it nor do we. People can have their lives saved and improved and not using them is selfish and harmful. Leaving the embryos does not benefit anyone. An embryo can't even think for itself or do human actions; it is hardly a human being.
Stem cells could possibly be the cure to many of the big issues around the world such as cancer, Parkinson's, even diabetes. Also, here in Canada, Terry Fox, considered one of our greatest heroes, was famous for his marathon across Canada to raise money to fund cancer research...running with a fake leg. He could not complete his mission because the cancer in his legs spread to the rest of his body. Maybe if stem cell research had been more advanced at the time, he would have lived? And the same goes for all the poor children and people suffering everyday due to their physical conditions. To the people against stem cell research, please answer me: No, I am not completely supportive of abortion, but are you suggesting that because the fetuses (which, here, are not considered as being alive and therefore cannot be "killed") POTENTIALLY could become life, we should let all those people with diseases and injuries, who already exist in our world, die? Should all those people die to make room for unborn fetuses? I don't think so.
Stems cells should be used, plain and simple. A human zygote is not a person, and it devalues actual born people by saying that it is. Stem cells have the potential to change the field of medicine. We could grow organs needed for an organ transplant, or even replace lost limbs, down the road. Stems cells could improve the lives of millions of Americans. They can help the disabled improve their health and let them get jobs. It can cure diseases that would kill a beloved family member.
Yes I think that the use of stem cell technology should be explored. Not exploring the unknown is just ridiculous.
Exploration of the unknown is what it is to be human. Getting stem cells through abortion should never happen. There are other means and more to be discovered if people are able to research the technology.
As others have said there are some methods for obtaining stem cells that are very appropriate. Adult stem cells, cord blood, and embryos created for pregnancies that are going to be discarded anyway are all acceptable stem cells to use for research. I'm not sure it's a good idea to create embryos solely for stem cell research though, the ethics are too ambiguous.
As human beings, when looking towards the future for all kinds of potential advances in fields, such as biology and medicine, we need to have a full understanding of exactly what stem cells are capable of. We will never get that knowledge if we do not run a very wide range of tests and research experiments, in order to catalog the data needed. A working understanding of that field could greatly expand the treatment options for billions of people for generations to come.
I am 100% against abortion, but really? As long as they are there use them. And if abortion was illegal, you need to remember all the clinics that implant fetuses into women (can't think of the name of the procedure), but for every successful transplant, there are TONS of stem cells that never get used.
1) Stem cells come from loads of places, not just aborted fetuses, even adults have stem cells in certain parts of their body. Stem cells have massive potential in treating and even curing autoimmune diseases and a host of other things as well and we shouldnt choose to not use them under the false pretense that stem cells only come from aborted fetuses.
Stem Cell Research from aborted babies is only the chance for new benefits. The parents chose to have that childs chance at life, so why not let the embryo help another human being. Tell me why it is so wrong to let a rejected embryo possibly save somebody's life?
Stem cell research could result in treatment or even curing of many diseases like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's due to the fact that the cell do not have a "job" yet and are able to become any cell. Using stem cells would greatly improve our healthcare system, and there are many ways to get stem cells so it would be cheap for anyone.
If the parent wants to have an abortion it is their choice. If that abortion allows 100 people to live, and might be a cure for cancer and all the diseases listed at the top of the page why not? The abortion would happen anyways, stem cell research or not.
I think that stem cells taken from cord blood that the parents opted not to bank for themselves but donate should be fine to use. That way the baby is not hurt in the process and someone else may be able to benefit from his/her birth.
I'm not necessarily against stem cell research, but keep in mind that many stem cells come from aborted babies. If the stem cells are coming from your nose, I'm fine with it. Research all you want. But since we're getting most of our stem cells from fetuses right now, and abortion is wrong, I must be against stem cell research at this time.
Stems cells are an abortion in disgise I absolutely hate abortion, but that is another debate for another time