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Pro Stem Cells by PaleoClipperArt Pro Stem Cells by PaleoClipperArt

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Yes, you read that right- I support stem cell research. And no, I am not going to change my mind on this one.
~~Added~~ The following IS NOT MY WORDS
This is one of the reasons why I am so for this kind of research.
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I have a spinal cord injury that could be healed with stem cell treatments. I've had a painful surgery that left me crippled. With physical therapy and almost two years of trying, I regained the ability to walk. I will not have the ability to walk for very long. It is estimated that I will have to return to a wheelchair in my early thirties, or perhaps earlier than that. This means I have less than ten years before I can walk, and if I so much as step incorrectly I am bedridden for days.

I'm denied the only treatment that would work because of Christianity and "Life Starts At Conception" propaganda. If I could stand long enough to bomb a church, I certainly would.
~~end add~~the above WAS NOT MY WORDS!!
Interestingly enough, that image is hosted on a religious site, but there are some interesting, and well stated, facts about stem cells on this site:
What is the link between stem cell research and abortion?

There is no link. Stem cell research does NOT involve termination of a pregnancy. The embryos used in stem cell research have never been implanted in a woman. As a sole entity, without being implanted in a woman, an embryo has the same chance a toothpick has of developing into a baby.

What is the link between stem cell research and human cloning?

People often fail to realize there is a difference between reproductive cloning and therapeutic cloning. Stem cell research involves therapeutic cloning, called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), where the blastocyst is not transferred into a woman’s womb. This isn’t the same as reproductive cloning (like Dolly the sheep). Additionally, some careful rules and regulations are already in place to guide scientific progress, and of course, careful legislation will need to be implemented as science advances. “Cloning” in various capacities, is already used in some medical treatments.

What if women in poor socioeconomic situations sell their eggs for money?

They can’t. Under current legislation the only embryos used for stem cell research are from leftover and unwanted eggs from in vitro fertilization. Eggs are donated with informed consent.

Why is there so much controversy surrounding this if it is so simple?

Opposition to stem cell research is quick to fuel the debate with misinformation and scare tactics. Additionally, stem cell research raises some ambiguities where elements of the debate must rest on opinions, not facts. Some people are of the opinion that it is more morally correct to throw a frozen embryo away than to conduct research on it. Not all minds are open to education, not all hearts are open to individual interpretation.

Are you pro stem cell research as well? Wear the wrist band!

An alternate phrase heard by anti-choicers is: "It's a life"—another ambiguous and vague term. A fetus is certainly alive, and it might fairly be argued that a fetus is a distinct living entity (a debatable point though, because of fetal dependence on a woman's body), but this reasoning can apply to any living thing, including worms and germs. Simply calling a fetus "a life" says nothing, unless the term is meant as another way of saying "a human being," which means anti-choicers are just begging the question again.

The same problem afflicts the anti-choice phrase: "Life begins at conception." Biologically speaking, this is a nonsensical statement since life began only once on this planet, over three and a half billion years ago, and hasn't stopped since. A fertilized egg is simply life continuing in a modified form—only one small step removed from the separate sperm and ovum, both alive before joining together, and both representing the unique genetic potential of a human being. In an anti-choice context, the term "Life begins at conception" can only be translated as: "A human being starts at conception." Once again, this is begging the question. Perhaps a potential human being gets its start at conception, but the fact that life is a continuum makes even this equivocal.

Is a Fetus a Human Being?

Historically, a fetus has never (or very rarely) been considered a human being, at least not before "quickening", an old-fashioned term indicating noticeable movement of the fetus. The Catholic Church even allowed abortion until quickening, up until 1869[4]. Further, the wide variety of laws throughout the world were written specifically to protect born human beings and their property. There is virtually no legal precedent for applying such laws to fetuses[5]. Even when abortion was illegal, it had a lesser punishment than for murder, and was often just a misdemeanor[6]. The anti-choice view of fetuses as human beings is therefore a novel and peculiar one, with little historical or legal precedent to back it up.

Fetuses are uniquely different from born human beings in major ways, which casts doubt on the claim that they can be classified as human beings. The most fundamental difference is that a fetus is totally dependent on a woman's body to survive. Anti-choicers might argue that born human beings can be entirely dependent on other people too, but the crucial difference is that they are not dependent on one, specific person to the exclusion of all others. Anybody can take care of a newborn infant (or disabled person), but only that pregnant woman can nurture her fetus. She can’t hire someone else to do it.

Another key difference is that a fetus doesn't just depend on a woman's body for survival, it actually resides inside her body. Human beings must, by definition, be separate individuals. They do not gain the status of human being by virtue of living inside the body of another human being—the very thought is inherently ridiculous, even offensive.

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RoseSerpenthelm Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
It's ridiculous- there are stem cells floating about in the bloodstream too!

Not even mentioning CORD BLOOD. There are so many practical uses for stem cells, and harvesting them doesn't even need to involve moral or ethical issues! Why the frack would you oppose THAT?
ceremonially-unclean Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

And the US is so behind on stem cell research bc of G Dubya. It's not a baby; it's a blastocyst.
PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. It's sad that people think a minor lump of cells is just as important as a born, living on its own and breathing, infant. The scrap of dust I made by scratching is just as valid to save as the blastocyst.
Myredhulk Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
We have the power to reverse fatal, disabling, Life crushing diseases, ailments, and injuries, improving the quality of life for millions worldwide.
But OHHH NO! We can't! because those cells are "alive"!
Look at it anyway you want, but living humans will always be more important than absent-minded fetuses, or any other cell being "reverse engineered".

"Well the next world will have to take care of itself!" -Dovahkiin, Skyrim, Elder scrolls V
LolitheLeopard Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconbaawwplz: Pro Stem-Cell Researchers are heartless and selfish!!
:iconlolitheleopard: Yes, because wanting a way to reverse Alzheimer's, Cancer, Diabetes etc. MUST make me selfish.
PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LolitheLeopard Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In all seriousness, I have Type 1 Diabetes, and if Stem-Cell Research will permanently cure me, I'm for it. I'm tired of settling on "Treatments" that just cover my symptoms but don't solve the real problem.
PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers to that!
triadenforcer Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
A few embryos are a small price to pay, For cures to various diseases.
somebodyoranybody Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I hope youīll get a treatment soon! Is it illegal where you live?

As far as I know, stem cell - research isnīt only about genes and heredity ( I hope it is the correct term) but also about healing diseases. I know that with stem cell transplantations you can heal some very dangerous diseases, since stem - cells create healthy cells. Itīs kind of sad that people only seem to care about the cloning effect (witch īcan only work if you have omnipotent or polypotent stem cells anyway)

Iīll get a donation pass as soon as I turn eighteen, maybe I īll be useful ; )

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