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Pro Stem Cells by PaleoClipperArt Pro Stem Cells by PaleoClipperArt
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!!
RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BASH IT DAMMIT!!
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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.


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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.

type %%% in your comment if you read all this. :)
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Green-Tea-Flower Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
Only in America can you oppose Stem-Cell Therapy and still call yourself "Pro-Life"....
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RoseSerpenthelm Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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?
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD
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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.
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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers to that!
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triadenforcer Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
A few embryos are a small price to pay, For cures to various diseases.
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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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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The research itself is touch and go. Some states ban it, others allow it.

I wish it would help with my blind eye, or even the arthritis I have. But with my eye we would also have to mend the nerves and hope everything works still.

Please do! It's always nice to know there are people out there who want to further science.
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somebodyoranybody Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Getting the nerves back together sounds very complicated... but maybe there is a way, I´m not an expert after all. And I will get that pass, I have some kind of template already and I`ll get the real one in the upcoming vacation.
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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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BloodRedFullMoon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I couldn't agree more.
People always oppose things without even understanding the issue.

Same with genetically altered organisms (and food). It's not inherently bad just because "it's not natural!!!111". Of course, it's also not inherently good and Monsanto is still a shithole of a company, but that's a different matter entirely.
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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, Indeed it is!

Also- thanks for the favorites.

I have to admit I used to be one of the crazies who said "all things must be natural", but then I learned. So like how I look at my religious self and go "wtf was I thinking?!" I do the same with my naturals phase.
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AstralGuardian70775 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
%%% Thank you for that very informative description. :) I didn't know several of the things you mentioned, and I'm glad to learn them. Stem cell research doesn't seem to cause any actual harm, and has many medical benefits. Adding to faves...
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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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JeanaBeana Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
I don't see what the pro lifers have against it since they can create stem cells without a fetus (at least I thought they could) Plus we wouldn't need organ doners anymore, or blood, or anything. They should leave them be as with tim

Although sort of off topic in thoery they can clone body parts (muscle tissue, organs etc) for testing so they no longer have to test on live animals, animal meat (flesh) too so no more animals have to die for people to eat. So many things scince can do for us C:
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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can make adult stem cells, but even then you don't really need a fetus per say. Just a zygote.

Yes and no on your second part. We can't test to see if something causes pain on a single organ without the rest of the body. Or diminishes pain. There are still legit reasons for animal testing (im actually certified to do animal testing). But testing to see if cosmetics should be put in the eye or not, when we already know the ingredients shouldn't be put in the eye...now that is bullshit testing.
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LordElthibar Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Fetus humanus est.
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DistinguishedPhysics Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
True fact.
There is a procedure created to generate stem cells without using a fetus to harvest them.
They act and behave identically with that of natural human stem cells.
The debate over this is irrelvent for the simple reason that the arguments about the life of any fetus is not important.
They are not at risk.
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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh, yah. I knew that. You can get stem cells from cord blood. However, it's not always done. It's a hell of a lot easier to make a zygote in a dish and use that for stem cells. Fetus is not a zygot. Fetus is not used for stem cells. Though if I mistyped in the description pardon, this stamp is a bit old.
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Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well, to all the pro-life fags who say that embryos should not be used for stem cells, I say this-Since you want us to use adult stem cells for our research, why don't you donate YOUR cells then?
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DistinguishedPhysics Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Adults do not have stem cells.
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Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
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DistinguishedPhysics Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I do know that they are in adults, however I am referring to the highest quality stem cells, the ones that can be used to generate ANY type of cell in the body. However, the more effective manner is to generate (I would explain but I don't have time) Fetal-stem cells using (already existing, and used) Procedures in a lab using a single humans DNA (taken through a simple saliva sample, which contains dead skin cells as well as other diploid cells including white blood cells. They can be used to create anything the person needs for transplants. (sorry about the bad explanation, I'm running on 2 hours of sleep and a ton of coffee and just got off a 10 hour day)
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Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, yeah. In my biology class, I've learnt that fetal stem cells are more likely to be effective (despite the fact that it hasn't really been proven yet) I do hope fetal stem cells can be made legal to help save the lives of many. After all, it is with the donor's approval that they use her ovums or his sperms for research. I don't see anything wrong with that...
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DistinguishedPhysics Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Actually it is more effective. The simple reason is that they can become ANY type of cell.
Adult stem cells are limited to only a few types of cells.
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Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's probably due to the fact that adult cells are generally less flexible and versatile than embryonic stem cells. Meanwhile,embryonic stem cells have the ability to differentiate more readily than adult stem cells. Also, adult stem cells are more likely to have abnormalities from DNA mutations, which can occur due to any number of factors while embryonic stem cells are less likely to carry mutations and they also regenerate much more quickly than adult stem cells.
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DistinguishedPhysics Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Precisely.
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JustSomeStranger Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed
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Bjork-Anaiiz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
People *with* self righteous morals
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Bjork-Anaiiz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am all for stem cells. I just hate how there is so much controversy with this. Adult stem cells aren't as efficient as embryonic stem cells. And weren't they getting the cells from embryos that were already aborted? If we are gonna have abortions, we might as well put the embryos to use to help many lives instead of waste it.

People self righteous morals are the reasons we don't have nice things or can't advance in society.
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DistinguishedPhysics Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
And, of course, there is the fact that we are caplable and CAN (and we DO use this procedure) create viable stem cells without the use of a fetus.
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Earthtalon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
"If I could stand long enough to bomb a church, I certainly would."
NOPENOPENOPE PROPERTY DAMAGE NOPE
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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you realize you are quoting someone else not me.
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Earthtalon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You.
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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OI....did you even look at how I wrote that up there. I was posting someone elses comment.
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Earthtalon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, er, sorry...
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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's ok. Just so long as you know now. :)
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
It's better to use something that can't last outside the womb instead of wasting it.
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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
At least it becomes useful.
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm with you. i'm disabled too, and although i don't think stem cell research can help me personaly, i know so many people who it could, alot of them are good friends of mine and it would be awsome if they let this reserch go ahead and these people could be treated and helped!
%%%
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DistinguishedPhysics Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hell, you are right, and they have massive amounts of progress in that field already.
Did you know that you can put a set of stem cells inside of ones spinal cord, stimulate them to become nerve cells, and let them attach to the cord? It would (with several years of recovery to rebuild the connections) effectively repair the damaged spinal cord.
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
they could help so many people with it. it's a shame so many people are against it.
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PaleoClipperArt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:highfive:
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:D
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