Basic Facts About Human Embryonic Stem Cells

Definition of stem cell

A stem cell is a cell with two characteristics: 1) the property of an unlimited self-maintenance – that is, the ability to reproduce itself over a long period of time without changing; and 2) the capability to produce other types of cells such as brain, muscle and lung, to name a few.

Definition of human embryonic stem cell

A stem cell taken from the blastocyst (early human embryo) that, when taken, kills the human embryo who is a human being from the beginning (fertilization/conception).

Unethical stem cell research

It is unethical to destroy innocent human beings so that members of the scientific community can experiment with their stem cells. The correlation to this act of human destruction is this: to take the heart from a 25-year-old man immediately results in the death of that man. Likewise, to take stem cells from the young human embryo immediately results in the death of that human being.

Ethical stem cell research

The use in research and in the investigation of cures and therapies that is based on using stem cells from umbilical cord blood remaining after the birth of a baby; the use of stem cells from bone marrow, fat cells, brain cells, and other adult tissues readily available. The taking of such stem cells does not result in the death of the donor.

But, President Bush decided to use stem cell lines already in existence; the human beings have already been killed.

Such an action condones the act of direct killing and creates a situation whereby the federal government becomes complicit in the act that originally took the life of each of those hundreds of embryonic human beings who were killed in order to develop the stem cell lines referred to by President Bush.

Human embryonic stem cells could actually become human embryos themselves

This is a scientific possibility.

Questions nobody wants to answer

Will human embryonic stem cell research scientists now feel free to clone and kill? Did President Bush know this? Does he care?