Exploiting Superman
The Christian Heritage Party
by National Leader Ron Gray
Scientists have been doing adult stem cell research for a decade, while experiments with embryonic cells only started in 1998. The most progress - and the most promising treatments so far - have come from using adult stem cells, not those from embryos, say Drs. Arnold Glueck and Robert Chihak.

(Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D., of Newport Beach, California, writes on medical, legal, disability and mental health reform. Robert J. Chihak, M.D., of Aberdeen, Washington, is president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Both are Harvard-trained diagnostic radiologists who write numerous commentaries and articles for newspapers, newsletters, magazines and journals nationally and internationally.)

At this time, they add, any hopes for possible cures from embryonic stem cells are still science fiction. Indeed, some experiments with fetal tissue implanted in the brains of Parkinson's Disease sufferers turned horribly wrong. According to reports earlier this year, the stem cells began to develop into hair and bone - inside patients' brains! Those patients were worse off than they were before the treatment!

Yet most of the media clamor about stem-cell research - including heart-tugging interviews with Superman actor Christopher Reeves - paints opponents of embryonic stem cell research as heartless monsters who want to deny Superman a chance to walk again.

Why the blatant bias?

There is reason to believe that a ban on embryonic stem-cell research (or as in the USA, a limitation to 60 existing germ-lines) would actually be good news for actor Reeves and other para- and quadriplegics. Such a limitation on the use of cells from embryos will actually spur further research on the most promising field: adult stem cells. Such cells have been recovered from bone marrow, and even from fat. At McGill University in Montr≠al, researchers have been able to recover stem cells from skin.

Stem cells from the patient's own fat or skin have two enormous advantages over embryonic stem cells: first, the patient's immune system will not reject them; and second, it's not necessary to destroy a human being to get them. In addition, umbilical cord blood offers a resource that has not been fully researched.

So why the bias in favour of embryonic stem cell research?

The media bias in favour of embryonic stem cell research is actually attributable to a pro-abortion mentality, determined to oppose any thought or action that might lead to recognition of the humanity and personhood of the pre-born child. Reeves is being exploited by pro-abortion fanatics who want to label the embryo as a legitimate target for search-and-destroy missions, organ harvesting, or anything else that many people find repugnant when applied to human beings.

What does the media find so offensive about embryos? They are the most helpless members of the human family; pro-abortion ideologues don't want that fact recognized, because it could one day limit their right to kill inconvenient babies.

Now, let's get back to legitimate research.
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