Stem Cell research has always been a divisive issue. For some folks with terminal illnesses, stem cell research offers them a glimmer of hope for tomorrow. For others who are more conservative and less interested in tampering with His Divine Creation, stem cell research and funding needs to be tossed to the curb.
However, according to an ABC News report, just this week a federal appeals court “permitted funding of stem cell research to proceed temporarily until the court rules on the merits of the Obama administration’s position in the case.”
While labeling this a Democratic/Republican issue might be useful for folks keeping score at home (generally in favor/against, respectively) the case for stem cell research funding should be an open-and-shut case. We are human beings, whether by Divine Circumstance or the sheer will of our own being; we have come up with this research. We suffer from these diseases which may have cures, and we should continue this work. Even with this recent federal appeals court ruling, it’s not nearly so simple.
For those who know the sides, the lines are clear. On the one hand, you’ve got progressives who are moving ahead with the times we’re given. On the other side of the coin, you’ve got conservatives who are all in a bunch over this. They feel that it’s playing God and that the research must stop.
However, this recent federal appeals ruling shows that the sides may be leaning another way. It’s a fact that stem cell research has shown promise for the future of humanity, and it’s also been shown that people have suffered perhaps without cause. Were funding for this work and these scientists able to be continued unobstructed, who knows where we could be in terms of stem cell science? Moreover, isn’t it the pot calling the kettle black when conservatives say liberals are “playing God,” by continuing these studies? Isn’t it He who is in Charge who is playing God? So wouldn’t the play actors in fact be the conservatives, stomping their feet the whole way to get what they want?
Federal Appeals Decision:
In a way, though, this federal appeals court decision may just be kicking the can down the road. The Supreme Court is going to have to make a ruling on this. Unfortunately, this stem cell research debate could end up just like Roe v. Wade, and even if the conservatives will continue to honor it, they won’t like it and they won’t stop talking about ways to overturn it.
Stem Cell Future:
In a way, we’ll all have to wait and see what comes of this stem cell research news. A more decisive action needs to be taken or some huge breakthrough needs to come in the meanwhile to finally put an end to this discussion once and for all.