Are you in favor of embryonic stem-cell research? - page 2

The results from survey were: Are you in favor of embryonic stem-cell research? Yes 63.75 % No 36.25 % (1534 visitors surveyed) Although the survey has ended,... Read More

  1. by   JennieBSN
    heh heh...i knew that...i was just testing you...yeeeeaaahhhhhhhh..

    had a slight brain fart there, okay? thanx, margaret...
  2. by   fiestynurse
    The cells that make up days old embryos embody a world full of potential because they can develop into almost any type of tissue. Stem cells transformed into islet cells could restore a diabetic's pancreas. Stem cells that morph into nerve cells could replace neuronal tissue damaged by strokes, spinal cord injuries, ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Skin tissue grown from stem cells could provide a ready supply for burn victims. Lab-grown cardiac tissue could shore up damaged arteries and hearts.

    If the destiny of embryos at IVF clinics is to be thrown out, and couples are willing to donate them to research instead, it's hard for me to believe that throwing them out is a better ethical decision. And for me, as long as that fertilized egg is not destined to be placed in a uterus, it cannot become life.

    In addition, embryonic cells are thought to be superior to the adult variety or stem cells taken from cord blood. But we won't know this for sure, if research on embryonic cells remain off limits.
    By banning the research, we uphold the most extreme view of the sanctity of life, but at a price: foreclosing the possibility of doing all we can to improve the lot of the living.
  3. by   Tracy H
    Stem cell research is a valuable and necessary tool in treating a lot of devistating diseases. If clinics are going to throw these cells out, why shouldn't they be used to treat diabetes, forms of cancer, and multiple sclerosis? We all have loved ones who have died or are still suffering from these debilitating diseases, and if this research can stop the suffering and heartache, why not keep doing it. As nurses, we want to save lives, and this could definately be the way to save more.
  4. by   nurs4kids
    We were discussing this over dinner tonight and a few things came up.

    1. Can these be harvested AFTER the fetus is aborted or would it have to be done prior to the abortion?

    2. I know anti-abortionist are going to go haywire over this one, and I'm neither anti or pro. BUT...why not offer women free abortion in exchange for this? It would cut down on illegal abortions AND the abortion could be funded by the receiving patient(s).

    just food for thought
  5. by   Nurse2BinNC
    I am even more in favor of stem cell research than I was in my original post just a few days ago. After spending the last 2 nights at a Childrens Hospital with my daughter because of Diabetic Ketoasidosis. Lucky for us this is the first time she has ever been hospitalized, BUT even 1 time for a child is way too much when there is a posibility of a cure if only the research is able to proceed. We are anxiously waiting for our insulin pump, but I would give up anything that I have or ever will have to prevent my little girl from going thru what she has been thru the last 2 days. The Islet cell transplant that is being studied is a wonderful relief for those that have been tested with this. But from my understanding, These people are having to take anti-rejection drugs. If the Stem cells can be transformed into the Islet cells that are needed, then there may not be the need for the Anti-rejection Meds. I am going to get off of my soap box now, Thanks to everyone that is in favor of this. Hopefully someday there will be cures for all of these terrible deseases.

  6. by   Russ Dowling
    FiestyNurse expressed my thoughts on this subject better than I could. I feel the potential good outweighs the bad, and federal money should definitely be used to pay for further research.
  7. by   JennieBSN
    I didn't know this...cut and pasted from article on the whole stem cell debate and the upcoming announcement from President Bush:

    (begin quote)
    But some opponents of embryonic stem cell research say that researchers could simply use stem cells harvested from adults, or from umbilical cords, and thus avoid destroying embryos.

    Many of them support studying somatic stem cells, which are made by mature tissue. But there is a debate over whether somatic stem cells are as flexible or as long-lived as embryonic stem cells. Many scientists advocate research on both types.
    (end quote)

    any comments? I didn't know that there was any difference between cord blood stem cells and embryonic stem cells..
  8. by   bhart
  9. by   fiestynurse
    I think that all types of stem cells should be studied. Why waste precious time, only to find out that adult stem cells or cord blood cells are inadequate. As Nurse2BinNC has passionately stated--- Her daughter needs all possible treatment NOW!
  10. by   misti_z
    Bush's is to make an address tonight at 9pm. And CNN expects he will go toward limited federal funding (according to a senior advisor).
    I have to work so will not be able to see his address, maybe some of you can and keep us up to date!
  11. by   P_RN

    I did post my opinion, but on another thread. I must say that I am pleased at the respect and restraint all of the posters have demonstrated here.
  12. by   fiestynurse
    Last edit by fiestynurse on Mar 31, '04
  13. by   micareli
    There is joke that I once heard:

    There were a bunch of people standing around a fence. On the day of reckoning, Jesus came and took to heaven the people that had accepted Him as their Lord and Savior/Messiah; shortly therafter Satan showed up and took the people that belonged to him.

    Once person was left sitting on the fence: He did not choose to follow Jesus nor did he choose to follow satan:

    Shortly after this Satan reppeared and told the fence sitter to come with him, the fence sitter, I do not belong to you. I did not choose Jesus and I did not choose you. I chose to sit on this fence and make no decision.

    Satan said to him you do not understand. You are mine. I own the fence.

    The moral here is: when people donot want to talk about the stem cell in the context of a moral decision. Many have said I do not want to discuss it as pro life or pro murder issue; but some day it will be required of us all to make a decision... I personally will be able to look at God the Judge and say I fought the good fight, I tried to turn the tide against the murderers who tried to kill what you had created. God tells us that he knew us before we were in the womb ( I believe this also applies to test tube babies).

    As Nurses we lose alot we save alot. We laugh with our patient and we cry with them, sometimes we carry their burden home with us.... next month my focus will dramatically change as I will become a staffer in a Hospice Unit.... I have been working inthe ICU/CCU/ER through an agency.

    Two years ago I lost an 18 y/o to DKA... It still bothers me, But I never would allow my feelings to change into that it is ok to kill something that is living or can be grown into a living being.

    Another opinion form a "prolifer" RN.