Obama Overturning Bush's Stem Cell Ban

Its all over the news this morning (in case you hadn't heard); Obama will be overturning Bush's ban on government funded stem cell research.

On the news this morning (from what I saw) the news anchors kept mentioning the moral decision. Then they get a few people being interviewed, some yammering about Obama's morals, some about the country's morals, and I even saw one proclaiming this to be taking a step away from God. A phone interview with Michael J. Fox seemed to be the only person positive about Obama following through on his campaign promise.

One interesting thing that was mentioned on the news was that "more than 50% of stems cells used for research come from fertility clinics that were going to be discarded." The news said it, and I've not fact-checked it; but if that's the case it seems people shouldn't have a problem with some 'garbage' being used for research and the advancement of medicine. But that's just my perception. The down-side and morality of stem cell research have been so overstated by some that some people refuse to even hear the argument of the up-side.

One thing I found interesting, or maybe frustrating, was that with all this prominent news about stem cells, there was not a mention of the recent article about stem cell growth without using embryos. With Obama's overturn suddenly become big news, that breakthrough is getting swept under the rug.

Leave it to the media to sensationalize one side of the story, and let all the other angles slide out the window.

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Comment by James on March 9, 2009 at 12:16pm
IMPO this is great news. But is is awful sad that the fact that stem cells don't have to come from embryos anymore is being completely ignored by the press. Just more sensationalized journalism...
Comment by AtypicalAtheist on March 9, 2009 at 2:26pm
Scientists will do what is most effective and what is cheapest. If stemcells without embryos is more effective and cost effective then using embryos will be obsolete and will go out of style. If not, they won't.

Who cares what the news media thinks or says?
Comment by Johnny on March 9, 2009 at 2:41pm
You're right on the cost thing; if restrictions are lifted, they will take the cheapest path.

Mostly I don't care what the media tries to spin; it just frustrates me later when I have to unspin some of it to have a conversation with people who have only heard the view spun out by the media.
Comment by Matt on March 9, 2009 at 4:10pm
Good stuff Johnny.

In and of itself I might not care what the media says and thinks, but they influence quite a bit of the country.
Comment by Dave G on March 9, 2009 at 11:09pm
This is good news, but even better news is the other half, wherein Obama is issuing an executive order to insulate science from political pressures and influence. No more having to 'massage' (read: fake) results to fit with administration policy.
Comment by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on March 11, 2009 at 9:45am
Have you not read the scriptures? It states "... and the profit shall lead them."


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