Posts Tagged ‘Stem Cell Research’
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The second part of Josh’s interview with Brad Mattes, CEO of Life Issues Institute and host of the Emmy award-winning television show, “Facing Life Head-On.” Brad answers the questions from the “Life Report Questionnaire” and more!
- What did you get in trouble for as a child?
- What is your favorite movie, and why?
- What has been the pro-life movement’s greatest victory (or victories) so far?
- What has been the pro-life movement’s greatest failing or weakness?
- Does the pro-life movement need more unity, and if so, how can we accomplish that?
- Graphic Pictures: Should we use them, and if so, how, when, and where?
- What would you say to those who would argue that graphic pictures should be used in very public places because children don’t seem to be too negatively effected by them?
- Stem Cell Research & Human Cloning: What should pro-lifers be doing about this, and why?
- What would you say to those who say it’s unfair to compare the current successes of ESCR with adult stem cell research since ASCR has had more public funding until recently?
- What should pro-lifers be doing about human cloning now that it might actually be a reality?
- Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia: What should pro-lifers be doing about this, and why?
- Is the Netherlands a lost cause on the end-of-life issues debate?
- Respond to Americans who look at the problems with euthanasia in the Netherlands and respond, “That’s them. We will do it better.”
- What do you say to someone who is for assisted suicide in certain hard cases?
- How should pro-lifers interact with those who are pro-abortion-choice?
- Respond to pro-lifers who would say that we should be shouting at pro-choice people because that shows we’re taking baby killing seriously.
- What single thing should pro-lifers be doing that most are NOT doing right now?
- How can pro-lifers start conversations about such a dark issue without being weird?
- How should pro-life people use Facebook?
- If people went to LifeIssues.org what could they find there?
It was four years ago that while presenting a talk called “Human Cloning: Truth vs. Science Fiction,” I predicted that scientists would successfully clone human beings within ten years. It appears that I was correct. NPR is reporting that a team of scientists at the Oregon Health & Science University have worked out the necessary steps to clone a living human embryo that is able to live long enough to produce embryonic stem cells. They have published their research in this weeks issue of Cell.
I argued in that talk that my primary concern about human cloning is not that it’s “playing God,” but that we will dehumanize the new human being we’ve “created” in the lab. Notice the way the NPR article talks about the living, human embryos that were created, the same embryos that because they were able to live for several days, made the experiment a success.
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Many people donate money to the American Cancer Society through their annual Relay for Life events. But the ACS funnels some of that money to killing human embryos for stem cell research. Should this fact cause pro-life people to donate to alternative cancer organizations? Josh thinks so, but Liz and Andrew disagree. Click the video above to watch the biggest internal debate from Life Report season one.
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- “Should we use a different word than ‘abortion,’ because that word can also refer to a natural miscarriage?”
- “One of my friends at school is planning on becoming an embryonic stem cell research scientist. Is there a unique way you would discuss the issue of life with an abortionist or a stem cell researcher?”
Several years ago I had the opportunity to attend a lecture (7/17/06) by Dr. George Daley, a Harvard researcher who has researched embryonic stem cells in mice for the past ten years. As part of his lecture, he spent 15 minutes talking about the morality of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. (HESCR)
I appreciated that Dr. Daley was open to discussing his ethical justifications for HESCR. Dr. Daley offered 8 arguments from the pro-HESCR side. A few of them were thoughtful, however most were shallow and were not backed up to my satisfaction. Every assertion seemed to have one purpose: to erode the principle that life is valuable from fertilization.
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