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2.20.60 Embryonic stem cell research
I wholeheartedly agree with the words of a senior Christian cleric made recently where he stated -
"Human life is not a commodity: a baby is not a product; an embryo is not a cluster of exploitable cells but a potential human being."
But I also believe that in the not too distant future millions of embryos, millions of babies and millions of human beings will owe their quality of life, if not life itself to licensed research using embryos. However much I dislike the idea, in the same way I dislike the idea of brave fire fighters sacrificing their lives to save others or suicidal rescue attempts - the good of the vast majority often outweighs the perceived good of the few.
Furthermore, while I fully agree with anti abortion campaigners in their belief that effective treatments may be available using adult cells instead of embryos, for the sake of research into curing illnesses of the elderly and disabled people sooner rather than later, I authorise licensed embryonic cloning now.
It is all very well arguing whether it's right or wrong to use this method instead of less controversial ones, but until better methods are proven to exist I direct that living Alzheimers sufferers, living spinal injury sufferers, or living disabled people have priority over the living dead embryos that may cure them.
I can't see what all the fuss is about. As long as it is within predefined, licensed and enforced parameters - go find cures!
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