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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fertilized Egg Eligible for Driver's License?

We are indebted to DAILY KOS for bringing this issue to public attention: see article http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/11/14/145659/75

I’m joking about the driver’s license, of course. But there the humor ends.

Read a few sentences from an Associated Press article by P. Solomon Banda, “Court Clears Way for Egg Rights Showdown”, Wednesday, November 14, 2007.

“DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for an anti-abortion group to collect signatures for a ballot measure that would define a fertilized egg as a person. (emphasis added-dr)…

“If approved by voters, the measure would give fertilized eggs the state constitutional protections of inalienable rights, justice and due process…

"(opponents)… said the measure would hamper in-vitro fertilization and stem cell research and would effectively ban birth control.

“… similar voter-led initiatives or legislative efforts are under way in five other states, including Montana, Georgia, Oregon, Michigan and South Carolina.”

Consider: if a fertilized egg is legally defined as a person, embryonic stem cell research could be considered murder.

Also birth control…

And, of course, all forms of abortion, at any stage.

I have felt for years that the Religious Right was attacking stem cell research for a hidden reason—if they could find a way to call embryonic stem cell research murder, by saying a few cells are the legal equivalent of a person, that would automatically criminalize all forms of abortion.

To stop abortion, they would deny everyone the greatest medical advance in history.

But whatever one’s opinion is on abortion, there is a huge difference between a child growing in the nurturing shelter of a mother’s womb-- and some cells in a dish of water. Implanted in the womb, a blastocyst could become a baby. Stem cells in a Petri dish biologically cannot become a child—I defy any opponent of research to show how a baby can be born in a 5” dish of salt water, or on a microscope slide-- it is physiologically impossible.

This is basic biology. How can there be a pregnancy, unless the fertilized egg implants in the walls of the womb? Without implantation, there is no pregnancy, and no child.

Cells, cells, nothing but cells; stem cell research is nothing but cells.

Eventually, reason will prevail, and the attacks on our research will cease, or at least become so ignored as to have no effect. But that day could be delayed fifty years.



Don Reed
www.stemcellbattles.com

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