They went on to claim that 113,000,000 Americans could potentially be helped by stem-cell research. So right off, they are completely ignoring the actual controversy about the research – that some people have moral objections to some of the research based on the source of the cells: human embryos. I’m already annoyed at this kind of sneaky advocacy, but let’s just stick with the numbers. Does 113M seem like a large number to you - more than 1 in 3 Americans benefitting? What kind of benefit and how much? Over what period of time, a decade? A century? Is this including family members to pad the total? What illness and condition affects one-third of the populace? Can’t be Parkinson’s. Will we be using stem-cells to treat the flu, then? The announcer doesn’t say.
I could theoretically get talked into supporting embryonic stem-cell research, though that hasn’t happened yet. But this type of dishonesty sends me flying in the other direction. My position then becomes I don’t know what full human rights embryos qualify for, but I do know that those SOB’s shouldn’t be anywhere near the ethical decisions. Advantage: embryos.
Today even more evidence came to my attention, over at powers-point
The most bizarre aspect of this debate is the amount of energy that has been spent trying to secure funds for research that to date has not cured a single person, yet we have people walking around among us who have been treated by research from adult stem cells.