…Believing Washington is too slow to act, the Zuckers are spearheading the initiative to have California put up $3 billion in state funds for stem cell research � far more than the federal government spends, reports CBS News Correspondent Bill Whitaker.
Backers say it will make California a Mecca for revolutionary research that already has helped a paralyzed lab rat to walk and promises cures for heart disease, MS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s too.
Becoming a Mecca is no big deal. A run down city where once a year people trample each other is not exactly an ideal.
With Ronald Reagan suffering Alzheimer’s, Nancy Reagan recently spoke out in support of the legislation.
“I just don’t see how we can turn our backs on this,” the former first lady said.
But a wide network of Christian and anti-abortion groups truly believes stopping stem cell research is a moral imperative.
“Church teaching is that we value life from conception to natural death. That includes embryos. We oppose the killing for their parts,” says Carol Hogan of the Catholic Conference of Bishops.
Right now, clinics often discard the embryos, byproducts of in-vitro fertilization.
“Should we be throwing them out as medical waste or should we be using them to create cures? For our family that isn’t a difficult decision,” says Katie’s father Jerry Zucker.
I bet some industrious Nazi thought the same thing. “There being slaughtered anyway, shouldn’t we use their remains for candles or something? What do you think Dr. Mengele?” “Why I agree entirely.”
It is amazing how much faith people put in embryonic stem-cells. These people would be ripe suckers for the old medicine shows. The new medicine show though is much classier. Those in lab coats fighting to get funding are willing to jump on the embryonic stem-cell bandwagon.