Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Stem cell research survey

CNN published an article today entitled "Most couples with frozen embryos would give them to research". Here's part of what it says:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A majority of U.S. couples with stored embryos from fertility treatments say they would be willing to donate unused embryos for stem cell research, says a doctor who surveyed patients.

"Large numbers of infertility patients ... support using embryos for research, and these are people who have invested emotionally and financially in these embryos," Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly of Duke University said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

Use of stem cells derived from embryos is a moral issue that has troubled politicians, religious and medical leaders and couples with stored embryos. And it is an issue with strong advocates on both sides.

The problem is, obtaining stem cells kills the embryo.

Many see this as wrong and argue that they are protecting life. That's what led President Bush to veto a bill Wednesday that would have eased limits on using embryos in research.

Others point out that many stored embryos will be destroyed anyway, and letting them be used in research could lead to lifesaving treatments.

Now take a look at something that is VERY interesting:

Research was preferred to donating embryos to other infertile couples.

So most couples would rather the extra embryos be used for research than be implanted in a stranger's womb and develop into a child. As a society, we need to pay attention to that preference.

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