I'm such a comment whore. Let's see what this post can garner me.
I've heard the arguments against embryonic stem cell research, and I just don't get it. Unlike many issues, where I'm able to at least see some of the other side, I can't for the life of me see the anti side here. Not a bit.
It seems so simple to me.
Couples go in for IVF. Six viable embryos are created. One gets implanted. THE REST GET THROWN OUT.
Thrown out. Disposed of. Flushed down. Washed away.
They're never going to develop into human life. Never ever ever ever.
Scientists have the ability to pull a strand of cells out of the embryo (yes, the one that was going to be THROWN OUT), feed the cells and allow them to multiply. Later -- here's the crazy cool part, communicated in a way that I can understand -- those embryonic stem cells (because they are undifferentiated cells) have the ability to form ANY adult cell. Any. They can be turned into human tissue of any kind. This is big news in the fight against diseases like, oh, say cancer.
Hmm. Throw them out, or use them to potentially find cures for disease.
Tell me again why this is an issue, and why our fucking president is going to veto another bill?