Posted 16 October 2010 - 07:10 AM
I think stem cell research is nothing but a good thing. It can seriously save lives, and pulling the funding isn't going to allow that to happen. TheEgg makes a good point - a living, thinking person is far more valuable than an undeveloped bundle of cells. Stem cell research should definitely get more funding. The stem cells don't have to come from human embryos (they can be harvested from the embryos of mice, umbilical cords, hairs, skin, etc. - all thanks to research in stem cells), and this research could really prove beneficial to medecine. The possible applications of stem cell research are varied (including cancer, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, muscle damage, brain damage, and many others) and are definitely worth investment.
I also have no problem with abortion, although there are always exceptions. If the abortion (or taking stem cells?) is done before any sort of brain develops, is it really taking a life? I would argure it's preventing a life, similar to using contraception in the first place. The later it gets, the more grey the decision becomes. Ultimately, I think it comes down to whether the child could be adequetly supported, and that it should be a decision made by the mother, not the government.