Monday, August 30, 2010

Life Links 8/30/10

According to a Rasmussen poll, the majority of Americans (57%) oppose taxpayer money being used to pay for embryonic stem cell research. Amazingly, large percentages of Americans still believe the hype.
Virtually unchanged since January 2007 is the finding that 69% of voters believe it is at least somewhat likely that embryonic stem cell research has the potential to lead to cures to previously incurable diseases. That includes 39% who say it is Very Likely.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post has an article on how some proponents of embryonic stem cell research are scared Geron's clinical trial which plans to use embryonic stem cells on patients with spinal cord injuries is going to fail and burst the embryonic stem cell bubble.
"There's a lot of angst around these trials," said Evan Y. Snyder, director of the stem cell program at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in San Diego. "There's going to be this perception that if the cells do not perform well, the entire field will be illegitimate."

Help around 130 people commit suicide, the majority of whiom weren't terminal and some of whom weren't even sick. Spend nearly a decade in jail for killing a man. Get a Hollywood biopic. Receive applause and be called "brilliant" at the Emmy awards.

LOL Pro-Choice Quote of Week from Rob at the Abortion Gang:
Not sure if anyone saw it, but there used to be a show on TV called Lost. Two of the central characters that were at odds with one another through the entire series were the aptly charged Man of Faith (John Locke) and the Man of Science (Jack Shephard). And it got me thinking about the divide between the Pro- and Anti-choice crowds, and how we essentially have this same dynamic affecting these movements. You have the antis, whose faith tends to guide their approach and their dialogue on this issue. And you have the pros, who tend more towards using scientific facts to guide their dialogue and mission.
What scientific facts guide abortion advocates?

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