Someone argued with me yesterday on Facebook saying that “killing babies for research is illegal”… Well let me assure my followers… It is NOT.
So I have spent part of my morning researching MYSELF to prove to everyone that I’m actually NOT stupid and I actually DO know what I’m talking about.
From the American Medical Association:
"Following is a list of current and potential sources of stem cells:
Early embryos created by in vitro fertilization - either those which are not needed for infertility treatment (sometimes called spare embryos) or created specifically for research;
Early embryos created by somatic (body) cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), a procedure that bypasses the normal fertilization process by taking the genetic material from a cell in an adult’s body and fusing it with an empty egg cell. This is a form of therapeutic cloning, which would allow cells to be customized for each individual and thereby minimizethe chances of tissue rejection;
Germ cells or organs of an aborted fetus;
Blood cells of the umbilical cord at the time of birth;
Some adult tissues (such as bone marrow);
Mature adult tissue cells reprogrammed to behave like stem cells”.
TONS of scientists are using stem cell research for various different things. It is not illegal to abort a fetus for research. I understand that this says they sometimes come from adults, but the hardcore truth is, a majority of the time, they do not.
explorestemcells.co.uk says this: “Despite the ethical issues, embryonic stem cells show an overwhelmingly higher potential to Treat Disease. However, research should still continue with adult stem cells. It is possible that researchers will discover ways to develop adult stem cells with more success as well as find ways to improve how they function once transplanted into the human body.”
NBC and CNN BOTH reported in January of 2013 that the supreme court allowed stem cell research to continue: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/07/justice/stem-cell-appeal/
The ALSA clearly states on their website:
"Human embryonic stem cells are derived from fertilized embryos less than a week old. When a sperm fertilizes an egg and creates a single cell, this cell has the potential to form a complete organism. In the first hours after fertilization, this cell divides into identical, so-called totipotent cells. After approximately four days, the cells start to specialize and form a hollow sphere of cells called a blastocyst.
The blastocyst has an outer layer of cells and a hollow inside. Within the hollow is a cluster of cells called the inner cell mass. Cells from the inner cell mass can be used to develop pluripotent stem cell lines— they can develop into any of the tissues that form the body.
Embryonic stem (ES) cells lines are pluripotent. Earlier studies focused on mouse ES cells; however recently scientists have shown that they are able to isolate and propagate human embryonic stem cells in culture.
Pluripotent stem cells undergo further specialization into multipotent stem cells that give rise to cells with a particular function. For example, multipotent stem cells in the brain give rise to different neuronal cell types and glia.
The discovery that human embryonic stem cells can be isolated and propagated in culture with the potential of developing into all tissues of the body is a major medical breakthrough. However it has raised a great deal of ethical questions.”
The ALS Consortium website says this:
“Previous research has shown that on autopsy, ALS patients are found to have increased levels of the amino acid glutamate accumulated in the brain and spinal cord. This increase is thought to be caused by a decrease in the glutamate transporter which normally “cleans up” glutamate from the cells. Human spinal cord-derived neural stem cells (HSSC) are known to express amino acid transporters and it is hoped that this action will reduce the toxicity of accumulated glutamate and benefit ALS patients. A second hypothesized benefit of HSSC is their ability to secrete neurotrophic support factors. Neurotrophic factors support the health of nerves.
These stem cells have been engineered from the spinal cord of a single fetus electively aborted after eight weeks of gestation. The tissue was obtained with the mother’s consent. The cells are transplanted into the ALS subject’s spinal cord after laminectomy, an operation that removes bone surrounding the spine. After the spinal cord is exposed, a device manufactured for this purpose will be mounted onto the subject and will hold a syringe filled with the cells. The syringe will have a needle attached and the needle will enter the spinal cord at 5-10 locations injecting the cells. The device will minimize trauma to the spinal cord caused by the needle by making the punctures precise and steady, and by injecting the material at a slow and steady speed.”
So no. Stem cell research is not illegal. Aborting babies for research is not illegal. And it is being done by MANY associations fighting disease. This includes the ALSA. I, just as much as anybody, want ALS to be cured. It is a terrible, terrible disease. I just know in my heart that somewhere out there is a better way that doesn’t involve a life for a life.