What does Senator Shaheen's March 9th press release, on Obama's executive order to allow new federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, reveal about her true motivations?
“Today, President Obama took a major step in restoring America’s role as a leader in science and medicine by lifting the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. For the millions of patients and families impacted by conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries, among many others, there is now greater hope for breakthrough treatments and even cures.
“I’ve long been an advocate for encouraging researchers and scientists to look to stem cells. But in my family, this issue became personal a couple years ago when my eldest granddaughter, Elle, was diagnosed withType 1 diabetes. I am so proud she was at the White House today as President Obama signed this important executive order to ensure Elle and kids just like her in New Hampshire and across the country can receive the very best medical care we can give them.”
First, with all due respect Senator, scientists have been "looking at stem cells" for a long time, even the embryonic kind--which received 25 million in funding even under President Bush. Adult stem cells got over 200 million, and millions more in private funding. But that's not the part that interests me most.
Grandma knew enough to troll her diabetic granddaughter out for the press coverage, but clearly had no idea that way back in April 2007 the Times of London reported that a study in the American Journal of Medicine had already produced significant success with Type I diabetics using stem cell treatments with the patients own stem cells. A study conducted in part by some of the same Americans whose role the Senator questions in her press release.
So a cure for Type I diabetes had already been in human trials using non-embryonic cells almost two years before the still diabetic Elle, along with Mr. Obama, swept away those old fashioned moral restrictions against government funding of embryonic stem cell research--which had been holding us back all these years...from what exactly?
It kind of puts a damper on the whole "greater hope of breakthrough cures" argument, don't you think?
It might come as a surprise to Granny Shaheen and her press release that there are already treatments for spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's, and some 70 other ailments, all using adult stem cell therapies. Could Embryonic stem cells help? They haven't yet but that doesn't mean an ethical approach should be ruled out, or even funded by taxpayers.
We know there are ways to harvest the same embryonic cells without destroying embryo's, (assuming the other kinds still just wont do) yet our president, and NH Senator (who campaigned heavily on the topic), have just approved a host of embryo destroying techniques that are completely unnecessary to achieve the stated goals of the research.
Mr. Obama's plan allows for every kind of destruction in the embryonic stem cell quiver--including cloning--as long as cloned embryo's do not accidentally find their way into a human uterus. Is that really necessary?
This sends a very strong message that the cures are not nearly as important as how must find them. That the destruction itself is the objective and not the research.
It almost seems obvious that science has nothing at all to do with it, even for the good Senator who otherwise should have known about a potential treatment already in development for her granddaughter as far back as 2007.
So just how disingenuous is it to make a cause worthy for the wrong reasons, even more so when the results advance a completely different agenda--that is to secure future campaign funding from pro-abortion groups who have already spent millions to get you elected so you could shape public perception for them based on a lie?