The issue with embryonic stem cells is the promising un-differentiated cellular structures that would allow scientists to manipulate cells into specific tissues to replace failed organs, and help cure modern diseases. The problem has been, well, quite frankly, there's been little research to prove that this potential can ever turn into reality.
In fact, there has been almost a negative realization to this fetal fountain of youth.
However; yesterday, CNN reported a woman in Columbia who was given a windpipe created from some of her own cells. CNN It was in England where a woman underwent a lung transplant and a windpipe replacement, which was made from her own bone marrow.
This is a historic scientific day, as the marrow created from the woman's hip will not likely be rejected by her own immune system.
"They have created a functional, biological structure that can't be
rejected," said Dr. Allan Kirk of the American Society of
Transplantation. "It's an important advance, but constructing an entire
organ is still a long way off."
So those who are using "medical advancement" to fuel the debate on the embryonic stem cells are one step closer to living in an argument that doesn't matter. If we can harvest cells from our own bodies, to re-create parts that are failing, then this moral dilemma seems to be as useful as a screen door on a submarine.
Dr. Nigel Cameron was a part of a debate in London last year, of which I had the unique opportunity to sit under. His comments about the fast track of nano-technology rapidly changing confirmed my idea that it won't be long, fetal stems cells won't be the center of this debate.
In the meantime, we must continue addressing the issue of life.
We must be a people who value life from the cradle to the grave.
We must fight for those who can't fight for themselves.
We need to be in the battle where it counts.
It's been a disappointing last 30 years as we've seen the number of abortions continue to rise in America while we are wrapped up in legal battles that are not working. Maybe it's time to take a step back, and re-evaluate the battle. Maybe it's time to come up with a new game plan, and execute a new play book. For we will be held accountable for the death we so idly stood by and watched around us.