I've tried to avoid commenting on the current Michael J. Fox/Rush Limbaugh controversy here (though I've said quite a bit about it on some other blogs), but I have exactly one question for opponents of embryonic stem cell research:
Opponents say they oppose it because it 'destroys human life.'
However, since the embryos used are those which have been stored by infertile couples that they don't want anymore, if they are not used in research they are 'discarded' (which typically means they are either incinerated or throw into a waste dump with other medical waste-- pretty much like any other dump.) There they either die of exposure or get eaten by cockroaches which exist in the dump.
If you consider that using an embryo in research aimed at curing diseases is 'destroying human life,' then how is this NOT 'destroying human life?'
So it is now more 'moral' to feed human flesh to cockroaches than it is to use it to try and learn ways to cure terrible diseases?
I just don't get it. If you are honestly opposed to stem cell research then clue me in, on how you avoid this massive hole in your line of reasoning.