President OBAMA removed the government ban on federal funding of hESC (human embryonic stem cell research) in what was described as a move that “is part of the administration’s broader effort to separate science and politics”.
But the politics still remain as the biomedical community continues to use “think tank” media strategies, using the wheelchair bound paraplegic as their poster child to engender sympathy against the human rights issues involved in human embryonic stem cell research.
There is little of a remote chance that embryonic stem cells will provide a therapeutic cure toward paraplegia or quadriplegia. Scientists know it and have known it. But now they strategize by telling the public that “cures won’t happen overnight”…still allowing the desperate to cling on to hopeless hope with the embryonic stem cell.
At the same time the biomedical community avoids any mention of the public safety dangers, lack of regulations and lack of worker rights associated with the embryonic stem cell research. They also would not dare to mention the current use of human embryonic stem cells in our biowarfare laboratories.
Instead the biomedical think tank experts do brilliant work to avoid these issues and in its place exploit the anti-abortion stance to their advantage, painting pro-life groups as radical, against science and unsympathetic to the plight of the disabled.
This has been a good tactic and a successful one, casting shadows on the human rights and safety issues underlying the use of human embryos in research while promising hopeless cures.
While all the time….Human embryonic stem cell research is about big money and big business. Billions of dollars. Period.
Despite what he says, President OBAMA’s move was in a fact, a political move. It will establish policy so that scientists can move ahead without responsibility for public health and safety on the use of human embryos in research and without any realistic ethical constraints. It will limit public transparency, making this research on human embryos more private and secretive. The NIH will make sure it…of course, under their appointed guise of developing “ethical standards.”
In describing his decision to eliminate the ban on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, Obama said, “Our government has forced …a false choice between sound science and moral values.” These are fine tuned words that carry a great deception.