Was Michael J. Fox duped into publicly endorsing Maryland Congressman Ben Cardin for his support for stem cell research? Lo and behold, we find out that actually, Cardin voted against it (http://hotair.com/archives/2006/10/24/video-cardin-uses-fox-in-steele-bush-attack-ad/). With all due respect to Mr. Fox’s suffering (there is wide speculation that he purposefully stopped taking his medications to cause his tremors to be more dramatic for the camera) he is being used by the high priests of the holy grail of stem cell research. With little more than wild speculation, the proponents of this practice insist that it is the key to all our ills and that close-minded Christian fanatics are all that’s standing in the way of your right to a cure for what ails you.
First of all, there’s a whole body of scientific evidence to suggest that embryonic stem cells are not in fact a panacea and that cord blood stem cells in fact offer far greater promise. Just for the record, we’ve yet to see science cure any disease using the existing legal stem cell supply, we’ve yet to see these stem cells even successfully be teased into becoming any other type of cell (the whole basis of all of the speculation of the value of embyonic stem cell research).
Mr. Fox and his family are not the only persons to suffer from Parkinson’s, nor are they spokespersons for all Parkinson’s sufferers and their families. My own mother has had Parkinson’s since 1990 and is totally against as am I and the rest of our family, any “cure” that would seek to cannibalize other human life for our own gain.
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