A Former Embryo Against Stem Cell Research
A fellow Lutheran blogger has inquired why I have not had anything to say about the vote on stem cell research coming up in Missouri next month, a vote on "Amendment 2." We’ve been inundated here by advertisements featuring a trembling Hollywood actor, tugging at our heart strings, to believe that a vote against Amendment 2 means the end of hope for persons with his unfortunate neurological condition. We have baseball stars and football stars and TV stars and a movie star telling us to vote against Amendment 2. By the way, there is a great post today at the Get Religion blog about the misleading ads being used to sway people to vote for embryonic stem cell research. The most ridiculous of the bunch is former Senator Danforth in deep tones telling us that a vote against embryonic stem cell research will mean Missourians are being deprived of all the wonderful benefits of embroynic stem cell research.
Frankly, I doubt the Cyberbrethren blog site is read by too many people who are not already convinced that embryonic stem cell research is wrong, but on the outside chance there is somebody reading that doesn’t understand why embryonic stem cell research is wrong, let me simply say this.
What is the "thing" we are talking about? It is you. It is me. It is us. We are all former "embryos." We do not treat human beings at any point in their lives as things to be experimented on and destroyed. The last time this was done in an organized systematic and intentional fashion there people were being tormented and experimented on, killed and then thrown with millions of other people into death camp ovens across Germany, The human embryo is a human being. Period. It is not a life unworthy of being lived. And it is not a "thing" for us to do with as we will.
That’s the bottom line.
So, from one former embryo to another, I hope this is your bottom line as well. I’m voting no on Amendment 2. I hope you will too.