Just what is the success rate of embryonic stem cell research?
A tremendous amount of time, political power, and money–even federal funds–is poured into this area of science. Thus, it would be good to know what is going on and whether it is ethical.
Let’s define our terms to begin.
A stem cell can be thought of like a “blank” cell that has yet to decide what type of cell it wants to be. Will it become heart muscle? A skin cell? A nerve cell?
The idea behind stem cell research is that these blank cells can be applied to people’s bodies which are damaged. The stem cell will, in theory, become the type of cell needed to bring therapeutic relief and repair to a person’s body.
This type of research, in principle, remains commendable. Bringing treatments and cures to those physically damaged, obviously, continues to be a noble exercise.
That said, there remains an ethical concern in this area of science that cannot be ignored.
From where are these stem cells obtained?
The largest source of stem cells comes from human embryos, at the stage called blastocyst. These are human beings just five-to-six-days-old, post-conception.
Thanks to the unethical practice of in vitro fertilization, literally millions of human embryos remain frozen. Scientists often make use of these “leftovers” for their scientific experimentation.
When they extract stem cells from embryos, they cause violent damage to the embryo, causing these tiny humans to die.
In other words, they kill innumerable human lives, in the name of treating or curing others. This is diabolical.
You cannot do evil so that good may come from it. You certainly can’t murder humans to try to prolong the life of other humans. Yet, this is exactly what embryonic stem cell research does.
SO, JUST WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH?
So, you would think if the scientists are destroying this much human life, then they ought to have something to point to as justification for their carnage, right?
Yet, the success rate of embryonic stem cell research remains a steady zero. As in, the number less than one.
All the millions of dollars poured into this life-destroying science, and they are batting .000 (0%).
Not a single cure has come from embryonic stem cell research.
No one has been cured of Parkinson’s Disease. (Sorry, Michael J. Fox.)
Not a single paraplegic has regained the ability to walk.
No blind person has been made to see.
No cancer patient has been cured.
You get the idea.
So, what is the success rate of embryonic stem cell research? Nothing. Nada. None. Zilch. Got it? Good.
GERM CELLS FROM ABORTED BABIES!
Don’t worry, it gets worse!
Embryonic germ cells also serve as stem cells for scientists to experiment on. The problem is they come from babies aborted before the eighth week in pregnancy.
In other words, scientists use the bodies of murdered human beings in their medical research.
Following the eighth week in pregnancy, the structures within the human body have all primarily taken shape. This greatly reduces the number of stem cells available. Hence the “need” to target the smallest of human beings for medical experimentation.
What is the success rate of embryonic stem cell research from germ cells? You guessed it: zero.
All those babies frozen at IVF clinics around the world should not be experimented on. They ought not to be dehumanized by becoming mere “biomedical waste” for scientific exploits.
The late Pope Saint John Paul the Great wrote the following in his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (‘The Gospel of Life’):
“This evaluation of the morality of abortion is to be applied also to the recent forms of intervention on human embryos which, although carried out for purposes legitimate in themselves, inevitably involve the killing of those embryos.
“This is the case with experimentation on embryos, which is becoming increasingly widespread in the field of biomedical research and is legally permitted in some countries.
“Although ‘one must uphold as licit procedures carried out on the human embryo which respect the life and integrity of the embryo and do not involve disproportionate risks for it, but rather are directed to its healing, the improvement of its condition of health, or its individual survival,’ it must nonetheless be stated that the use of human embryos or fetuses as an object of experimentation constitutes a crime against their dignity as human beings who have a right to the same respect owed to a child once born, just as to every person.
“This moral condemnation also regards procedures that exploit living human embryos and fetuses—sometimes specifically ‘produced’ for this purpose by in vitro fertilization—either to be used as ‘biological material’ or as providers of organs or tissue for transplants in the treatment of certain diseases. The killing of innocent human creatures, even if carried out to help others, constitutes an absolutely unacceptable act” (#63, emphasis added).
Want to discuss the success rate of embryonic stem cell research? You can do so only if you consider practicing gravely immoral biomedical practices a “success.”
A DIFFERENT STEM CELL RESEARCH DOES OCCUR AND HAS PROVEN SUCCESSFUL
Lastly, let’s tackle some good news. Scientists have found treatments and cures by utilizing adult stem cells in their research.
Although harder to obtain, adult stem cells have proven a burgeoning field of scientific advances. Scientists obtain this type of stem cell ethically. After all, no human being has to be murdered to obtain them.
Success cases are aplenty. For instance, quadriplegic, Laura Dominguez has walked again, thanks to adult stem cell therapy.
Amy Daniels suffered from systemic scleroderma—a disease known for “turning people into stone.” Adult stem cells applied to her have helped her make nearly a fully recovery.
Joe Davis, Jr. was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia at eight months old. He was given ten years to live. He was cured by age two and has not had a trace of the disease since then. Examples could go on from there.
Interestingly, Davis, Jr.’s cure came from an unexpected source: his brother’s umbilical cord. Following his younger brother’s birth, the doctors used adult stem cells from the umbilical cord to cure Davis, Jr.!
Other sources of adult stem cells include ambiotic fluid, placentas, body tissues, bone marrow, and even human cadavers.
Had you been asked about the success rate of embryonic stem cell research, what would you have stated?
Now that you have read this, has your opinion of embryonic stem cell research changed?
On these questions or anything else on your mind on this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below!