• United States
3 Aug 08
Embryonic stem cell research makes me a little queasy, but at least, as jacki said, a life that would otherwise be wasted is being put to good use. It's hard to think of it like that, but it is what it is. There are other ways to harvest stem cells, though, without harming an embryo/fetus - stem cells can be found in the umbilical cord after birth. In the end, I do support stem cell research, because it has already proven to help many people who had no hope prior to this. It's not the prettiest way to get things done, but this could lead to other research that might not be as grisly but still produce fantastic, life saving results.
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Jun 08
The controversy is not with all stem cells but with embryonic stem cells. Anyway here is the Wikipedia page on the subject if you're interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stem_cell The question, I think, is whether or not it is morally right to create an embryo knowing that you have no intention of allowing it to develop. And if you were opposed to the research, but you could cure a family member's illness using a treatment developed from that research, would you use it? If you believe that human life is sacred and that life begins at conception, you would, I would think, have to be opposed to both the research and taking advantage of the results. For me a 4 to 5 day old embryo in a test tube would not qualify. And I would absolutely use such a treatment (if one were ever developed) to help a family member.