So here is the big deal, cord blood banking is having some real opposition from this President Bush Guy, I mean the guy is like veto-ing science and research for the sake of his cronies, I’m not sure why so many people are going with this, but progress is progress…if we had a war or something then we’d work on other weapons. So how is the medical community in the US any different to be able to work on science like stem cell and cord blood banking to surpass other counties any different. Its a race for intellectuals and these medical companies with locate in friendlier science countries and do important research and break-thru there. It really comes down to a matter of jobs, and if pregnant women aren’t allowed to choose to have their babies umbilical cells frozen to be used later then we all loose. Think about the costs, it roughly costs about $2,000 to start in a cord blood bank, these are the admin fees, then another 100$ or so every year to keep everything frozen. If there was more research and thus competition for the Biolife and CyroBanks of the world, then the cost would come down and everyone could do it.
Here are some words about the government keeping control on our lives…as usual 😉
“If this bill would have become law, American taxpayers would, for the first time in our history, be compelled to fund the deliberate destruction of human embryos. And I’m not going to allow it,” Bush said in the July 19 ceremony. “Crossing the line would needlessly encourage a conflict between science and ethics that can only do damage to both and to our nation as a whole. If we’re to find the right ways to advance ethical medical research, we must also be willing, when necessary, to reject the wrong ways.”
Bush announced his actions in the White House’s East Room to an audience that included 18 families with “snowflake” children they adopted as embryos in storage at fertility clinics, four families who donated embryos to other families and four people who have been treated with non-embryonic stem cells, which do not harm donors.
Southern Baptist public policy leader Richard Land commended Bush for “standing by the principles he has articulated on this issue from the beginning.”
“The essential issue here is whether or not we as a nation want to underwrite the killing of unborn children in order to try to seek cures for older and bigger human beings,” said Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and an attendee at the White House event. “This is biotech cannibalism in which we eat our own young in order to treat and extend the lives of older and bigger human beings. Americans should be grateful we have a president who says, ‘No, this is not the kind of nation we want to be.’”
Bush signed into law the Fetus Farming Prohibition Act, S. 3504, which bars the acceptance of tissue from an embryo implanted or developed in a woman or animal for research purposes. Though no such experiments have been performed with human beings, some researchers have aborted animal fetuses and harvested their body parts as a possible precursor, supporters of the new ban said. The “fetus farming” ban passed both houses of Congress unanimously.
See what I mean, its like Bush is just making up this moral BS to pander to people that really don’t understand that this research is essential to humans and will happen somewhere else regardless. Its seriously a matter of economics and jobs and not fluff morals and being better then others…let’s look at the reality of life…its hard and we are here for survival and replication….check out this guy for more logical and scientific realities http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dawkins …stop living a fantasy world BUSH!