Before we go into the debate any further we would like to mention that this article is meant to compose only to voice our concern and express the global public opinion. We are not intending to hurt the feelings of any particular section of the society. Since embryonic stem cell (ES) research has received the green signal from the US government at this point we can only support the decision and defend our views.
Firstly we would quote an excerpt from a website known as Catholic Planet on “Against Embryonic Stem Cell Research” :
“Therefore, by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his Successors, and in communion with the Bishops of the Catholic Church, I confirm that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral. This doctrine, based upon that unwritten law which man, in the light of reason, finds in his own heart (cf. Rom 2:14-15), is reaffirmed by Sacred Scripture, transmitted by the Tradition of the Church and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium.” (Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, n. 57).
This teaching of the Catholic Church is an infallible teaching based on Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. It is also taught by natural law, that is, by the natural light of reason placed in humanity by God. The Magisterium of the Church, in the above quote, affirms that this doctrine is infallible. Therefore, any method for obtaining embryonic stem cell that results in the death of the prenatal is gravely immoral, regardless of how the embryo’s life begins.
With all due regards to the religious “pundits” we would say, that after reading through the excerpt, can anyone come into conclusion that whether Christ or Christianity ever opposed to embryonic stem cell research? Never a word has been spelled by Christ against the manipulation of embryonic cell.
Now, some people may argue, that embryonic cells are human beings or budding human beings. But doesn’t it sounds a bit illogical or to go more further and say that they are made by some “biological illiterates”?
Who would decide that whether an embryonic cell will always have the potential to grow into human and not get damaged at any point of time whatever might be the reason be. Embryonic cells are a cluster of cell found in the blastocyst stage in the blastocoel. Now it is still not clear that from which point this cluster of cells be determined to be human beings. Since according to Christ voluntary killing of human beings is a crime.
In support to our view we can excerpt a quote made by House of Lords, 2002
The starting point for consideration of the ethics of research on human embryos is the status of early embryo. This was one of the fundamental questions facing the committee since it is intimately bound up with the questions of when human life tbegins and of the definition of a person.
We are happy to mention a short mythological in context to the stem cell.
Prometheus the Greek mythological hero was punished since he transgressed the laws of GOD and gave the fire to mankind. He was tied to a rock and everyday an eagle used to come and eat up his liver. During the night the liver regenerated. What will you call this? Isn’t it something similar to what you are protesting against - the concept of stem cells? See - Catholic “pundits”, your mythology is disapproving your blind ideas.
GOD has always destroyed the tools that have time and again came into being to destroy HIS nature and welcomed those which helped HIS creation. Its not you who can decide the fate. So from a religious point of view if stem cells would cause harm the human beings, we believe, HE has the power to demolish it.
Moreover it is to be mentioned here that Christianity we hope not only cares for human beings but treats all creations of GOD alike. Christ would not only like human beings to be manipulated but also should have cared for those millions of guinea pigs, rats, or even the monkeys on whom drug trials are undertaken. In this concern we haven’t seen much of the protest from the Catholic Churches.
In some cases we would say that they are even unlawful than ES research. This is because the guinea pigs and rats are gaining nothing out of the trials since all the trials are targeted for human well being. Then why should they sacrifice as none from their species would be benefited out of their sacrifice?
But being educated writers we understand the cause and never question the scientists in this manner. We know the cause for the betterment of the millions.
It is much more important to cure the disease than waste our time in unproductive debates. That does not mean that we would not care for the ethical reasons. But everything must be incorporated maintaining the “balance of the nature”. No one is more important than the cause. You might feel it if you have the heart to feel for the diseased.
We understand the anxiety and the poverty. We understand the cause of that young boy whose father the only earning member of the family is suffering from cancer and is to die within the next 5 days. Only if his father could have availed the stem cells treatment and get cured. But you who argued the cause against stem cell research, since 2001, you who have put barriers in the development, you are responsible for this man’s death and his son’s tragedy. You have voluntarily killed this human being in the name of Christianity. Can you defy?
Now when the ban is pulled out of the way from stem cell research, we expect something more fast and efficient from the researchers. And from now on we would not allow the Catholic Churches to kill the diseased anymore. Can you argue why the Hindus, the Muslims, the Buddhist will die due to some petty misconceptions raised by the Catholic Churches? We are not against Christianity at any point, but why other people would suffer in order to abide by the law laid by some other religion.
Lets hope for the better tomorrow and keep our dreams on. We want to feel the magic of stem cells.
“It is clear today that American science will be better served and the nation would be better served if we let our scientists have access to more cell lines. It is in the best interest of our scientists, our science, our country that we find ways — that the nation finds a way– to allow the science to go full speed on both adult and embryonic stem cell research. It is very clear from my point of view that the current cell lines will not be sufficient to do the research we want to do…It’s not possible for me to see how we can continue the momentum of science and in stem cell
research with the lines we currently have. I think it is important for us not to fight with one hand behind our back on this. To sideline NIH is shortsighted. We need to find a way to move forward… I hope we can do that soon.”
– Dr. Elias Zerhouni, Director, National Institutes of Health
“The debate regarding whether adult stem cells or embryonic stem cells are ‘better’ is a creation of politics and the press, not of the scientific community. I know of no credible stem cell scientist that does not believe that both should be studies; human medicine will suffer if either is excluded. If politics were not involved, the field of embryonic stem cell research would be much more advanced than it is today. It is difficult to estimate just how damaging the current restrictions have been to the field to date, but if the current estrictions are not eventually lifted, patients will suffer needlessly.”
– Dr. James Thomson, University of Wisconsin - Madison
“I support stem cell research. I think it is very, very important that the whole nation pulls
together on a federal and a state level.”
– California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger