Some Myths About Stem Cell Research

Robert Strand

womaninlabMedical technology is advancing at an incredible pace...but along with this advance, is leading us into difficult bio-ethics dilemmas. The use of human embryos for this research and cloning represents a critical crossroads in the life of our culture and society. What will we do? How are we to come to the right moral decisions? There are many misunderstandings and myths about his subject, let's explore this subject.

MYTH ONE: STEM CELLS CAN ONLY COME FROM EMBRYOS. The fact is that stem cells can be taken from umbilical cords, the placenta, amniotic fluid, adult tissues and organs such as bone marrow, fat from liposuction, regions of the nose, and even from cadavers up to twenty hours after death.

MYTH TWO: CHRISTIANS ARE AGAINST STEM CELL RESEARCH. There are four categories of stem cells: embryonic stem cells, embryonic germ cells, umbilical cord stem cells, and adult stem cells. Given that germ cells can come from miscarriages that involve no deliberate interruption of pregnancy, Christians in general oppose the use of only one of these four categories, EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS! In other words, most Christians approve of three of the four possible types of stem cell research.

MYTH THREE: EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH IS AGAINST THE LAW. In reality, there is no law or regulation against destroying human embryos for research purposes. Anyone using private funds is free to pursue it.

The above facts are provided by the "Family Research Council" founded in 1983 and dedicated to articulating and advancing a family centered philosophy of public life!

"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27).