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Real Stem Cell Research

January 5, 2011 1 comment

Hello again. I came upon this article and it really made me think. We have been hearing for years that embryonic stem cell research, the kind you actually have to kill an unborn child to do, is going to lead to a new world of medical breakthroughs curing all kinds of diseases. Yet time and time again we see that the real breakthroughs are being done by adult stem cell research, where an adult gives cells from their own bodies to help another human being in need. This is a really touching story about a woman who donated stem cells in her eyes so that her sister could see. It was a huge medical breakthrough. No one is against advancing science or saving lives, and this is a great example of doing this without having to go down that dark road of judging how many lives you must end to do it. Kudos to all the people out there who are doing real stem cell research, and have the courage not to sacrifice human life to do so.

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An evening discussing stem cells

October 18, 2010 1 comment

Tomorrow evening (October 19) the Toronto Right to Life Association and the University of Toronto Students for Life will be hosting Dr. Clem Persaud at Hart House. He will be discussing stem cell research and how this relates to ethics. Be sure to check it out if you can. Here is the poster:

Adult Stem Cells FTW!

Researchers in Italy have successfully treated dozens of patients, who were blinded as a result of chemical burns, with their own stem cells. The list of potential uses for adult stem cells keeps rising while embryonic stem cells haven’t really hit the mark.

The treatment worked completely in 82 of 107 eyes and partially in 14 others, with benefits lasting up to a decade so far. One man whose eyes were severely damaged more than 60 years ago now has near-normal vision.

In the study, published online by the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers took a small number of stem cells from a patient’s healthy eye, multiplied them in the lab and placed them into the burned eye, where they were able to grow new corneal tissue to replace what had been damaged. Since the stem cells are from their own bodies, the patients do not need to take anti-rejection drugs.

This is another advantage of adult stem cells. The body recognizes the cell already so rejection is not a major factor, unlike embryonic stem cells.

Adult stem cells, which are found around the body, are different from embryonic stem cells, which come from human embryos and have stirred ethical concerns because removing the cells requires destroying the embryos.

Pro-lifers are not against science. As time goes on and more research becomes available adult stem cells will be the difference maker in healing, not embryonic stem cells. Plus they are ethically sound! Win Win!

Who says embryos are not human? Just consult your local embryology textbook

 To follow up on Blaise’s post on Dr. Gerard Nadal, I bring you quotes from regular embryology textbooks that students can purchase at their local university bookstore.  It always seems like people don’t want to say when human life begins.  The funny thing is that the actual experts in embryology have no problem saying when life begins.  But what do they know really?  It’s not like embryologists are interested in science or anything.

Part I:

Zygote. This cell, formed by the union of an ovum and a sperm (Gr. zyg tos, yoked together), represents the beginning of a human being. The common expression ‘fertilized ovum’ refers to the zygote.

Although life is a continuous process, fertilization is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is thereby formed

This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.

Read the rest here:

http://gerardnadal.com/2010/01/05/the-identity-and-status-of-the-human-embryo/

 Part II:

The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual.

The development of a human begins with fertilization, a process by which the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote.

Human development begins after the union of male and female gametes or germ cells during a process known as fertilization (conception).

Read the rest here:

http://gerardnadal.com/2010/01/07/more-from-the-scientific-community-on-the-identity-and-status-of-the-human-embryo/

Pampers Ad Features Babies in the Womb

I’m no fan of the iPad, but this new Pampers ad is pretty great and it’s been making the rounds in pro-life circles.

Jill Stanek provides some context by pointing to an old G.E. ad from 2002 for 4D ultrasounds that apparently raised ire from pro-choicers because… um… I guess… babies?

Neither of these ads are intentionally pro-life, but if you take a look at what “a pregnancy” actually is, it’s hard not to consider what would happen if these children weren’t “wanted.”

(ps don’t buy an iPad)

Amazing Photographs of Unborn Animals

Just as you may have expected, they’re just “blobs of cells.” Except, not at all.

These amazing embryonic animal photographs of dolphins, sharks, dogs, penguins, cats and elephants are from a new National Geographic Documentary called “Extraordinary Animals in the Womb”. The show’s producer, Peter Chinn, used a combination of three-dimensional ultrasound scans, computer graphics and tiny cameras to capture the process from conception to birth. They are the most detailed embryonic animal pictures ever seen.

Unborn elephant

Unborn animal

Unborn animal

Unborn dolphin

Unborn animal

Unborn puppy

Unborn puppy

Unborn penguin

File this one away under “duh—life begins at conception.”

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Citizenship Lessons Teach Children To Respect Living Beings, No Matter How Small

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment

New curriculum guidance in the UK says that citizenship classes should teach respect for tiny, living beings (via ProWomanProLife):

Good citizenship is not just a question of respect for one’s fellow humans, it seems. The government has decreed that children should be taught not to hurt a fly.

New curriculum guidance says citizenship classes should pay due regard to the wellbeing of what it calls “mini-beasts”, including bees, ants and worms.

The classes are part of the “animals and us” section of the primary school citizenship curriculum. It says children can become “active citizens” by learning that “other living things have needs and they have responsibilities to meet them”.

By the age of seven pupils should have learnt that “humans have a responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of animals, including mini-beasts” and will have been told rules for “behaviour in areas where animals live”: for example, “not stamping on insects”.

But don’t tell anyone not to hurt an unborn child! That would be hate and harrassment.

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