Sunday, August 13, 2006

SJ-R.COM - State brochure on cord blood to be published

Okay, I can get behind the state on this one. It's too bad that they've spent millions on attempting to rally people around embryonic stem-cell research when cord blood stem cells can be donated and used like vital organs. We have this huge number of cells in the cord blood that can be reconfigured to help others and it doesn't destroy a human life in the process. This is where we need to redirect state stem-cell research dollars.

And before you get all huffy on me about using the phrase "destroy a human life" I should remind you that I'm Catholic. I do indeed believe that life begins at conception. Using the stem cells generated by the destruction of a human embryo is still trying to justify an evil act (murder of the innocent and most vulnerable) by trying to make a good use out of it (potential cures for diseases). If you want further definitions, please read through the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It goes further into the discussion of how doing evil to do good is still evil. It shows the differences between acts of murder, acts of war, and the death penalty. Being conceived is neither an act of willful aggression to do bodily harm nor an act of war, so why should we respond to it with such violence? I can concede certain points on war and the death penalty, especially in modern cases. It certainly can be argued that our current war in Iraq is morally wrong, even when faced with a multitude of reasons to invade. It can also be argued that the death penalty is still necessary as a form of punishment, despite having recourse to life imprisonment with no chance for parole. Myself, I think that having more than one reason to go to war makes more sense than having just one reason. I also don't find the death penalty applicable in every case where it's used. There are better alternatives.

In all, we've found a way to save lives without having to take other lives in return. How can we justify publishing only a small brochure on the subject? This is one case where the State of Illinois should be using a media blitz.

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