Do Stem Cells Save Lives or Kill Embryos

There are three types of Stem Cells that are currently present in today’s world of medicine: Embryotic, Pluripotent, and Umbilical cord stem cells. These three types of Stem Cells are the building blocks that can develop into over 270 different kinds of cells in the human body. They are able to transform into anything from muscle, brain, blood and Skin cells to any organ in the human body. Stem Cell research is one of the most heated topics being faced by millions of Americans in today’s world. While supporters of this new breakthrough in science tout its potential to cure everything from blindness to paralysis, those against stem cells raise a moral and ethical issue on the procedure of extracting a human embryo in order to make Stem Cells. However, Stem Cells have the ability to cure the uncurable and has the power to cure millions of people around the world suffering from life threatening diseases; which is why Stem Cell research should be permitted to advance since it has the ability to save millions of lives without the killing of any new life form.

Stem Cell Research should be permitted because it opens the door for many possibilities that in the past were not possible, and in the coming years when science advances we will be able to save humanity from the deadliest diseases. In China “researchers said they have created a new kind of stem cell, one that is more versatile...” (Fikes, San Diego Tribune). This new advancement in Stem cells proves that in the U.S Stem Cell research should be permitted because currently place like China and Europe are leading the race in Stem Cells while the U.S is lagging. This new type of Stem Cell can bear every cell or tissue in the human body which shows that this type of Stem cell can save millions of human lives. In cases where diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart diseases are affecting millions of people a day, this new advancement in Stem Cell research can now help and save them from their agonizing pain. Even though some may assert that this new cell is morally unacceptable because it can give rise to a an embryo; their argument can be debunked because this new stem cell cannot give rise to a whole embryo because after just 7 days of the half-embryo being created the cells are extracted which would then stop the process of a complete embryo forming. Also, fourteen days into the embryo being formed the cells are at a molecular level and no heart beat or organ have been formed, which shows that extracting an embryo by 14 days does not pose any ethical or moral issue. Furthermore, with more research being done new Stem Cells will be able to be used “for the purpose of cultivating organs that can be transplanted into [humans]” (Fikes, San Diego Tribune). In the coming years when doctors and scientists will be able to use the induced pluripotent to cultivate human organs it will solve the countries organ donner shortage that we are currently having. Many kids and adults that are clinging on to what they have left of their lives hoping for a new lung, liver or heart will be given that hope and a new chance at life all due to the thanks of this new medical breakthrough “Stem Cells.” In all, Stem Cells are a new medical breakthrough that should be funded by the U.S government and not restricted because at the end of the day these “magical cells” will save millions of humans globally.

 Lou Gehrig’s disease, diabetes, Sickle Cell Anemia, Alzheimer’s. This world is plague by countless of deadly diseases and there existed a time in the past where, after many failed attempts to cure these diseases, scientists began to believe that people would always suffer from these diseases. However, with the introduction of stem cell research those past ideas were dismissed. “Stem Cells have the potential to revolutionize the treatment of a large number of serious diseases that affect millions of Americans-including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer, and Parkinson’s” (Lee and Griswold, SCR). The ability to read something like this in the past would be unbelievable because no one would ever guess that one day these diseases will be cured. This backs up the fact that Stem Cell Research should be funded and permitted to advance because as said it will “revolutionize” the medical world and give hope for all the people waiting for a miracle to happen. These Embryotic Stem Cells will give hope to that little girl that is bedridden due to ALS or that little boy that wishes to become a scientists and help other but cannot due to Parkinson’s; Stem Cells can solve all of these kids problems and will change the world that we know greatly all thanks to the Obama Administration raising the funding restrictions that President Bush put in place because of what he thought was a moral issue. While many argue that scientists are killing human formed embryos to produce Stem Cells, they are mistaken because all of their moral and ethical issues are based of false facts and knowledge because most concerns are due to the fact that people misunderstand the science involving the creation of Stem Cells. Furthermore, Stem Cells have already cured and gave two people a new chance of life that before were paralyzed. As doctors in Zurich said, “To see this kind of change in patients who truly have the worst-of-the-worst type of injurie to the spinal cord is very exciting” (Business Insider). This trial helped two patience that were left paralyzed due to severe injuries be able to regain feeling in their lower section of their body. This can show how Stem Cell research had many benefits and is already curing people at its early stages, in the future when more research is done it is going to be able to cure many more patience with the same or worse problems. These embryotic Stem Cells were able to be injected into patients’ body and transform into nervous system cells to start repairing the damage the injuries left to those patience bodies. This by itself is a breakthrough and why research on these stem cells should be permitted to advance because this tool is saving millions of people’s lives without killing any new life form. The advantages of Stem Cells out weigh the negatives because while scientists are removing one embryo from a human, they are saving thousands of other people using just one embryo which backs up the argument that Stem Cell research should be permitted to advance.

Once people understand how embryotic cells are taken from the body to be used as Stem cells, it can be explained why this process is not at all unethical or morally unacceptable. Stem cells hold great promise for the future of medicine because scientists will be able to learn how some illnesses form and try to use this data to create an anecdote for the illness. “Stem cell research could also shed light on the causes of and potential therapies for cancer and various genetic diseases” (Lee and Griswold, SCR). Thus far, stem cell therapies have been developed to treat diseases that in the past were not able to be cured. One example is bone marrow transplant to treat Anemia and other blood disorders. The stem cells in bone marrow are injected into a patient who has a blood disorder and these cells can create and regenerate new blood cells, restoring the patient's immune system. Therapies such as this will advance even more in the future if Stem Cell research is permitted to continue. Many may argue that a human embryo should have the same rights as a further developed human being because they justify that these embryos have a soul and are living; however as stated by many scientists and doctors an embryo dish has not developed to the point that a heartbeat is present or in which any organ is beginning to form. These embryo dishes are like blueprints to start creating a human but still have not been built yet. Also, to not develop this new technology would harm over 200 million patients in the United states that are affected by these illnesses that could be possibly cured through Stem Cells. Furthermore, back in the 90s president Clinton restricted government funding on Stem Cells and the United States began to lag behind other 1st world countries, and what was a bigger blow to the scientific community is that when president Bush also restricted government funding on embryotic stem Cells. These regulations put the United States in last place for the race to cure many deadly diseases and it destroyed the hope that hundreds of millions of patients had to be treated for their respective issue. Many deadly injuries couldn’t be fixed due to the fact president administrations felt that their issues on Stem cells outweighed the possibility to help people. As a Zurich scientist said “To find something that can repair the spinal cord is a huge breakthrough. If we can show that something has changed for the better [as a result of stem cell therapy] that’s fundamental” (Business Insider). The debate over government funding for embryotic Stem Cells is over the fact that it is ethical because it saves millions of lives or it is not ethical because it “requires” the destruction of an embryo. The Obama administration realizing the major advantage of Stem Cell research lifted the regulations on Stem Cell research, and now many treatments using Stem Cells will help treat many intricate injuries like the spinal cord or nervous system. Having proof that these embryotic Stem Cells can heal a patient is revolutionary and adds to the advantages of Stem Cells because while some people have issues with this topic, they are all based of misconceptions of the process that these embryotic cells are created and used. Though the destruction of a life is typically seen to be unethical, the rights of an embryo in its beginning stages is very unclear and therefore cannot be equated to the moral status of a matured human being.