Mom Wants A Diabetes Cure

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Dear Mr. President....

I just wanted to applaud your stance on holding true to your moral standing. It is the rare man who stands firm by his own beliefs in the tide of dissention.

To sacrifice cells in order to advance research that has the potential to save and enrich millions of lives is out of line, sir. You were so right so save those "small collection of cells".

Never mind the child who has cancer that will shorten his life span to a mere 6 years.

Never mind the adult with MS who can't support his family because he's too weak and in severe pain to work.

Never mind the woman with Alzeimers who sees a family member standing in front of her, but can't make out whether they're her brother, sister, husband, or daughter.

Never mind the child who shakes and sweats and looks pleadingly into his mother's eyes as she makes him drink juice so as to avoid him slipping into diabetic coma.

Never mind those people, and millions of others with millions of other life debilitating and life threatening chronic conditions and diseases.

Small collections of cells are what we have to preserve against the moral corruptness of scientific research. Nevermind the millions of American people you claim to hold dear to your heart.

A Moral American Mother


  • “Continuing advances in stem cell medicine will change all of our lives for the better.”

    Despite such assumptions, research using human embryonic stem cells has so far been unsuccessful. All of the breakthroughs using stem cells for medical therapy have so far been found through the use of adult stem cells—cells obtained directly from the individual in need of therapy and used successfully to treat a growing list of serious illnesses.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/20/2006 9:45 AM  

  • So far it's been unsuccessful. Perhaps the techniques used have made that so.

    To wipe out an entire prospect is foolish.

    By Blogger Shannon, at 7/20/2006 10:03 AM  

  • Ah, the anonymous commentors strike again. Balls.

    This research needs to continue. It has to continue. So many lives depend on it.

    Superman needs to fly.

    By Blogger Kerri., at 7/20/2006 12:08 PM  

  • One day, my friend, Superman will fly ;)

    By Blogger Shannon, at 7/20/2006 12:14 PM  

  • Shannon, I feel you on this letter and share your sentiments and intensity.

    I sure hope you send it.

    Dear Anonymous, please uncloak or see the Wizard for some courage...

    By Blogger Johnboy, at 7/20/2006 1:21 PM  

  • Part of the reason, my little trollie anonymousie friend, that HESR has been unsuccessful to date is that scientists have not been able to use federal tax dollars, except on lines of contaminated and questionably viable cells.

    Nice letter, Shannon.

    By Blogger art-sweet, at 7/20/2006 2:07 PM  

  • JB and Art...thanks :)

    By Blogger Shannon, at 7/20/2006 3:22 PM  

  • Well put, Shannon.

    And you know, sharing an opposing opinion is nothing to be ashamed of.

    Hiding behind the "Anonymous" moniker while doing so?

    Well now, that's a different story.

    By Blogger Sandra Miller, at 7/20/2006 3:25 PM  

  • Shannon -

    Please send this letter. Today. We all need to let the powers that be know that this decision has real, detrimental effects on real people.


    PS Anonymous. What scientists have you been talking to? Every report, every comment, every everything I've read from legit scientific sources has indicated that adult stem cells, though showing some promise, are nowhere near as pliable as ESC, that it's more difficult to produce them in large quantities, and that they lose their potency over time.

    Further, the reason we've seen more advancement with adult stem cells is because there is funding behind the researchers using them; the approximately 60 embryonic stem cell lines in use by researchers backed with federal funding are of questionable viability.

    With all of the science out there proving you wrong, your argument made behind a cloak of anonymity is both bunk and cowardly.

    By Blogger Nicole P, at 7/20/2006 4:11 PM  

  • Bravo.

    By Anonymous terrilynn, at 7/21/2006 7:12 AM  

  • Shannon, Because, I do not know enough about this bill (shame on me!) and after reading "a small collection of cells" that you linked to in your post, with this information I would agree with you and yet would not like to see emybros used, not even those that supposedly were left abandoned. It is such a complex subject, and it seems only my feelings lead me.
    Stem cell research seems the logical way to go, a sure path to helping us discover cures. I believe stem cell is the avenue to take in order to help us understand, in researching stem cells it might enable us to discover that which we are searching for in the cure to diease. Yet I am caught on the fence by moral thoughts, and my fear to admit that abortion or the use of cells abandon at fertility clinics as something I agree with. I do beleive that the those "small collection of cells" are life...and I would not want to stand to say it is okay to abort or destroy them...though I do not consider myself 100% pro life. So I sit on the fence, and pray, and question, and look to people like you to listen to and nod.
    Thank you for your knowledge and desire, that has you off the fence and doing more than me!

    By Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques, at 7/28/2006 1:12 PM  

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