Yesterday H.R. 810 was passed. Sponsored by Castle (R) and DeGette (D) this bipartisan bill will allow couples who have created embryos for infertility to donate the spare or leftover ones for embryonic stem cell research. In case you haven’t been paying attention to the whole stem cell/cloning debate, H.R. is yesterday’s science! Will scientists want to do embryonic stem cell research on leftover or spare embryos? Absolutley, no. Just watch the debate unfold . . . what they really want to do is cloning research on freshly created CLONED embryos. And the score card to date on therapies developed from embryonic stem cell research vs. adult stem cell research is 0 to 58!
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.