One of the very unfortunate hyped stories running wild through various newspapers and scientific and academic journals, is the idea that if we don’t remove the federal restrictions on embryonic stem cell research we will lose great scientists to other countries. Michael Woods, the science editor for the Toledo Blade has the guts to tell the real story. Embryonic Stem cell research using private funds in totally legal and unrestricted in the U.S. NIH funding with taxpayers dollars funds 100s of millions of dollars annually for stem cell research (embryonic, adult and cord blood). And compared to many other countries around the world who will fine you and throw you in jail, the U.S. is a very hospitable stem cell haven for researcher. Interesting to point out, those countries in the EU who oppose embryonic and embryo cloning research are affiliated with the socialists and green parties on the left. These are the coalitions being built here in the U.S. as well. You just don’t hear that part of the story, just that this is a prolife, radical right winged agenda!
- 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.