The joke is on all those who voted in favor of proposition 71 last November in the golden state of California. Proposition 71, funded to the tune of $3billion ($6billion with interest!), stem cell research. Playing off of the hopes and fears of people, we were told that cures were just around the corner, help was on the way, if only taxpayers would fund this research. And before the ink was dry on the ballets, the truth began to leak out….maybe cures will be found, maybe in a decade we may have some therapies developed, maybe, maybe, maybe. Just imagine what California could have done with this $3billion dollars if we were really concerned about our human future.
- 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.