Many credible scientists have been working hard to develop ethical ways to advance embryonic stem cell research. Oocyte assisted reprogramming and altered nuclear transfer are two ways to get embryonic stem cells without ever creating an embryo, thereby getting around the moral issue of creating a human embryo for destruction. Senator Arlen Specter, who himself is battling cancer, is red hot mad that four scientist are being allowed to give testimony today on their alternative science. Specter said, “The potential for stem cells has been held in abeyance much too long.” So he is mad about pursuing ethical options because of the POTENTIAL for the stem cell research he favors. So let me get this straight, he favors unethical potential research over ethical potential research. Which is pro human?
- 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.