Ever since Robert Klein and company dreamed up proposition 71, asking California taxpayers to go into debt to the tune of $6 billion, I have been shaking my head. First, I objected ethically to the creation of cloned embryos. Also, I objected ethically to destroying human embryos. As a women, I also have significant concerns about the massive numbers of women this type of research will need. Where else will all these embryos come from if we don’t have their eggs. Plus not to mention my concerns over the fiscal recklessness of such hyped hopeful promises over and above all the other needs we could take care of with $6 billion of funding. That is a lot of healthcare we could provide for the uninsured. A lot of funding for schools and trauma centers which are closing their doors in CA. And, not to say, “I told you so” but look at today’s newspaper headlines.
Experts say profit interest may discourage private investment
- 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.