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Campaign to Sway Opinion on Stem Cell Research Is On

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, July 30, 2001

Campaign to Sway Opinion on Stem Cell Research Is On

President Bush may decide as early as this week whether to approve of federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Meanwhile, scientists and other pro-stem cell research activists are doing all they can to manipulate public opinion. In the last few days we've heard of paralyzed mice that can walk and other laboratory miracles brought about by the use of stem cells.

Now comes the biggest P.R. stunt of all. Scientists have announced that stem cells derived from an aborted baby and implanted in the brain of a baby still in its mother's womb, could possibly repair brain abnormalities in the unborn human.

One of the doctors said he saw the possibility of treating ailments such as Tay-Sachs disease, a fatal genetic disorder in children, by injecting stem cells into the brain of a developing baby in the womb.

You see what's happening don't you? This is about establishing a moral basis for abortion.

My prediction? President Bush is a politician. I think he'll find a way to open the door to stem cell research while claiming the high moral ground by blocking certain procedures. I hope I'm wrong.