Adult Stem Cell Awareness

May 7, 2008

Judie Brown not happy with language in WI bishops’ stem cell letter

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,prayer action — benotafraid @ 1:21 pm

Recently the Catholic bishops of Wisconsin released a pastoral letter entitled, “Serving All and Sacrificing None”.  Judie Brown of American Life League finds the language used in the document “sloppy”. Catholic Exchange has Judie’s full commentary here.

She finds fault, for instance, with the bishops’ wording:

We know many struggle with official Catholic teaching that a small group of cells invisible to the naked eye deserves the same protection as the life of a baby in the womb. . .

She may have a point. Professor Diane Irving is also unhappy with this language. On the other hand, it is important to convey to those who are sincerely confused (or just plain obstinately wrong) that we do understand why they do not see what we see. They see individual cells, we see the early stages of an already existent human being. If we cannot show them that we see what they see, they will not even begin to try to see what we see. Perhaps it would have been better not to omit or change the words “a small group of cells”, but to add to them, ‘which is already a human being with an inherent right to life”.

Is this just tit for tat, dotting “i’s”, etc? I don’t know. In my work, I do know that language is powerful. Judie’s point is true, a concession of a word here or there can have difficult consequences. On the other hand, there are ways to use language which can build bridges and invite opportunities for understanding . . . and that is, I think, the goal of a pastoral letter. What do you think?



1 Comment »

  1. “On the other hand, there are ways to use language which can build bridges and invite opportunities for understanding . . . and that is, I think, the goal of a pastoral letter. What do you think?”

    I AGREE, and I hope that different approach to this vastly misunderstood issue will appeal to some and build a bridge or two, so here goes.

    The difference between adult stem cells (ASC) and embryonic stem cells (ESC) explains why ESC researchers have been failing for ten years and why they will continue fail to find a therapy in the next decade to match what ASC are already doing. There are just two simple facts:

    1—ASC are in the body to provide Medical Self Repair.
    The reason that ASC researchers are improving thousands of lives for almost every disease and medical condition known to man, is that it is relatively easy to train an ASC to do what it was born to do: REPAIR. And when they start to repair what they were sent to repair, they stay there and reproduce, thus generating more repair.

    2—ESC are in the body to make babies.
    The reason ESC researchers always fail is that they cannot accept that ESC are “obsessive” in their desire to become babies. Good ESC researchers can sometimes, with great difficulty and at a very high cost in dollars and time, train an ESC to do what he or she wants it to do, such as improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s. But no one can control that cell’s impossible-to-stop desire to make a baby. ESC do not stay there to continue to repair and reproduce—there is no off-switch on an ESC, so it cannot be controlled and the too-frequent result is deadly tumors.

    Don Margolis
    International Center for
    Adult Stem Cell Education

    Comment by don margolis — May 10, 2008 @ 11:56 am | Reply

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