Stem cell research is the hot issue of the week.

This is an article I wrote at the start of the year.

As more political figures attach their names to the Pros and Cons Stem Cell ballot, so have Hollywood actors.

In the link above we see how Michael J Fox lobbies for a democratic candidate that could influence the validity of stem cell research in that state.
Above is a link of actors and athletes who feel the issue is wrong.
However, the issue has become a political and religious debate rather than a scientific debate.

Majority of the Democratic Party seems to be in favor of the research while the Republican Party seems to be against it.

According to 2004 statistics, 1.5 million abortions happen in the US and over 45 million if you count the rest of the world. These aborted fetuses could be used to further the studies on stem research.

Stem Cells are taken from unborn fetuses and are able to be molded into any type of cell needed to replace damaged cells, and prevent and cure cancerous cells.

The Republican Party being strongly conservative has sided with the religious groups calling the research unethical and a waste of the tax payer’s money.

The religious are opposed to abortion and the fact that a fetus is life. During the first six to ten weeks, is when a fetus starts to develop its senses. Therefore, they state that scientists are killing unborn children to advance in medicine.

The consensus seems that the senate will pass Stem-Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007; however, it is known that President Bush will veto the bill. Many Democrats are stating that the President is going to veto the bill for his own political posturing rather than for the advancement of science and society.

In response to this, President Bush stated his administration "has made more than $130 million available for research on stem-cell lines derived from embryos that had already been destroyed. We have also provided more than $3 billion for research on all forms of stem cells, including those from adult and other non-embryonic sources."

Ultimately, scientists are exploring other alternatives that could provide stem cells without the cost of a human embryo.

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