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Is the Battle for Stem Cells Over?

By Dr. Nathaniel T. Jeanson - Posted at Answers in Genesis:

We haven’t heard much about stem cells lately. Why?

The ethical use of human stem cells sparked an intense debate nearly 20 years ago. Since life and death were on the table, it’s no surprise that loud opinions and strong passions raged. The fires of controversy even reached the highest political office when, in 2001, pro-life President Bush restricted the use of federal funds for human embryonic stem cell research.

Since then, the controversy has cooled and almost subsided. But not for the reasons you might expect.

I’ve observed this debate closely, both as a lifelong pro-lifer and as a stem cell researcher, and I’ve been surprised at the trajectory this dispute has taken. Steadily but nearly imperceptibly, advocates of human embryonic stem cell research have effectively moved closer to the pro-life position. However, their shift has not been for reasons that pro-lifers could have predicted.

Advocates of stem cell research on hum…

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