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Stem Cells

Evangelicals support stem-cell research. It’s just the kind that destroys embryos that they generally oppose (though not in as great of numbers as they oppose abortion). It has been an uphill battle for opponents of embryonic research: some scientists and politicians have claimed that the work will make the lame walk and the blind see. Add to that the tens of thousands of embryos frozen in in vitro fertilization banks, more likely awaiting destruction than implantation, and it’s easy to see why pro-life advocates have been hoping that research on adult stem cells will make embryonic stem-cell research unnecessary, not just unethical.

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  • Abortion Viewed in Moral Terms, But Not Stem Cells and IVF
    The percentage of U.S. adults who consider abortion to be morally wrong (49%) far exceeds the percentage who express this view about in vitro fertilization (12%), non-embryonic stem cell research (16%) or embryonic stem cell research (22%). (Pew Research)
  • First test of human embryonic stem cell therapy in people discontinued
    Human embryonic stem cell research has been the focus of acrimonious public debate, but it has so far shown promise only in animal and laboratory studies. The Geron study was the first government-sanctioned attempt to test a therapy using the cells in people. (The Washington Post)

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