Saturday, May 28, 2005

Stem Cell Research

Mike Hubbell has posted a good entry at Deep Freeze on his feelings about this topic as a Christian and a Conservative.

Personally, I don't like the idea of government funding stem-cell research. Proponents argue that we're not only missing out on the miracle cures that could result from this research but also the actual research itself. Our scientests are migrating to countries and states with government funded stem-cell research programs, they say. I voted NO on California's $3 billion dollar stem-cell initiative because I viewed it as a tax-payer funded boondoggle for our politician's pay-for-play campaign funding and reward system.

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, created by the voters' approval of Proposition 71 in November 2004 is already bogging down. First we have the lawsuits preventing the state from borrowing the money that was to fund the institute. Phil Angelides, who heads the special finance committee established by the legislation, claims the lawsuits are being brought by "a narrow set of anti-choice activists who have an idealized zeal to stop stem cell research". Sure enough, the lawsuit is being brought by Life Legal Defense Foundation, but spokeswoman Dana Cody claims right-to-life concerns have nothing to do with the issue. She said the lawsuit is intended to ensure that California taxpayer money is properly handled.

This week, a California senate panel seemed to confirm Ms. Cody's claims by unanimously adopting legislation that would give the legislature more control over the research program. Whether this legislation will vindicate Ms. Cody's claims of improper oversight or my claims of creeping cronyism is yet to be seen. Either way, the California experience so far doesn't bode well for a federally funded research program.

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