Michael J. Fox was diagnosed about a million years ago with Alzheimer’s. Being a rich guy, he receives the best medical treatment that money can buy. Before I go into my rant, I should say for the record that it’s awful he has suffered with this disease, especially starting at such a young age. He’s a talented actor and I hope that a cure for Alzheimer’s can be found.
After Fox was diagnosed with cancer, he became the poster boy for fetal stem cell research. And not just any fetal stem cell research – TAX funded fetal stem cell research. He talks about how the right has forced their morality on him and is ruining countless lives. Yet he wants his amorality forced on US by making us pay taxes into a system that then funds something we find immoral. So how is he any better than those who oppose it?
Fox was a vocal critic of Bush’s ban on fetal stem cell research (which basically banned federal funds from being used). However, during the ban, there were several hundred existing stashes of fetal stem cells available to researchers that were exempt from the ban.
During the ban, multiple stem cell therapies were discovered using adult and cord stem cells. The number of treatments and cures EVER discovered from fetal stem cells? ZERO.
As a Christian, it’s impossible for me to accept that the ONLY way to find a cure for diseases is to destroy human life. PETA freaks out when we do tests on lab rats, yet somehow we think it’s ok to use a FETUS (Latin meaning “little one”) which is HUMAN. We have to have ethical boundaries in medicine, don’t we? Can we harm a few for the good of the many, or is that something we’re better than here in America?
If scientists agreed that we could cure Alzheimer’s by doing some destructive testing on gay people, do you think it would be ok? What if it only hurt or killed a dozen gay people but it saved millions from degenerative diseases? Fetal stem cell research is every bit as ridiculous as that example.
Fox has zealously pursued the fetal stem cell TAX funding question for years. He finally got his wish with President “No Fetus Left Alive” Obama. So that’s great – what does that give us?
Well, let me list off a few things:
– Christians with a moral problem with abortion are now helping to fund what we consider human testing
– We may or may not ever discover any cure whatsoever using fetal stem cells
– We have blurred the ethical line forever about using humans for testing
Fox clearly only cares about himself. He is understandably selfish because its his own health that is driving his decisions. However, he’s insisting on what HE wants at the expense of what many others don’t want. I fully agree with funding medical research that is ethical, but this doesn’t qualify. It’s easy to say say that those of us who are “born” are more worthy of life than those that aren’t born yet. That’s merely because the unborn don’t have a voice.
Let me preempt the question I’m positive someone will put in my comments. No, I would not accept treatment that hinged on destruction of human embryos, even if it meant my alternative was dying. Expedience and selfishness are not good ways to make decisions in life.
One of my favorite quotes was from G.K. Chesterton. He said “Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.” I can’t tolerate such an unethical practice, even if it does end up helping people. There has to be a different way to help sick people.