Should stem cell research be state-funded?

After eight years of restrictions under the Bush administration, the US has approved government funding for ‘ethical’ stem cell research.  The move has re-opened the debate on the morality of  stem cell research and the use of  tax-payers to fund it. Should stem-cell research be kept out of politics?

There’s no shortage of enthusiasm for the move. For many it’s a great day for scientific research – the US has finally joined the stem cell race in full force.

Other’s are not impressed. “We don’t think any taxpayer should have to fund research that relies on destroying early human life,” said Richard Doerflinger  from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For Danielle7993 the killing of embryos is an unfortunate sacrifice to have to make to save many more people. ‘Disagree with me all you want but, either way you look at the argument, there are going to be sacrifices that you will have to make to achieve the best option,’ she says. 

This blogger wants research to be privately funded as it was under the Bush administration.
What do you think? Has Obama’s attempt to  de-politicise stem cell research just had the opposite effect?

20 Responses to “Should stem cell research be state-funded?”

  1. 1 patti in cape coral
    December 3, 2009 at 14:06

    “The US has approved government funding for ‘ethical’ stem cell research.” I’m not sure, but this might mean that government funding would be for only adult stem cell research. I guess a compromise could be made that private funding would be required for the embryonic stem cell research. Maybe that would be enough to appease the opponents?

  2. 2 gary
    December 3, 2009 at 14:43

    Knowledge is neutral; only enacted goods and evils matter. This information must be obtained; but it may not be obtained by immoral means. This places restrictions upon science and upon political leaders of all stripes. Big deal! Navigate along the moral course! Theft is an easy way to get money, yet humanity seems to have had little trouble differentiating between “stealing” and “good business decision making.”

  3. 3 Jennifer
    December 3, 2009 at 16:17

    Re: Should stem cell research be state funded?


    There are alternatives.

    Why now use adult stem cells?

    What about donating your baby’s cord blood if you don’t want to bank it yourself?

    These suggestions make the “clump of cells” excuse less useful because some see it as a positive or usefulness.

    Stem cell research can’t be “ethical” when some are being used a guinea pigs without consent.

    • 4 patti in cape coral
      December 3, 2009 at 17:04

      Hi Jennifer – If adult stem cells were used, if parents donated cord blood, and in all cases consent was required, would you consider that ethical?

      • 5 Jennifer
        December 3, 2009 at 19:25


        No embryonic or fetal stem cells. Even if there is consent from the “mother”. Baby would be guinea pig. Other than that, sure! For research purposes only.

    • 6 Tom K in Mpls
      December 3, 2009 at 19:22

      I thought the question was on funding. If you want to talk ethics, you will find it even harder to find a consensus. A distraction from the topic.

  4. 8 T
    December 3, 2009 at 17:12

    Yes it should.

  5. 9 Tom K in Mpls
    December 3, 2009 at 19:07

    The government knows nothing of science. It is not their role. Now they *may* need to put some controls in place if there is a reason to believe it may cause harm to the public. But the less government does, the more those that know how to do it right will succeed.

  6. 10 patti in cape coral
    December 3, 2009 at 19:54

    Sorry, I digressed asking about ethics, but I was just curious. So for Jennifer, there should not be public funding even if it meets her criteria for being ethical. I say yes, stem cell research should be state funded for “ethical” research.

  7. 11 Tracy in Portland,OR
    December 3, 2009 at 20:25

    I see all the good this research can do. Science is only as moral as the people involved. Stem cells do not have to be made in the evil baby killing factory. I hope zealots don’t stop something that could save and improve so many lives.


  8. 13 Revyloution
    December 3, 2009 at 20:32

    Most major advancements in science have been done at the behest, and funding, of the governments of the world. I dont see why stem cell research should be the exception.

  9. 14 Traci
    December 3, 2009 at 23:25

    Exactly – use cord blood stem cells from newborn babies. Companies like Cord Blood America CBAI.OB are making a difference and focusing on this. CBAI is opening the largest cryogenic lab in the US on 1/22/10. Their stock price is .005. Wait until the opening – it will be a dime.

  10. 15 mat hendriks
    December 4, 2009 at 01:19

    Stem cell research should be out of politics.
    It belongs under the – Law Of God-.
    Govt. funds should be used for the poorest peoples
    in the country and on earth.

  11. 16 Harry Webb
    December 4, 2009 at 13:14

    The mistake in understanding this topic is to focus solely upon foetal cells and the like. The use of one’s own stem cells, collected by dialysis tyechnology, is already being used to re-grow damaged livers in-vitro, in a hospital in Birmingham, U.K. This could make many transplant technologies and rejection drugs obsolete within a generation. What could possibly be morally wrong with that?

  12. 17 Ronald Almeida
    December 4, 2009 at 15:24

    No Way!

  13. 18 Don in Detroit
    December 5, 2009 at 05:40

    I am a socially conservative Roman Catholic so my views on the evil of abortion are obvious. I am also confident on the ethical question that God does not consider the products of in-vitro fertilization to be the same as that of natural fertilization. How can I know this? Scriptures tell me so in no uncertain terms. “From the moment I formed thee IN THE BELLY I knew thee and before thou camest forth OUT OF THE WOMB I had named thee and sanctified thee as a prophet unto the nations”. That is the unambiguous Scripturally stated opinion of the Creator God and it’s good enough for me. Products of abortion of a fetus growing normally in the womb are the remains of a sanctified human human being who has been murdered. “Test tube” embryos are not until they jave been implanted into a human womb. Simple logic informs this opinion.

  14. 19 John in Salem
    December 7, 2009 at 15:39

    Fertilized eggs that aren’t used are not given last rites and a funeral – they’re thrown in the trash. If some good can come from using them I’m all for it.

    For everyone that doesn’t like it I have a proposal. Let’s allow everyone who objects to it sign a waiver that prevents your tax money being used for this research and also ensures that you and your family will not benefit from any medical breakthroughs or cures that this research produces.

    • 20 Jennifer
      December 8, 2009 at 13:13

      I’d like to know who appointed any one of us God over another person? You get to live; you die. Especially someone who is “smaller”. Are infants lesser human beings because they are smaller/unable to defend or protect themselves? Hmmmm

      Can we do the waiver thing for other things? I think that’s just a perfect idea!

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