I realize that this can sometimes be a touchy subject matter,
and a recently I realized just how controversial it can be.
What is it you ask?
Embryonic Stem Cell Research
A recent chat with a friend got me thinking about it, a lot. I always knew where I stood on the subject but I never thought about the why and what ifs. So I started reading, thinking, praying, and researching.
There really are a lot of things to consider when it comes to this subject matter, especially the fact that I have a child with Type 1 Diabetes whom could potentially be cured from those stem cells. How could I as a parent not want that for my child? Am I a bad parent because I do or don't?
I asked myself a lot of questions like; What would I do if a cure did come from embryonic stem cells? Would I cure or not cure Lovebug? What would be the legal ramifications if I did or didn't? Could I have my daughter taken away from me if I didn't? Would friends and family be judgemental of my decision if I did?
Then I think about the embryos....Whom am I to say that those parents who had them created in a petri dish can't donate them to research? How is that any different then donating a dying child's organs to save someones life? What is worse, the embryo's just sitting in a frozen state, discarded, or used for research?
On the other side of things, (kind of playing devils advocate here) Should I blame those parents who created extra embryos for this mess? Why not just create what you are going to use, and have them all implanted rather then creating extra? Seriously, if there weren't frozen embryos around then there wouldn't even be a debate about this.
Those were just a few of the thoughts that came to my mind. I don't have the answers for all of them either. But I do know what I believe.