Dave Crockett, in his letter of Nov. 18 (“Halting of stem cell research cost many lives”), doesn’t seem to be aware that there are two kinds of stem cells.

His claim that halting stem cell research has cost many lives is wrong on two counts. (1) Stem cell research was not halted, only embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cell research still continues. (2) Embryonic stem cells have never saved any lives, nor does the research indicate that this may happen in the near future, if ever. On the other hand, adult stem cells have been successful in curing many ailments.

Now to his other claim that it is OK to destroy an embryo if it saves lives. Isn’t this the same argument that Hitler used when he experimented on living humans in order to find cures and save many others?

He further states that the mother and father of the fetus should make the decision on whether it should be destroyed by researchers. Suppose a researcher knocks on the door of a couple who just had a baby. He offers the couple money to use their baby for experimentation. He explains that the experiments will probably kill the baby, but they may find a cure for some diseases.

The couple accepts the money and allows the researcher to take the baby. Shouldn’t there be laws that protect the baby from such an action? The only difference between Mr. Crockett’s scenario and this one is the age of the human being that is being destroyed. It is wrong to destroy innocent humans and our laws should protect them.

Leon Dillman

Cumberland

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