Speaking of getting your facts straight, perhaps you should take your own advice.
Moreover, it seems you are the first to infuse the thread with political and religious bias.
No suprise I guess, since Congressional voting was predictable and fell almost completely along party lines. Why not the uninformed American citizenry?
First off, unfortunately all stem cell research is lumped together in one basket and it's either all or nothing.
The Obama bill speaks to embyonic research; this in marked contrast to adult stem cell research.
Adult stem cell research has shown huge promise, whereas embryonic stem cell research has not. This is not to say that embyonic stem cell research is without merit, but perhaps we should stay with the facts.
Years ago, scientific research did not demonstrate that adult stem cells possessed the plasticity necessary to encourage research, ie., the ability of the stem cell to develop into completely different types of tissue from its origin.
Current research demonstrates exactly the opposite.
As an example, as early as 2001, a team of physicians at Duesseldorf University Clinic treated a cardiac infarct (heart attack) patient with stem cells from his own body. The stem cells derived from his own bone marrow.
The stem cells were injected into the infarct region (dead) and these cells autonomously converted to heart muscle. The patient's condition and prognosis showed marked improvement.
There are a number of similar medical and scientific studies which bear great promise for adult stem cell research. I have not seen this same potential demonstrated for embyonic stem cell research.
If you have, please enlighten me.
As I said, before you accuse people of spewing right-wing garbage, religious dogma and nonsense, please get your facts straight.
Perhaps it is you ranting and spewing the garbage.
One can be pro-adult stem cell research and anti-embryonic stem cell research. They are not mutually exclusive.
I leave you with a quote from Wolfgang Lillge, MD.
"[I]It is remarkable that in the debateâ€“often carried on with little competenceâ€“the potential of embryonic stem cells is exaggerated in a one-sided way, while important moral questions and issues of research strategy are passed over in silence. Generally, advocates of research with embryonic stem cells use as their main argument that such research will enable us to cure all of the diseases that are incurable todayâ€“cancer, AIDS, Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis, and so forth. Faced with such a prospect, it is supposed to be "acceptable" to "overlook" a few moral problems.
On closer inspection, however, the much extolled vision of the future turns out to be a case of completely empty promises: Given the elementary state of research today, it is by no means yet foreseeable, whether even one of the hoped-for treatments can be realized. Basically, such promised cures are a deliberate deception, for behind the mirage of a coming medical wonderland, promoted by interested parties, completely other research objectives will be pursued that are to be kept out of public discussion as much as possible."[/I]