This paper explores the very sensitive topic of Stem Cell Research Legislation in the United States. It also compares Stem Cell Research statutes of The United States to that of different countries around the world. The paper also discusses the current legislative state of affairs and where the law on stem cells in the United States should go in the future and why.
Adult stem cell research on humans began in the 1960's. The first success in achieving the treatment of a patient with severe combined immunodeficiency disorder came in 1968. Since the early 1970's, adult stem cells have been successfully used for treatment of immunodeficiencies and leukemias. (allaboutpopularissues.org). Research on stem cells continues to advance knowledge about how an organism develops from a single cell and how healthy cells replace damaged cells in adult organisms. Stem cell research is one of the most fascinating areas of contemporary biology, but, as with many expanding fields of scientific inquiry, research on stem cells raises scientific questions as rapidly as it generates new discoveries. Stem cell research in the United States is inevitably connected with the politics of abortion. Since 1973, when the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion, the US government has refused to fund embryo research, including In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), because Congress feared this would encourage women to have abortions. (Touro Law Center). IVF and infertility research have taken place in an unregulated private sector. The controversy is that embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) is not pro-life. It gives false promises to patients while killing a human embryo. It is dead end research. ESCR has cured no disease nor successfully treated anyone. ESCR has not gone beyond research on lab animals. ESCR produces tissue rejection and unstable deadly tumors. (CWA).
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