Stem Cell Debate

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Supporters of stem cell research say lives won't be saved by holding back federal funding. A reproductive endocrinologist in Rockford says that's because most parents don't want to put their leftover embryos up for adoption.

"They would just assume not transferring, and without implantation in the mother, it's doomed to die," Dr. John Holden said.

"Each child who was adopted while still an embryo, and has been blessed with a chance to grow, to grow up in a loving family, they are not spare parts," President Bush said.

Several other countries fund embryonic stem cell research with taxpayers’ dollars. That way all findings are required to be made public knowledge.

"When there's private investment in scientific research there's no obligation to share discoveries with the scientific community at large," Dr. Holden said.

If this bill were it, become law, American taxpayers would, for the first time in our history, be compelled to fund the deliberate destruction of human embryos, and I'm not going to allow it," said Bush.

Many opponents of embryonic stem cell research prefer research on stem cells that are taken from umbilical cords or bone marrow, but only embryonic stem cells have the ability to regenerate all organs of the body.

"They can truly become anything," says Dr. Holden.

Even if the federal government doesn't fund stem cell research, it will continue to happen. One of several research teams around the country is right across the state line in Madison.