A paralysis cure based on embryonic stem cell research is morally wrong (Updated)

T.J. Atchison wants to kill the weak to heal himself:

Dr. Donald Leslie, medical director at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, has high hopes.
“We want to cure paralysis,” he said. “We want to stop spinal cord injury. How incredible would that be?”
Leslie’s mission has begun with T.J. Atchinson, the first step in research that he believes could lead to many steps for those who were told they would never walk again. Atchinson, 21, was the first human with a spinal cord injury to undergo embryonic stem cell therapy.

His mother, Anita McDonald, wants this, too, saying that people who oppose the therapy on religious grounds are unreasonable.
“It doesn’t matter how long they’ve been in a chair, they all want to walk again,” McDonald said. “I just know a lot of people are against it, but until they’ve been put in the position, I don’t think they should judge anybody.”

Despite your emotional, illogical, and ridiculous justification, Mrs. McDonald, I’ll happily judge the decision you both made. Harshly. Under your rule, I qualify:


embryonic stem cell research
But your rule is nonsense. Pay attention, Mrs. McDonald: neither my paralysis nor your son’s changes the fact that it’s wrong to kill the unborn to cure us.
Is all stem cell research morally wrong? No. It’s critical to clarify what kind of stem cells you’re talking about.

10:00 PM Update: There’s apparently a book in the works.

10:30 PM Update: Good ethics = good research.

6/3/2011 9:00 PM Update: The Phase I clinical trial in question, sponsored by the Geron Corporation, has a ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier of NCT01217008. The human embryonic stem cells in the trial come from the H1 line, which qualified for federal research funding authorized by President George W. Bush in Executive Order 13435.

6/16/2011 6:00 PM Update: Perhaps I should simplify things for the morally confused who don’t see the point, and assume that the unborn are not human.
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Stop assuming and start thinking. I suggest you actually read my argument before you put words in my mouth.

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