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Published:September 23rd, 2006 05:05 EST
One's Trash Can become Someone else's Treasure

One's Trash Can become Someone else's Treasure

By Anita Helton

What I am asking you to do today is give someone else their life by donating America`s trash to give someone else the treasure of life.  My resolution is to encourage the donation of all aborted fetuses to stem cell research.  I am not proposing that we encourage abortions, but rather use what is already being discarded from the chance at life to give someone else another chance at life.

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 47 million abortions have occurred since abortion was legalized by Roe vs. Wade in 1973. "  With all of these abortions, we could have furthered along the progression of stem cell research greatly. 

Why would we want to? According to, stem cell research can help treat diseases that afflict approximately 128 million Americans. Treatments may include replacing destroyed dopamine-secreting neurons in a Parkinson`s patient`s brain; transplanting insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells in diabetic patients; and infusing cardiac muscle cells in a heart damaged by myocardial infarction. "  It may also help to cure diseases such as Alzheimer`s, spinal cord injuries and muscular dystrophy. All of these diseases are debilitating or deadly and are taking away peoples lives as it stops them from living to the fullest.  Some are restricted to wheel chairs with little movement such as those with Muscular Dystrophy.  Those with Alzheimer`s begin to slowly unlearn things until they can no longer remember how to even go to the bathroom or feed themselves.  Those afflicted with these diseases and the other problems previously mentioned are not living.  They are simply alive. 

Stem cell research can help us doing amazing things outside of treating diseases already present, but also treat some before they occur.  For instance according to the National Institute of Health it can help us to understand how they transform into the dazzling array of specialized cells that make us what we are. Some of the most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are due to problems that occur somewhere in this process. A better understanding of normal cell development will allow us to understand and perhaps correct the errors that cause these medical conditions. "   This is an amazing opportunity that America should not pass up. 

I feel it is our obligation to do what is best for our fellow neighbors, family members and friends, and what is best for them is to help them.  By doing this it is simply like donating an organ and this organ can save hundreds of thousands instead of just one.  

Stem cell research has not advanced primarily due to lack of funding.  With these donations of cells from aborted fetuses, researchers would have the materials to accomplish the experiments needed to help those disabled.  Congress passed a bill to allow for funding and Bush vetoed it.  His first veto of his term. Why would he veto it?

According to the Wisconsin Technology Network, President Bush is quoted, "It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect, so I vetoed it. " Is it not morally right to help as many people as we can? I believe it is.

If Bush won`t fund it, why don`t we help out the millions who are asking for our help? It`s a small price to give something that will be discarded and it comes with a big reward.