Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Embryonic stem cell research bad for women too

According to the congressional testimony of Pia de Solenni, a director at Family Research Council:
Dr. David Prentice, formerly a professor of life sciences at Indiana State University, now at the Family Research Council, has crunched the numbers to show how many women would be involved just to cure diabetes. To date, the highest cloning efficiency with animals has been 20-30 percent. This means about 50 eggs per animal treatment are required. In the US, there are 17 million diabetes patients. Given the best successes with animal cloning, scientists would have to obtain a minimum of 850 million eggs, harvested from at least 85 million women. Scientist Peter Membaerts gives an even higher estimate of 100 eggs per treatment. According to the 2000 census, there are about 60 million American women of reproductive age. Where will the other eggs come from? And would all 60 million American women be amenable to this?

It takes 85 million women to cure all the diabetics in America? So not only do embryos need to be used for parts, but women do as well. Doesn't sound like a good model for "cures" to me. Sure the process will become more efficient, and they may even be able to do without the women, eventually. In the mean time, they still push forward with the propaganda. Overselling hype and promises to people who are suffering enough already.