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Edwards claims Kerry saves--in the biblical sense

from the reasons-to-change-your-vote dept.
Drudge is reporting that John Edwards today said, "When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk. Get up out of that wheelchair and walk again." Oh really? This is up there with Al Gore inventing the internet. Maybe Kerry's abysmally boring voice has magical healing effects? Developing ...

See if you can find a permane

See if you can find a permanent link to a Drudge story on this ... i see it mentioned on the main page but can't find a full story about it. Maybe there's not one.

not the same, but still lame

A few conservative websites have embellished it a bit, but the actual quote is still pretty lame.

"We will do stem cell research," he vowed. "We will stop juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other debilitating diseases. America just lost a great champion for this cause in Christopher Reeve. People like Chris Reeve will get out of their wheelchairs and walk again with stem cell research."

Yes, it's an obviously naive and pathetic attempt to attack the President on his health care policies. But what's really lame about this is that people don't know the truth about this issue - that the Bush policy doesn't do anything to stop stem cell research. Quite the contrary, Bush has tripled funding for stem cell research since coming into office. What he has said is that federal dollars will not go into creating new embryonic stem cell lines.

The fact is that the existing stem cell lines (over 70) are more than adequate for all existing or planned research efforts using this form of stem cells -- about 20 projects. Another fact that might interest folks is that none of the medical advances made in this area came from embryonic stem cells (pluripotent stem cells), but from adult stem cells. This is still a largely new field, and much of what we know about stem cells has come about just in the past few years. You can read more about them here.

There is no proven benefit of stem cells taken from a fetus versus those taken from the umbilical cord - or from adult stem cells - as far as what we may find out. The only difference is that adult stem cells are more fragile.

But you won't hear that from your left-wing news stories.

by the way

one other comment on this topic -- Bush's policy does nothing to stop Democrats or others interested in donating cash to fund the creation of new embryonic stem cell lines. It's not like Bush is halting this research, just the federal funding of the murder of fetuses.

CNN picks up the thread

http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/10/12/edwards.stem.cell/index.html

more on this

here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A34167-2004Oct14.html

Bad things.

I read somewhere, perhaps Drudge Report that embryotic stem cells have caused cancer in lab rats and things like that. Stem cells taken from the umbilical cord do not have the same effects. Hopefully this is credible and I'm not just blowing hot air.

reader's digest version

Some good quotes from the CNN article:

Bill First, the Senate majority leader, who also happens to be a former heart surgeon:

"I find it opportunistic to use the death of someone like Christopher Reeve -- I think it is shameful -- in order to mislead the American people," Frist said. "We should be offering people hope, but neither physicians, scientists, public servants or trial lawyers like John Edwards should be offering hype.

"It is cruel to people who have disabilities and chronic diseases, and, on top of that, it's dishonest. It's giving false hope to people, and I can tell you as a physician who's treated scores of thousands of patients that you don't give them false hope."

Also:

Research using stem cells extracted from adult cells was not affected by the policy, nor was privately funded research using new embryonic stem cell lines.

The president and his supporters note that his administration is the first to offer any federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, accusing Democrats of trying to create the impression that Bush has banned the practice.

And:

"Stem cell research is promising," Frist said. "The president vigorously promotes adult and embryonic stem cell research, but he does it with an ethical and moral framework."

hmmmm

i've never heard that, and it doesn't really make sense. the only adverse reaction i am aware if is that stem cells can be rejected by a body, just like you can't cross diff blood types.