Medical researchers have long known that a cure for diabetes was likely to be developed, but that the major stumbling blocks and delays were not scientific in nature, but rather political.
Back in the dark ages of the george w bush administration, when the use of embryonic stem cells for medical research and development was considered by the ruling party to be the same as first degree murder, the American people as a whole had a far different view. The people, in a 2007 Pew poll, agreed that the probability of a virtually unlimited number of painful, disabling and terminal diseases that could be cured by use of embryonic stem cells far outweighed the ludicrous position of the religious right, evangelical-controlled government that could only view the use of such material as tantamount to the evils of birth control, abortion, and murder. Even back then, 51% of the people polled agreed that
Republicans in power could not stop embryonic stem cell research totally, but they were able to put a considerable dent into such research conducted in the US by prohibiting the use of federal funding for it. One of bush’s earliest uses in 2001 of the executive order was to enact this ban, and twice during bush’s first term Congress passed bills overturning the ban, and twice bush vetoed the bills. Again in 2007 Congress passed a bill called the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, and agin it was vetoed by bush, who issued this statement:
“I made it clear to Congress and to the American people that I will not allow our nation to cross this moral line.”
Yes, Mr. President, let millions of people suffer and die. That is your prerogative, and YOUR executive order.
“Today, with the Executive Order I am about to sign, we will bring the change that so many scientists and researchers; doctors and innovators; patients and loved ones have hoped for, and fought for, these past eight years: we will lift the ban on federal funding for promising embryonic stem cell research. We will vigorously support scientists who pursue this research. And we will aim for America to lead the world in the discoveries it one day may yield.
“At this moment, the full promise of stem cell research remains unknown, and it should not be overstated. But scientists believe these tiny cells may have the potential to help us understand, and possibly cure, some of our most devastating diseases and conditions. To regenerate a severed spinal cord and lift someone from a wheelchair. To spur insulin production and spare a child from a lifetime of needles. To treat Parkinson’s, cancer, heart disease and others that affect millions of Americans and the people who love them.“
And today, that is becoming a reality.
Just a few weeks ago, researchers at Harvard Medical School announced a gigantic advancement in the search for a cure to Type 1 Diabetes, when they revealed that they were now able to produce, from embryonic stem cells, the massive quantities needed for
But the painful part of all of this is that this research, this cure and so many others, could have been eight years further along, with countless millions of lives saved, and pain lessened, were it not for the misplaced “moral line” imposed by george w bush and his cadre of uncaring demagogues with their holier-than-thou imposition of religious beliefs upon a society about which they could not give a damn.