Oklahoma leaders: ES cell research is not OK

The Oklahoma State Legislature is reportedly poised to potentially pass an outright ban of ES cell research.

While in the past similar legislation was vetoed by previous Oklahoma Governor, Democrat Brad Henry, current Republican Governor Mary Fallin is likely to sign the legislation.

The Oklahoman newspaper website today contains a factually incorrect, inflammatory piece by Dr. Dominic Pedulla, equating ES cells to abortion.

Dr. Pedulla refers to “embryonic patients” in talking about the few day old clusters of cells that make up the human blastocysts, left over from IVF procedures, which are used to derive ES cell lines.

He also calls those who are in favor of ES cell research “the medical-industrial complex’s elites”.

I’m sure that many people in Oklahoma support ES cell research. It’s even possible that a majority of Oklahomans support this research that has tremendous potential to treat millions of people and save countless lives.  If the leadership passes this legislation and it becomes law, then folks such as Dr. Pedulla who seek to inflame people’s emotions will have won a victory of their “truths” over the patients and their families in Oklahoma.

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  1. Good grief, not again…whats wrong with the human race?

    HESC research has the potential as we see in two clinical trials started recently. In both cases human embryos are not destroyed. Why do these people continue to ignore this fact and spout their “God doesn’t advocate killing babies for science” diatribe?

    So sick of hearing this utter nonsense.

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