How many years have pro-lifers been saying that embryonic stem cells were not useful as adult stem cells, not to mention unethical. We have also said, with great confidence, that morally sourced adult stem cells had the potential to work medical magic, almost literally.
Here we have it. Up to three years after a stroke, adult stem cells can reverse extreme deficits in speech and mobility. It appears the stem cells actually cause the brain to heal itself.
The findings are of direct interest to pro-lifers on several grounds.
For instance, contrary to the endless stream of hype about stem cells from human embryos, the cells for the patients were harvested from the bone marrow of adult donors. Medically a very simple procedure with no ethical problems.
Also, who are in the cross-hairs of the assisted suicide crowd? Anyone who is cognitively disabled and/or seriously physically disabled. Cha notes that the results “could have implications for our understanding of an array of disorders including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and Alzheimer’s if confirmed in larger-scale testing.”
Before we encourage you to read the rest of Dave Andrusko's pro-life take, we must ask you to remember in your prayers two pro-lifers who have recently had strokes: Anne and Jim.
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