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TV personalities take on stem cell research

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 25th 2006 12:40PM

michael j foxOur sister sites Cinematical and Ad Jab --that's me who wrote the Ad Jab post, but when I write for Ad Jab I wear a mustache so as not to confuse me with myself-- have been all over this, so forgive us for being a bit behind, but as many of you probably know, Michael J. Fox has been appearing in campaign commercials for people who are running for senate and who support stem cell research. He's appeared in ads for Maryland's Ben Cardin and for Missouri's Claire McCaskill (clip after the jump).

To drive the point home, Fox appears in these ads, sans medication and with the involuntary tremors and shakes that are a part of his Parkinson's made obvious.* Other celebs from television, however, don't share Fox's view, and one of them is Patricia Heaton, who appears in an ad (also after the jump) that opposes the measure in Missouri. I'll let you folks watch both ads and duke it out in the comments, though my friendly advice to anyone is to not get caught up in the politics of this debate and instead read up on the actual science behind it and then make an informed decision. You may not come to the same conclusion I have, but at least you'll be well-informed and not persuaded by actors, or Rush Limbaugh for that matter.

*Fox's tremors are actually a side effect of being on his medication, not off it. Apologies for my assumption.

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steve Schulz

15 years before Cures kurt - the life you save could be your childs. patricia - shame on you

October 31 2006 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
steve Schulz

Patricia - how could you line yourself up with these people for that cause. Shame shame - 15 years Kurt? the life you save could be your childrens

October 31 2006 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And we're supposed to take comments seriously from hate-filled minds that spew unimformed, prejudicial garbage? Bashing someone's religion doesn't earn you the right to be heard and respected.
Take a lesson from Dee in post #7. That's the way to get your point acrossed.

October 26 2006 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All the witch burners who want to restrain science have more compassion for a bunch of cells in a petrie dish than for a dying child.

October 26 2006 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"A lot of people see this as murder, and forcing them to pay for this research is just wrong."

Hmm. This war in Iraq has resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 of our young people and untold thousands of Iraqis. I think that forcing me to pay for this war is just wrong.

Hardly a sufficient argument, in my opinion. Government is constantly asked to fund or support projects which part of the citizenry doesn't agree with.

October 25 2006 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"and you're saying that Cardin should accept a bad bill and hope that the future will correct it? What kind of thinking is that?"

Who says the the bill was bad? It was allowing funding for stem cell research on embryos, just not where they procedure knowingly would destroy the embryo. It would be valid research funded where it had previously received no funding.

Cardin decided to play politics and went with an all or nothing mentality. I ask you what thinking is that?

It is like a starving person refusing a chicken dinner because he is holding out for filet mignon.

October 25 2006 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

its about experimentation and supply. You want to dig into adults all the time? The cost would be exorbitant.

And the reasoning that because adult stem cells are used way more than embryonic is bogus. The government actively discourages embryonic research. So how is the science going to advance? Sure, you can say, if it works private companies would've fund it themselves. Well, who wants to fund something that the government doesnt like? Who wants to pour money into something the government might outlaw in the future?

And you're saying that Cardin should accept a bad bill and hope that the future will correct it? What kind of thinking is that?

October 25 2006 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nice analogy, as a matter of fact, the demoocrats use similar half truths against republicans when they use soounbites saying they are against stem cell research, when he fact remains that they are for ALL types of valid research except the kind that destroys embryo's.

This bill was about funding certain types of stem cell research with the exception of the kind that destroys the embryo. So Cardin voted against it. As it stood there was no funding on embryo's prior to this bill. Now it was a compromise, but still a step forward to what was funded prior to the vote.

There could always be a future bill written to allow the procedure that destroys the embryo, but Cardin voted to throw the baby out with the bathwater(no pun intended). As a matter of fact, the Senate voted 100-0 in support of the bill, so it received bi partisan support.

October 25 2006 at 6:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Its not about stem cell research. Everyone supports that (except the Amish). Its about paying pregnant women for their embryos when the science shows that adult and cord blood stem cells are just a useful. And its about cloning. Fox should be ashamed for lying to people like that.

October 25 2006 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

perhaps patricia heaton should stick to doing what she does best. those damn tacky albertsons commercials.

I am really sick and tired of so called religious right people dictating how they feel their God should influence science and technology. If any good comes out of stem cell research and you and your family could benefit from it in the future - don't accept the help because it would be hypocritical.

p.s. Your God created this world in six days is about as likely as a virgin giving birth. that theory alone should justify sex educatiion and birth control.

October 25 2006 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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