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|The Real Promise of Noah
by James Robison
Noah Markam was an embryo, frozen and stored in a New Orleans hospital. When the hurricane floods knocked out power throughout the city, Noah and approximately 1,400 other stored embryos faced destruction in the sweltering heat. But they were rescued by law officers in flat-bottomed boats and preserved for their awaiting mothers. Rebekah Markam, the first to deliver, held her “miracle” baby this week as family and reporters marveled.
But there is a problem with little Noah. The embryo from which he was born is the same type of embryo on which politicians and scientists want to experiment. Embryonic stem cell research requires the dissection and ultimate destruction of these embryos.
Steny Hoyer, the new House Majority Leader (D-MD), released a statement last Thursday saying, “I believe we have a moral obligation to provide our scientific community with the tools it needs to save lives.”
Save lives? Has it been proven that destroying an embryo will save a life? No! In fact, several breakthroughs have been made in other areas of stem cell research that offer more promise. Just this month, new discoveries published in Nature Biotechnology revealed great potential in stem cells found in amniotic fluid – the liquid surrounding the fetal infant in the womb. The author of the study on the amniotic cells said, "So far, we've been successful with every cell type we've attempted to produce from these stem cells."
These cells are much easier to harvest than embryonic stem cells and, better yet, present no moral dilemma. Even so, scientists do not know if any type of stem cell will actually prevent or cure disease. They hope, but they do not yet know.
We live in amazing times. Science is the revealed knowledge of God’s creation and we should be thankful for every medical discovery. But we must remember that life must be valued above all else. We cannot allow the certain destruction of human life in the name of uncertain cures. Embryos like the one from which Noah formed should be viewed as potential toddlers, not experimental tools.
We do not know what benefits may come from stem cell research, but we know beyond any doubt that an embryo can become a child. Steny Hoyer’s “tool” lives and breathes. Other embryos can, too, and that is the real promise of baby Noah.
Author: James Robison
Word Count: 417
About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net