Stem Cell Research - Debra Speaks On YNN
less really is best. It is true that more of an interview ends up on
the editing floor, than on the air. But YNN News has once again done
the conservative movement well.
news story topic is embryonic stem cell research and specifically,
the block that federal judge, Royce Lamberth recently put on federal
funds going to embryonic stem cell research.
It is very
important to note that the block is not on federal
funding of all stem cell research. It is only on
the stem cell research that creates a life, to take
that life's would-be body parts (embryonic stem cells.) It was
important that I got that point across in clear layman's terms.
I was also able to express that anyway such funding is
blocked, is fine with me, and that it was done in a legal
--Please click on the arrow on the picture to view the video of the
11-12-12 Update: It appears that YNN removed the
video because it's been over two years. However, the text of the
interview is sill on the site and can be seen by clicking the arrow
on the picture. But just incase it goes missing too some day, I am
posting it below on this page of mine.
Debra J.M. Smith - © 08-29-10
Text From The
The future of stem cell research is up in
the air after a U.S. District Court judge blocked the Obama
Administration from funding human embryonic stem cell
John Testa was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
15 years ago.
"The progression was slow at first. Medication
kept the symptoms pretty much under control,” said Testa.
said at this stage in the disease he has to take well over 20 pills
"The last two years it's really progressed rapidly,"
For Testa, his hope to help control this
incurable disease relies heavily on stem cell research.
March of last year, President Obama signed an executive order
lifting the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research,
but it was recently blocked by a U.S. District Court judge.
"I think anyway to block it is good where I'm concerned. And
I think they did it in a legal way," said Debra JM Smith, a
"This judge's ruling puts us back
in a far worse situation than George Bush,” said Dr. Mark Noble,
director of the University of Rochester Stem Cell and Generative
Institute. "And throws things into a tremendous state of confusion
as far as federal funding."
Noble believes this ruling will
slow down local efforts dedicated to lifesaving research.
"What this really means is complex. It affects not only the
small area of research, but it also affects more broadly stem cell
research in the academic and industrial communities," said Noble.
But those with a more Conservative view like Debra Smith
argue that federal funds shouldn’t be used for embryonic stem cell
research. --"People need to understand that embryonic stem cells are
the would-be body parts of a baby. They are literally creating a
life and taking its would-be body parts. It’s barbaric."
"When you have an incurable disease, that's all you have is
hope and they took the hope away. That's disgusting," Testa added.