Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Stem cell support on the rise
A new poll shows that a majority of Americans now support embryonic stem cell research, and support is rising even among evangelical Christians and active churchgoers. It's no wonder, given the full-court publicity press by proponents of the research (see Rick's earlier post, for example). I assume the trend will continue for the foreseeable future. Especially in this political season, when we are constantly reminded of the unlimited potential of human progress, it is unlikely that a message focused on the inherent limits of the human condition will be given a comparable platform.
UPDATE: The full report on the poll results (available here) suggests that the media coverage is playing a significant role in the growing support: "By more than two-to-one (63%-28%), those who have heard a great deal about the issue believe it is more important to conduct stem cell research that may result in medical cures than to not destroy the potential life of human embryos."