The Seeds Of The Tree Of Life Essay

1766 Words Dec 1st, 2014 8 Pages
Alison Geisler
English 11
Mrs. Gouker
1 December 2014
Stem Cells are the Seeds of the Tree of Life In 2013, in the United States, 49 percent of Americans thought abortion was morally wrong, yet only 22 percent of Americans thought embryonic stem cell research was morally wrong. As a Catholic, one is told to not believe in abortion, but only 45 percent of Catholics are pro-life; the other 55 percent think abortion should be legal under certain circumstances (“Abortion viewed” n.pag). Every day, there are approximately 3,300 abortions (Abortion Statistics n.pag). October is national Respect Life Month, especially in the Catholic Church. Fortunately, one does not have to have an abortion to obtain stem cells. There is the ability to obtain stem cells from different tissues in the body. My dad donated stem cells through a bone marrow transplant to his brother when he had Aplastic Anemia. In 1988, the procedure’s outcome life expectancy was not long after it was completed, but my uncle is one of the longest living survivors. He was told he had a 3% chance of living. The best way to describe what stem cells are is said by author Don Nardo: Stem cells are different from all other types of cells because they are specialized or undifferentiated. For example, stem cells are like people who have not yet decided what they want to be when they grow up. Such people have the potential to learn to do almost any job. Similarly, the body has not yet given stem cells instructions to…

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