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President Ronald Reagan was strongly
prolife. Michael Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan, pointed out that his
father opposed destruction of human embryos. With the death of Ronald
Reagan, proponents of embryonic stem cell research have used his death
as reason to support ESC research. This was done despite the facts
that Ronald Reagan died at an advanced age (93), and ESC therapies would
never be useful as a treatment for Alzheimer's Disease.
"The media should keep in mind that we
are also members of the Reagan 'family,' and my father, as I do, opposed the
creation of human embryos for the sole purpose of using their stem cells as
possible medical cures."
Claims are junk science:
"Moreover, using the widely promoted and thoroughly discredited argument
that stem cell research can lead to a cure of Alzheimer’s disease, the media
and proponents of stem cell research have suggested that had the research
been done a long time ago, my dad might have avoided the ordeal he endured.
This is junk science at its worst."
ESC will not cure Alzheimer’s Disease:
"Writing in the Weekly Standard, lawyer, ethicist and human life advocate
Wesley J. Smith reported that "Researchers have apparently known for some
time that embryonic stem cells will not be an effective treatment for
Alzheimer's, because as two researchers told a Senate subcommittee in May,
it is a ‘whole brain disease,’ rather than a cellular disorder (such as
"Ronald D.G. McKay, a stem cell researcher at the National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke told the Washington Post: 'People need a
fairy tale,' he said, explaining why scientists have allowed society to
believe wrongly that stem cells are likely to effectively treat Alzheimer’s
disease. He added 'Maybe that's unfair, but they need a story line that’s
relatively simple to understand.'" (Rick Weiss. Stem Cells An Unlikely
Therapy for Alzheimer's. Washington Post, June 10, 2004; Page A03)
I'm With My Dad on Stem Cell Research by Michael Regan. June 21, 2004.