In about the 1980′s, stories about stem cell research began to appear. They said embryonic stem cells could be implanted into a human body and grow new healthy organs. Apparently, something like this had happened with mice.
The logic of taking stem cells from aborted fetus’ was that the fetus was already dead and the stem cell had no other use but to heal some aliment in a child or adult. This small positive outcome from abortions enraged the religious anti abortion right and use of embryonic stem cells was condemned.
Along came something called adult stem cells. It was claimed these could do everything embryonic ones could do. The Vatican pumped one million dollars of research money into documenting the success of adult stem cells. Positive results were touted from this research.
The problem is, no one has been able to replicate the Vatican-funded results. The results now stand as an embrassment to the Vatican and the researchers it hired. A prominent researcher even claims that what were called adult stem cells never existed.
While the early predictions of healing by stem cells appears to have been exaggerated, the entire saga is one which should never have happened. The Catholic Church, or any other church, getting deeply into scientific research while obviously holding a political agenda is a bad event waiting to happen.
Now would be a good time for the Church to drop out of the entire stem cell issue and let scientists and individual people make their own moral judgements.