|April 17, 2009|
POPULAR PHYSICIAN DECLARES STEM CELL DEBATE "DEAD" ON OPRAH SHOW
Oprah Winfrey and Michael J. Fox listened in stunned silence on April 2, 2009 when the popular Dr. Mehemet Oz appeared on her program to explain that the cure for Parkinsonism, the disease that afflicts Mr. Fox, lies in his own skin cells rather than cells derived from human embryos. Millions in Oprah's listening audience heard Dr. Oz tell Mr. Fox that embryonic stem cells are not the answer to treating or curing his or any other disease. He said the embryonic cells multiply so rapidly they are impossible to control, and if injected into a patient such as Mr. Fox, would cause cancerous tumors to form. Instead, he described how Fox's own skin cells could be reprogrammed back to an embryo-like state in a process called induced pluripotent Stem Cell research (iPS), and then used to treat his condition. He predicted that cures would be possible in less than ten years.
Vatican sources told Il Giornale that their support for abortion disqualified Ms. Kennedy [Schlossberg] and other Roman Catholics President Barack Obama had been seeking to appoint. Mr. Obama was reportedly seeking to reward John F. Kennedy's daughter, who publicly gave her support to his election bid. The Italian paper said that the Vatican strongly disapproved of Mr. Obama's support for abortion and embryonic stem cell research. The impasse over the ambassadorial appointment threatens to cloud his meeting with the Pope during a G8 summit in Italy in July.
Ms. Kennedy [Schlossberg], 53, has said that she supports abortion. Raymond Flynn, a former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican [and a Democrat] said earlier this week that she would be a poor choice. "It's imperative, it's essential that the person who represents us to the Holy See be a person who has pro-life values. I hope the President doesn't make that mistake," he told the Boston Herald. "She said she was pro-choice. I don't assume she's going to change that, which is problematic."
The Vatican also rejected another potential nominee, Douglas Kmiec, a professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University and former head of the office of legal counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Sr.. Kmiec, a Republican who endorsed Obama during the last election campaign, has said that Catholics who support the right to abortion need not follow the church's admonition to vote for an anti-abortion presidential candidate. (Telegraph.co.uk, 4/11/09)
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