Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 am

Posted: July 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm

According to President George W. Bush, the stem cell research bill, which Bush vetoed on July 20, would "support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others... it crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect."

Point taken. I just need to ask two questions. Why is "killing" stem cells, which have no proven brain function or EEG (electroencephalogram) pattern and nothing to "live" for, crossing a moral boundary? It seems to the president that it is not crossing a moral boundary to kill (no quotes, we're definitely killing in this case) innocent civilian Iraqis in the hope of benefiting the greater population of Iraq and the U.S.

According to leading scientists in the field, our society has defined death as the loss of the cerebral EEG pattern. Some scientists have also thought that the acquisition of the human EEG, which occurs at about 27 weeks of life, should be defined as when a human life begins. This view has been put forth most concretely by scientists Morowitz and Trefil (1992).

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