Support stem cell research

This letter is in response to the numerous articles covering the controversy surrounding the issue of stem cell research. As someone who has been pro-life all their life I believe life begins at the point of conception and that those conceived under the laws of the United States are protected by the Constitution and therefore are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Now has come the day where science has made it possible to freeze an embryo outside the body of a human female. The embryoâÄôs natural development into a fully functioning human being is then blocked by being frozen until the time arrives when it will eventually be transferred back to a woman in order to have a baby. The natural progression begins again and results in the birth of a child no different than any other human being. The controversy surrounding stem cell research concerns the idea of using âÄúleft overâÄù embryos as a means of repairing or replacing damaged tissues or organs of those who suffer daily. It has been said there is no greater sacrifice than to lay down oneâÄôs life for the life of another. As much as I am pro-life I am also pro-quality-of-life and see this as an opportunity for one life that may be discarded as âÄúleft overâÄù to serve to improve anotherâÄôs life and hence allow that healed person to not only continue living but live their lives to also help life to continue. I know that if I was to be discarded as âÄúleft overâÄù rather than be given the chance to help my fellow human being then all would have been in vain. Many of us are called to perform extraordinary feats as we experience this existence called the human race. I can think of no greater feat than to go from being a âÄúleft overâÄù to someone who was able to lighten the burden of another person and perhaps extend their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Joe Bialek Cleveland, Ohio