By Emily Geiger
You know how the liberals claim that we have to be allowed to kill tiny babies (i.e. embryos) because we need to do that to cure horrible diseases with their embryonic stem cells?
And you know how lots of people claim that we need to keep abortion legal so that, if we determine that there’s something wrong with the baby, like, say Down Syndrome, then we can just get rid of it before the baby’s even born?
Wouldn’t be ironic if it turned out that the key to curing a horrible disease could be found by letting Downs babies live?
Sounds like that’s exactly the case. You see, doctors have noticed that it is extremely rare for people with Down Syndrome to get cancer. It turns out that the extra gene that causes Down Syndrome generates a protein that keeps tumors from growing.
Doctors think they can use skin cells from volunteers with Down syndrome (not embryonic stem cells) to recreate that tumor suppressing protein and use it for therapeutic purposes. This could aid in the prevention and treatment of many cancers.
This finding could also help doctors find treatments for diabetic retinopathy (an eye disease related to diabetes) and atherosclerosis (hardened arteries).
How cool is that?
The Lord works in mysterious ways. In writing about people with Down Syndrome, a certain passage came to mind. If you’ve ever spent any time with one of these treasures, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy….
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God…
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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