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Religion & Ethics Weekly. Embryonic Stem Cell Controversy. April 2, 2010. (7min) Link. A review of PGD and the creation of a savior siblings in the case of the Trevino family.

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Since the discovery of human embryonic stem cells in 1998, policies have shifted with respect to permissible research and funding streams as quickly as the technologies advance. In the US, congressional legislation regarding public funding for stem cell research has been proposed and stalled, presidential executive orders shift with each new administration, and court injunctions have blocked entry into clinical practice. In the private sector, families continue to create saviour siblings to better the lives of those living with disability or disease and donate surplus embryos created through IVF to establish stem cell lines. The first video from Religion & Ethics Weekly highlights the case of one such family, the Trevinos who traversed a number of religious, ethical, social, and legal issues to address a genetic disorder affecting their child. The next three videos review the different interpretations of the Dickey Wicker Appropriations Rider by the Bush and the Obama Administrations, the Sherley v. Sebelius court case regarding these interpretations, and movement in Congress to institute policy that would hold across different presidential administrations.  The fifth video is from the Lines that Divide documentary and presents differing views on stem cell research policy spanning those of stem cell researchers, pro-life advocates, women’s health advocates, and religious and philosophy scholars, and is available as a full length feature. Hope Deferred is a full-length documentary that takes it title from this quote in the King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”  The last video highlights the decision in the UK to permit the construction of animal-human embryos (cybrids), a technique that is not funded by the federal government of the US as of 2013.

  1. Video: Religion & Ethics Weekly. Embryonic Stem Cell Controversy. April 2, 2010. (7min) Link. A review of PGD and the creation of a savior siblings in the case of the Trevino family.
  2. Video: Rosary Films 2009. Stem Cell Research Policy of President Bush/ Adult Versus Embryonic Stem Cells. Youtube. Link
  3. Video: Anonymous. 2009. Politics: President Obama on Stem Cell Research. YouTube. Link
  4. Video: March 9, 2009. Rep DeGette on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews (11:34 min) Link
  5. Video: Hafer, J. & Lahl, J. (Producers). Godawa, B. (Director). 2009. Lines that Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate. Boulevard Pictures. Link includes 7 1-2 minute clips; (1:39 min) IMDB video clip. Link  
  6. Video: Ellison, B. (Producer). 2009. “Hope Deferred.” Siegal, J. (Director) (2:24 min). Brooke Ellison Project. Link.  The title of this film refers to the King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”
  7. Video: Walsh, F. April 8, 2008. UK’s First Hybrid Embryos Created. BBC News. Text and Video Link,  but video easily downloadable from Link