Oklahoma And Minnesota Legislatures Pass Bills to Prohibit Embryonic Stem Cell Research–Algorithm-Centric Laws Needed
Posted Mar 19 2011 1:24pm
In the news both states have passed laws to prohibit stem cell research, but the laws are not specific enough as relates to research. Stem cell research is on the cusp of creating cures or treatments for many critical diseases and to stop the research is a shame. Now I can agree with the “human cloning” fear and to begin creating babies based on this just doesn’t fit, but with prohibiting research, the potential loss of creating cures for diseases is lost.
I read through both articles below and to me it appears we have one big mass of confusion here and perhaps another return to the drawing board might be a possibility. Creating laws is getting to be a tough matter today and again somewhat reiterates the need for “digital laws” so they can be searched, analyzed and enforced properly. Without a proper and quick search process, it’s going to almost become impossible to enforce such laws. Visuals are definitely needed today to help define the text in laws that are being passed. From the healthcare side of things we have focused on electronic medical records and we do have a good push in this direction; however in the total scheme of things we have said nothing about certifying the algorithms uses by insurance carriers and this plays out in the news every day.
We do need some algorithmically centric created laws, otherwise it keeps the judicial business over burdened with interpretations along with a ton of unintended consequences with the current process of creating laws. BD
With just a handful of Democrats opposing, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a measure Thursday that would prohibit embryonic stem cell research in Oklahoma .
A“We value life here in Oklahoma,” said the bill’s author, Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee . “While we in no way dispute the fact that the ability to treat or heal suffering persons is a great good, we also recognize that not all methods of achieving a desired good are morally or legally justifiable.”
Committees in both the Minnesota Senate and House passed a bill this week that would criminalize the somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) process in embryonic stem cell research as well as prohibit the products of that research from entering the state of Minnesota. Despite expert testimony that the bill would hamper medical research in Minnesota, it passed three key committees this week.
The Senate’s Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety heard the bill on Thursday.
John Wagner, professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and the Stem Cell Institute, said the bill would harm research at the university. He also implied that the bill’s title, The Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2011, was misleading.
“If it’s already unlawful then I don’t see why we need this legislation,” Marty said. “Then this is not to stop a cloned human being, this is to stop research into cures for Parkinson's, ALS and other diseases.”
The University of Minnesota provided legislators with a fact sheet that calls the bill a “law to make stem cell research a crime.” The university also created a website to oppose the bill.