The Gazette, (our local paper) on the other hand, published it word for word. Here is the original text:
According to Senator Kerry, limiting funding for fetal tissue research on stem cells is a matter of being, “too focused on ideology, not facts.” I think he is exactly wrong on this issue. According to a leading body of scientists of our day, the President’s Council on Bioethics, adult stem cells provide as great (if not greater) an opportunity for harvesting viable stem cells. Senator Kerry was right to mention that this issue requires ethical oversight and reflection, but to actually do that leads to the conclusion that we should use adult stem cells.
Scientists have shown that they can use adult tissue that is routinely thrown away, such as umbilical chords, to harvest stem cells. So why should we destroy human life to get our hands on stem cells? I can’t think any good reason. Why don’t people push for adult stem cell research instead of fetal tissue research? I think it is typically because they have not been informed about the viability of adult stem cells.
That one sounds much better, in my humble opinion. Kudos to the superior editing at the Gazette (wink, wink).
The Rocky Mountain News is going to try to publish it in the near future, so we shall see how that turns out.