Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The second presidential debate: "ELIZABETH LONG: Senator Kerry, thousands of people have already been cured or treated by the use of adult stem cells or umbilical cord stem cells. However, no one has been cured by using embryonic stem cells.

"Wouldn't it be wise to use stem cells obtained without the destruction of an embryo?

"KERRY: You know, Elizabeth, I really respect your— the feeling that's in your question. I understand it. I know the morality that's prompting that question, and I respect it enormously.

"But like Nancy Reagan, and so many other people— you know, I was at a forum with Michael J. Fox the other day in New Hampshire, who's suffering from Parkinson's, and he wants us to do stem cell, embryonic stem cell.

"And this fellow stood up, and he was quivering. His whole body was shaking from the nerve disease, the muscular disease that he had.

"And he said to me and to the whole hall, he said, 'You know, don't take away my hope, because my hope is what keeps me going.'"

1 Thessalonians 2: "What is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?"

John Kerry: "Chris Reeve is a friend of mine. Chris Reeve exercises every single day to keep those muscles alive for the day when he believes he can walk again, and I want him to walk again."

Matthew 11: "When John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, 'Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?'

"Jesus answered and said to them, 'Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.'"

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