More survey questions

This is the second set of questions in the Johns Hopkins Stem Cell Survey. Your answers are for your own use only. I'll post the summary of the survey results when the questions are finished. Oh, by the way, in the previous set of questions, the abbreviation IVF should have been defined as in vitro fertilization.

There is a public debate about embryonic stem cell research and disagreement about the public policies that should be put in place regarding this research. Some believe embryonic stem cell research is morally acceptable because research to find cures for diseases is extremely important. Others believe embryonic stem cell research is morally unacceptable because it requires the destruction of human embryos. A number of proposals have been put forward for embryonic stem cell research policy. The current policy of the US government has three components: 1) it allows federal funding of research using a limited number of embryonic stem cells that were created before August 2001 (because those IVF embryos had already been destroyed); 2) it prohibits federal funding to create new embryonic stem cells or to study new embryonic stem cells created with private funds; and 3) it permits private funds to be used to create and study new embryonic stem cells. Some feel the current policy is a good compromise because of the controversy about destroying embryos. Others feel that federal funding is essential to spur important medical research.

Q 15. Please review the following possible policies the government could adopt about research on embryonic stem cells. Select the one that you think is the best government policy.

  1. The government should prohibit all research to create or study embryonic stem cells.
  2. The government should keep the current policy that allows federal funding for research to study a small number of embryonic stem cells created before August 2001.
  3. The government should not fund research to create new embryonic stem cells, but if private funding is used to create new embryonic stem cells then the government should fund research to study these cells.
  4. The government should fund research to BOTH create and study new embryonic stem cells.

Please pick one above, or select one of the last two options. 5. Don’t know   6. No opinion

Q16.  Imagine that in a year from now scientists report results from new research showing that embryonic stem cells are an effective treatment for a serious disease like diabetes. Would such a development change your views about government policy about embryonic stem cell research? Yes ….No.

Q 17. What would your policy preference be based on this new information?

  1. The government should prohibit all research to create or study embryonic stem cells.
  2. The government should keep the current policy that allows federal funding for research tostudy a small number of embryonic stem cells created before August 2001.
  3. The government should not fund research to create new embryonic stem cells, but if privatefunding is used to create new embryonic stem cells then the government should fundresearch to study these new cells.
  4. The government should fund research to BOTH create and study new embryonic stem cells.

 Please pick one from above, or select one of the last two options. 4. Don’t know 5. No opinion

Q 18. Imagine that a year from now scientists report results from new research in which new embryonic stem cells are created from embryos without harming or destroying the embryo. The embryos that provided the stem cells could still be transferred to a woman’s womb and produce healthy babies. Would such a development change your views about government policy about research using embryonic stem cells from embryos donated by couples after IVF?  Yes …No

If you answered Yes to Q 18, please answer Q19

Q19. What would your policy preference be based on this new information?

  1. I would support embryonic stem cell research only when embryos are not destroyed
  2. I would support embryonic stem cell research using embryos from both sources.

Please pick one from above, or select one of the last two options. 3. Don’t know  4. No opinion

More questions to come . . .

Marie Godfrey, PhD

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