The ice bucket challenge has gone viral on facebook at the moment and some people are beginning to question whether or not they should participate. This is mostly due to the fact that a there has been various campaigns against funding research that includes the use of embryonic stem cells. I gave this a lot of thought as I was eventually challenged to participate. I knew it would happen, sooner or later.
If I was so against all medical research because of it’s ethics then I would not have donated to motor neuron disease research, MND in Ireland or ALS in America. Instead I would have nominated a charity or a cause that I was 100% sure would not use either embryos or animals or children or elderly people or prisoners or one that contributes to the destruction of the Amazonian rain forest, or – – – the list goes on. Most research, unless it’s based on complementary medicine or natural ingredients, has been guilty presently or in the past, of some degree of what could be called unethical practices.
If people are worried about what their donation might be used for, then groups that offer support for various illnesses and disorders, including ALS/MND are a good choice to contribute to, as an alternative. Everyone is entitled to make a decision based on their own values and conscience, without being judged or made to feel uncomfortable.
The bucket challenge is a way of highlighting a life destroying disease, that many people were not aware of. I knew a little bit about ALS/MND but not very much, other than it affects a very small percentage of the population. I hate it when people are reduced to statistics. Seeing the face behind the data is so much more eye opening, so I’m sharing this video.