Okay, here's an opposing point of view for you. I am, personally, supportive of stem-cell research, although it is still preliminary and unproven at this stage. HOWEVER, I am adamantly opposed to using aborted fetus, frozen fetus or harvested fetus for this purpose because I do believe life begins at conception (contrary to what was said earlier, this is scientific fact - the real argument is over when that life means anything, and when that life possibly outweighs or is on equal footing with the mother's life) and that those little lives are precious. So, for me, the moral issue is reason enough. But, there are other reasons.
BTW - it's not illegal for private industry to perform stem cell research, even from harvested fetus. The law signed by President Bush set up requirements for government funded research only, and was the first to allocate any funds to the research at all.
The most promising stem-cell research to date has been from adult donor stem cells. Donation sites could be set up, just like Red Cross blood donation.
The most abundant form of stem cells available is from placenta and umbilical chord. I would have GLADLY donated, were it an option, and I'm sure most people would. There is such an abundance from this source, compared to aborted fetus and fertility clinic fetus, that we should just use the abundant source and completely eliminate the controversy.
Financially, because of the abundance, the cost would be lower. Additionally, with a ready supply, it would become less costly to perform the research itself (simple supply and demand). Also, the material would be available to many more researchers, making the chances of real progress greater and faster.
The point is, all parties can be happy on this issue without the controversy.
This is the ignorance we are dealing with. They get this non-sense from the "religious fanatics",
That, BTW, is just knee-jerk and rude.