July 20, 2006
Bush's Stem Cell HypocrisyIn his 5 1/2-year tenure, Bush has never met a bill he didn't like, no matter how wasteful, unconscionable or outrageous. You name it, he signed it.
That is, until now (emphasis mine):
"This bill would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others," Bush said Wednesday afternoon. "It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect. So I vetoed it.""Taking of innocent human life"? That's murder.
If he thinks stem-cell research is murder, why doesn't he make it illegal?
And those scientists and medical experts working on the limited and aging stem cell lines he has allowed research on, why doesn't he declare them criminals that should be punished as severely as the law would allow?
Also (again, emphasis mine):
Attending the White House event were a group of families with children who were born from "adopted" frozen embryos that had been left unused at fertility clinics.Uh huh. Not spare parts, but as the photo above shows, they're apparently good props.
They're good tools for drive-by legislating that Bush and the Republican Party hide from the majority of us who favors stem-cell research, yet use to pander to their right-wing, extremist religious base. Even so-called "moderate" Republicans have fallen in line (note to their Democratic Party opponents: if you don't make stem-cell research an issue in November, you don't deserve to get elected).
They're also good ammunition for creating a moral dilemma where there shouldn't be any.
See, this is a baby. This is a baby suffering from muscular dystrophy, just one of at least 71 diseases that stem cell research has the potential of curing.
On the other hand, this is a blastocyst:
What's that? You can't find the image? That's because a blastocyst is ten times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
Did I mention that the blastocysts (or early stage embryos) in question are leftovers from fertility clinics that will be destroyed, anyway? And don't tell me they're just frozen and not destroyed, because after being frozen for a while they're no longer viable and eventually discarded.
Scott Rosenberg said it perfectly:
Here is why Bush's position is a joke: Thousands and thousands of embryos are destroyed every year in fertility clinics. They are created in petri dishes as part of fertility treatments like IVF; then they are discarded.There is no moral dilemma here. For those who still insist there's one, ask yourself this:
If a fire breaks out in a fertility clinic, who do you save -- a Petri dish with five blastula or a two year-old child?"
It shouldn't take more than half a second to answer that question.
International Society for Stem Cell Research
Harvard Magazine: Stem Cell Science
Bush Faces Backlash for Stem Cell Veto
False Dilemma on Stem Cells
Religious Relies on Bogus Evidence for Stem-Cell Debate
Stem Cell Showdown: The Facts Have Changed, President Bush Has Not
Image(s): AP Photo/Charles Dharapak; neurocast.com.
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