Ah… It feels so refreshing whenever someone strikes a blow to right-wing morals. Bonnie Erbe, contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report, criticizes this Reuters article about Obama’s potential lift of the stem cell research ban in the US. Specifically, she quotes this part of the article: “In 2001, Bush limited federal funding for stem cell research only to human embryonic stem cell lines that already existed. It was a gesture to his conservative Christian supporters who regard embryonic stem cell research as destroying potential life, because the cells must be extracted from human embryos. Embryonic stem cells are the most basic human cells, which can develop into any type of cell in the body. Scientists believe the research could eventually produce cures for a variety of diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and spinal cord injuries.”
Here’s her punch (which I’m loving): “Note the verbiage in the Reuters article above, which says that the Christian right opposed stem cell research because its members see use of embryonic stem cells as destruction or murder of “potential life.” These people need to get a life. They care more about potential life than actual living, breathing, grown up human beings. They are costing lives while pretending to campaign as pro-lifers.”
Basically, her point is that pro-lifers can be reasonably blamed for playing a part in delaying cures for diseases that may be treated by stem cells since they denied researchers in the US the opportunity to use embryonic stem cells. That’s an indubitable statement. But will pro-lifers ever admit they were wrong on this issue? I doubt that.
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