This whole debate over ESCR (embryonic stem cell research) is hilarious, people ducking under semantics, avoiding certain logical conclusions, and making the wildest claims. According to proponents, ESCR will make lame men walk, blind men see, crazy people sane, and fat people thin. To hear them tell it, ESCR IS JESUS IN A BOTTLE! Who are we pro-life christians to deny the return of Jesus? I'll stay vigilant and skeptical, thank you.
While ESCR pros keep calling embryos by their basic description of "cells" let them answer this: If these cells are so mudane as to not ponder the morality of destroying them, What other kinds of cells, when planted in the human womb, will continue growing into a human being? It's basic biology, gang, stop squirming and answer the question.
The 40,000 embryos in cold storage are like Godiva chocolates in a store window to these folks. The urge is too great. The embryos we've already destroyed didn't yield the results we were seeking, ergo, we need to detroy more of them. And after they've destroyed the 40,000, and have come up with nothing more, what then? Bokanovsky Process manufacturing? Do we let the embryo develop a bit more before destroying it, ".. after all, they're fair game at 2 days. Why not 2 weeks?" will be the reasoning.
And the whiners are making it sound like Dubya's outlawed the practice, rather than declining to fund the research with Federal $$$. If there's so much potential in ESCR, why aren't the major drug companies falling over themselves starting labs and awarding grants? What's more apparent is that the drug companies want the Gov't to fund the research, then the drug companies get to make the meds and treatments without all the up-front research investment in that shaky field. Win-win, right?
The President will get flak from Left and Right on this veto, but he's done what he believes is right. Sometimes, it seems that George is in a party of his own, neither Republican nor Democrat, and I feel that way sometimes as well. Have a good day.
Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations."