Johnah Goldberg at NRO has been receiving pretty much the identical e-mails saying the following.
Jonah, I wonder if all these religious, moral, sanctimonious people will stick to their guns if embryonic stem cell research does bear fruit. Can you imagine: Doctor: Mr. and Mrs. Smith, we are able to give your child a new liver, but it would involve using embryonic stem cells to grow a healthy one or we could simply use research procured from embryonic stem cell research to repair his diseased liver. Mr. Smith: Sorry Doc. We are morally against embryonic stem cell use so we must wait and put our child’s fate in God’s hands. Yeah right. I suspect they’ll take the new liver and pray for forgiveness later. Sort of like all these anti-gun whackos who are against firearms until a nice big 9MM fired by a police officer saves their life or until their precious loved ones (ahem, Rosie O’Donnell) need protection. Honestly, who knows if embryonic stem cells will ever produce anything meaningful. If the people "protesting" this research now pledge to never use any technologies derived from it for themselves or their children, I say keep on marching. But if new treatments are developed all of these hypocrites will be among the first in line for treatments (even if they successfully keep their tax dollars from supporting this research). And they know it. For that reason alone they ought to shut up.
Talk about a silly argument. I guess if they really started to harvest poor people for organs and selling them on the black market these people would make the same argument. If your child needs a new liver and there is one available on the black market wouldn’t you take it even though you think that killing people for their organs is wrong? So everybody should just shut up about harvesting people for organs while they are still alive. What amazes me is that such a specious argument is even advanced and that they are thinking it is a gotcha and intellectually persuasive.