As expected President Obama signed an executive disorder to allow federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research.
But in recent years, when it comes to stem cell research, rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values. In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering. I believe we have been given the capacity and will to pursue this research – and the humanity and conscience to do so responsibly.
Of course the truth was that unfortunately the private sector could do all of the embryonic stem-call research they wanted. The only change is now taxpayers are being forced to be part of this evil.
It is a difficult and delicate balance. Many thoughtful and decent people are conflicted about, or strongly oppose, this research. I understand their concerns, and we must respect their point of view.
This is the tactic the President always uses. Just like a previous statement “understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. “Hey I understand and respect your viewpoint, but I am going to do it anyway.”
…I can also promise that we will never undertake this research lightly. We will support it only when it is both scientifically worthy and responsibly conducted. We will develop strict guidelines, which we will rigorously enforce, because we cannot ever tolerate misuse or abuse. And we will ensure that our government never opens the door to the use of cloning for human reproduction. It is dangerous, profoundly wrong, and has no place in our society, or any society.
Isn’t murder a “misuse and abuse.” The bit about cloning is a sleight of hand and you might wonder why he includes it in talking about embryonic stem-call research. Just like all the liars from the culture of death they define cloning as creating a clone that is actually allowed to live. They call this reproductive cloning. But so-called therapeutic cloning (clone and kill) will be totally allowed. Had to laugh at the “I can promise you” considering that he has broken campaign promises on a record pace. His only true promises unfortunately are where he promised to do evil.
If you follow embryonic stem-call research you find that the majority of the research is in clone and kill and not using human beings created via IVF. As I have mentioned before embryonic stem-cells have major immune system problems, that is why adult stem-cell research actually has lead to cures since they are using their own stem-cells. So using frozen human embryos will remain a non-starter unless the immune system problems are solved. Though that won’t stop scientist from continuing the slaughter of human persons by experimenting with their embryos. But of course for all of this rhetoric must be used to disguise the truth. If human cloning became possible than you could have a clone of you taken and then killed for the stem-cells. Cannibalizing your twin is such an appealing idea.
But after much discussion, debate and reflection, the proper course has become clear. The majority of Americans – from across the political spectrum, and of all backgrounds and beliefs – have come to a consensus that we should pursue this research. That the potential it offers is great, and with proper guidelines and strict oversight, the perils can be avoided.
True that many on both sides of the political spectrum are willing to overlook the dignity of the human person for potential cures. Sen. McCain an many other republicans saw no problem with so-called leftover embryos – but drew the line at cloning. An incoherent moral argument – “they are going to die anyway.” Well I got news for you – the same thing goes for all of us.
This Order is an important step in advancing the cause of science in America. But let’s be clear: promoting science isn’t just about providing resources – it is also about protecting free and open inquiry. It is about letting scientists like those here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it’s inconvenient – especially when it’s inconvenient. It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda – and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.
Pure scientism. No mention that science must be guided by morality. The above paragraph would have suited Josef Mengel just fine.
The President ends by bringing up Christopher Reeve’s once again. Reminds me of Sen. Edwards despicable comment the day after Reeve’s died “people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk again.” The new traveling medical show provides the same old con. Though at least before people only walked away conned, those killed in research can’t walk away.