Sunday, May 29, 2005

Week 6

Misleading on Santorum again (Smart Remark)

Once again, Gil takes a futile shot at Rick Santorum. Is this guy obsessed or what?

OK, to warm yourself up for Gil's column this week, I suggest first reading the remarks of President Bush on Stem Cell Research in 2001.

Also, you might want to read the more recent press release by Santorum on this issue.

Gil gives us this Santorum quote: “Government should encourage lifesaving research, but should focus on science that both works and is ethical,” said Santorum, thereby insinuating, dishonestly, that stem cell research does not work. We can’t know until it’s conducted.

That's quite a phony statement according to what you can see in Santorum's press release.

I am pleased to see the House pass the Stem Cell Therapeutic Research Act of 2005, which will make genetically matched cord blood stem cells more available to patients who need them. Cord blood stem cells are one example of an ethical and viable means to treat patients and cure disease. At the very least, this type of research should receive federal funding before we spend taxpayer dollars to destroy human embryos.

What really irks Gil is that government funding won't go to embryotic stem cell research. However, according to President Bush's statement,

As a result of private research, more than 60 genetically diverse stem cell lines already exist. They were created from embryos that have already been destroyed, and they have the ability to regenerate themselves indefinitely, creating ongoing opportunities for research. I have concluded that we should allow federal funds to be used for research on these existing stem cell lines, where the life and death decision has already been made.

Leading scientists tell me research on these 60 lines has great promise that could lead to breakthrough therapies and cures. This allows us to explore the promise and potential of stem cell research without crossing a fundamental moral line, by providing taxpayer funding that would sanction or encourage further destruction of human embryos that have at least the potential for life.
<>I also believe that great scientific progress can be made through aggressive federal funding of research on umbilical cord placenta, adult and animal stem cells which do not involve the same moral dilemma. This year, your government will spend $250 million on this important research.

To hear Gil tell it, these "spare embryos" are vital to successful stem cell research. However, some of us are giving more careful consideration to the issue. Not giving federal funding to embryotic stem cell research does not kill the research. It can still be privately funded. People who find ethical issue with the practice can then choose not to contribute. To force them against their religious and ethical principles should not be the American way.

I find it ironic that Gil states:
So this is where the “culture of life,” so rigidly defined, may actually lead to a perceptible, measurable national decline.

I agree that there could be a national decline. But the national decline would be in ethics in science, conducted by "the culture of death", once again attempting to force their ethical and moral points of view (that are in the minority) on the rest of us.

When will "Democrats" remember that democracy is supposed to be about majority rule?

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