20 July 2006

Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill

Ugh. For someone who used his veto to kill a bill that "would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others," Bush sure likes having people killed. The dumb thing (other than him) is that these embryos are already there and will just get dumped in the trash sooner or later anyway.

In one of his press conferences, he had a group of children and their families with him. Each of the children had been "adopted" as embryos left over from fertility treatments by parents who bore them. He used this as evidence that each embryo is a life that can be realized.

This is a poor argument. By this reasoning, everyone should be making as many babies as possible, and our medical researchers should be putting tonnes of effort into saving the roughly 50% of embryos that are spontaneously aborted naturally. And for those of you saying that it's okay to let those embryos die because it's natural, let me remind you that we try to save people from deaths from natural birth defects all the time.

An embryo is just a collection of cells. It has no brain, no thoughts, no feelings. They have human DNA, but they are not human beings. Let the research continue.

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At July 22, 2006 2:19 a.m., Anonymous bookjunky said...

Great stories. What is interesting is that this religious instruction did not affect you at all. Do you think it was because the teachers were so lame, or your age and previous teaching from your family? I live in a very heavily fundy area and am hoping we can keep my 3 year old from acquiring any of this nonsense. Right now, obviously, he is very impressionable.

At July 22, 2006 2:20 a.m., Anonymous bookjunky said...

Oops, this was supposed to go under the memory land story!


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