Using Embryos Without Limit Is Line Too Far

Embryonic stem cell research is where I dissent from some of my favourite Republicans.  I used to own stock in a research facility (before selling everything in September once I realized Obama was going to win) and had a friend who was shocked because “Republicans don’t believe in stem cells.”

First, contrary to what liberals want you to believe, R’s don’t oppose stem cells research. SOME oppose the federal funding on embryonic stem cell research, and even in that case it’s only federal funding and aren’t opposed to private money being used (that was what cats like Mike Huckabee were saying). If people felt that strongly aboot it, they could have taken that tax cut they were offended George Bush gave them and donated it to research. But, whatever.

My feeling has always been that if we’re talking aboot – for lack of a more eloquent word – “materials” that were going to be discarded and destroyed anyway, to not use it if the research could help find a cure for [place disease here], I find that high objectionable. As for the higher “moral” question, to quote our president, that’s above my pay grade.

Charles Krauthammer however had an interesting editorial recently on the very subject…

While I favor moving that moral line to additionally permit the use of spare fertility clinic embryos, Obama replaced it with no line at all. He pointedly left open the creation of cloned — and noncloned sperm-and-egg-derived — human embryos solely for the purpose of dismemberment and use for parts.

I am not religious. I do not believe that personhood is conferred upon conception. But I also do not believe that a human embryo is the moral equivalent of a hangnail and deserves no more respect than an appendix.

Moreover, given the protean power of embryonic manipulation, the temptation it presents to science, and the well-recorded human propensity for evil even in the pursuit of good, lines must be drawn.

I suggested the bright line prohibiting the deliberate creation of human embryos solely for the instrumental purpose of research — a clear violation of the categorical imperative not to make a human life (even if only a potential human life) a means rather than an end.

On this, Obama has nothing to say. He leaves it entirely to the scientists. This is more than moral abdication. It is acquiescence to the mystique of “science” and its inherent moral benevolence. How anyone as sophisticated as Obama can believe this within living memory of Mengele and Tuskegee and the fake (and coercive) South Korean stem cell research is hard to fathom.

Read the whole thing, as they say.

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