Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Medical Research Rebuke

Justifying warfare is easy for the President. Justifying research is not.

White House press secretary Tony Snow explained yesterday, "The president believes strongly that for the purpose of research it's inappropriate for the federal government to finance something that many people consider murder; he's one of them." That the embryos would be discarded anyway "is a tragedy," Mr. Snow added, "but the president is not going to get on the slippery slope of taking something that is living and making it dead for the purpose of research."

On the one hand, I am amazed to see this president actually threatening to veto something which is releated to federal spending. On the other hand, the research holds so much promise to save many lives that to block funding seems specious.

If the justification for warfare across the globe is to protect life, then stem-cell research should also be seen in the same light.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:51 PM

    Yeah, well, the president can't discern what side of his bread-spewing mouth he's talking from. But (and this is the the point everyone seems to forget) research on stem cells is, and may be, done. The only stipulation is no FEDERAL money be spent on it. So, if Bill Gates wants to fund stem cell research that's just fine. Personally, I'm all for Frankenstein/Dr. Moreau human medical experiments. Are we not men?