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Dance of the Stem Cells (washingtonpost.com)
A lot of Republican politicians and operatives spoke out about stem cells last week, all miraculously making the same argument -- an argument so embarrassingly silly and disingenuous that it could only be an official campaign talking point...Yes, bragging about the research you've gone out of your way to inhibit is pretty ballsy. But nor is it an unusual pattern for this administration...
In a display of her husband's famous compassionate conservatism, Laura Bush scolded that "it really isn't fair to people who are watching a loved one suffer" to overplay the promise of stem cells. She said, helpfully, "We don't know that stem cell research will provide cures for anything."The failure of embryonic-stem-cell-research critics to condemn fertility clinics for doing more of what they supposedly hate about embryo research (i.e. discarding embryos) with rather less good coming from it (i.e. no new medical knowledge whatsoever) tells you that they're not making a serious argument, just one that plays well to their fundamentalist, anti-science base.
If fertility clinics are OK, so is embryonic stem cell research.
Money question for any journalist talking to any Republican:
If embryonic stem cell research is bad, why aren't you trying to shut down fertility clinics?
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