Lifting ban on embryonic stem cell funding not above Obama’s pay grade

For someone who says that the question of when life begins is above his pay grade, President Obama certainly seems sure that it isn’t at conception. After all, if the life of a human being begins at conception, as is the scientific consensus, Obama would surely not be able to say something like, “the potential [embryonic stem cell research] offers is great, and with proper guidelines and strict oversight, the perils can be avoided.” If embryos are human beings, then there is no way to avoid the so-called “perils,” because the research involves the destruction of embryos. The President says, “As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering.” Wow, so the implication is that those of us who are opposed to the killing of tiny human beings–even if there is a potential benefit to big human beings–don’t believe in caring for each other and working to ease human suffering?

The President also says, “And we will ensure that our government never opens the door to the use of cloning for human reproduction. It is dangerous, profoundly wrong, and has no place in our society, or any society.” Obviously, he has left the door open for “therapeutic cloning” where the cloned embryo is simply destroyed before he or she has a chance to mature. Why ban cloning for human reproduction, though? Isn’t this a moral pronouncement? Isn’t the President forcing his moral values on us? Couldn’t proponents of reproductive cloning say exactly what Obama said about embryonic stem cell research, i.e. that “our government has forced…a false choice between sound science and moral values”?

The dirty little secret? There was no ban on embryonic stem cell research, only on federal funding of it. The reason researchers could not get funding for their research was because no private investors were willing to invest in ethically questionable research that has proven to be unfruitful despite all the hype about its potential.

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4 Responses to “Lifting ban on embryonic stem cell funding not above Obama’s pay grade”

  1. Allowing Congress to lead him around by the nose is also “above his pay grade”. What are we going to do with this guy?

  2. Ash888 says:

    I thought American and Japanese scientists made embryonic stem cell research irrelevant with their incredible discovery of mimicking embryonic stem cells by tweaking adult human skin cells. Why do some people think it’s so important for taxpayers to fund the destruction of innocent human life?

  3. Nephos says:

    Is it possible that they are pushing this research (at least in part) because on the surface it makes pro-life proponents look anti-science and inconsistently inhumane? And this is a battle they can win?

    I think that it IS a possibility.

    I also think old fashioned greed is part of it. Funds available? Give them to me (even if my research is irrelevant).

  4. casey says:

    Yes, Nephos, that is definitely a possibility, and it is made such by the mainstream media’s complete dereliction of duty when it comes to reporting on breakthroughs with adult stem cells as Ash888 mentioned. I wrote about this several years ago, and the situation is still the same today.