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Frist vs. Stem Cells

I'm not a fan of Bill Frist and I was pretty shocked to hear this statement today that he thinks the President is wrong and the policy regarding embryonic stem cell research should be changed. Initally I was shocked that a prominent Republican would break ranks and so clearly say that the President's plan is wrong and should be changed. Since then, I've been bummed about how much hate he's getting for the statement. The people hatin' on him right now can be found here and here

Here's the part that gets me... he wants to use embryos that are ALREADY going to be destroyed and harvest them for stem cells. In vitro fertilization (IVF) usually creates several viable embryos, but they only use one. The others are discarded. All he's saying is that those are already destined for destruction... so why not use them?

It's a very level headed thing to say and I'm proud that he was willing to say it regardless of the Christian backlash.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, says, "Senator Frist cannot have it both ways. He cannot be pro-life and pro-embryonic stem cell funding."

Why not? Why are they contradictory? Frist's statements bring out a very important flaw in the pro-life/anti-stem-cell argument. They believe that an embyro is a human life and destroying them for science is wrong. However, IVF creates many embryos every time it is performed and all but one of them are destroyed. None of them are trying to stop IVF even though it is the reason those embryos were created and destroyed.

It's a buzz word, that's why. Stem cells have become an issue used to attack an opponent instead of a real issue that needs a solution. The pro-life/anti-stem-cell position on this issue is contradictory and unhelpful. They won't agree with Frist because they aren't even listening to his argument. Many people have recategorized him as an enemy and begun attacking him, regardless of the merit of his statement.

Politics make me so angry.

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