In First 100 Hours After Mass, Pelosi Proposes Aborting Embryos
It didn’t take Speaker Pelosi and democrats long to introduce federal funding for aborting embryos. Less than 100 hours after attending the highly politicized “Catholic Mass of Remembrance for child victims of Katrina and Darfur” at Trinity College this past week, Pelosi and democrats were pushing more federal funding for aborting embryos and cloning. *
It looked early on like the embryonic stem cell amendment would pass in flying colors in Missouri. The pro-Amendment 2 lobby with backing by biotech special interests provided $30 million to the embryonic stem cell campaign; 97% of that from one firm alone. This was about ten times more funding than those working against the amendment.
However, although Amendment 2 in Missouri held a 70% favorablity rating early on, by the time the election came it only passed by 51%.
The pro-Amendment 2 Lobby also put out emotive ads with a suffering Michael J. Fox and another outrageous ad promoting the science that has yet failed to provide even one treatment for human patients.
The Christian Science Monitor explained the “Big Mistake” in Missouri:
Today, the cheap slogans are gone. But the destructive impact of the law’s fine print is not. At the time, supporters called it the “anti-cloning” amendment. Actually, it writes legal protection for human cloning into Missouri’s constitution. The ethical and moral implications are significant and disturbing.
Here’s a warning to other states looking to follow suit: Don’t get hooked by the lure of stem-cell research riches. You’ll just end up corrupting science, the law, and the sanctity of human life.
The pro-Amendment 2 forces, girded by a $30 million campaign bankrolled by biotech special interests, might have expected a greater margin of victory, considering opponents had a tenth of that to spend. It seems $30 million is the price tag for mass deception.
Hidden provision for human cloning
The first page of Amendment 2 claims to ban human cloning. A couple pages later, buried in the proverbial fine print, the amendment pledges protection for “somatic cell nuclear transfer.”
This scientifically sexy phrase is little more than intentional misdirection. Nuclear transfer is cloning – a fact that the National Academies of Science and the American Medical Association recognize.
Quite simply, nuclear transfer entails fusing a woman’s egg with the DNA of another cell, creating a living human embryo. The embryo is then allowed to grow several days until it is ripped apart to harvest its stem cells like a cash crop.
Thus, biotech special interests surreptitiously achieved constitutional protection of human cloning under the guise of a ban. Yet, sadly, only 49 percent of Missourians were able to wade through the swamps of disinformation.
Now that the cloning license is constitutionally protected in Missouri, there is a new demand for millions of fresh human eggs. But this is no problem for the cloners. Amendment 2 specifically allows fertility clinics to purchase women’s eggs for any amount of money. Thus, women’s fertility is put up for bid in the marketplace, and women’s bodies are commodified and sold to the highest bidder.
Amendment 2 supporters may claim that such an assessment of Missouri’s future is scaremongering. They may say that the future in Missouri is bright, that “Amendment 2 will usher in new investment and cures.”
In truth, private investors have found it difficult to find funds for embryonic stem-cell research. This is the very reason big biotech needs Missourian taxpayer dollars to fund its morally offensive research.
Embryonic stem cells don’t deliver
The implication that embryonic stem cells will provide “life-saving cures” – the same implication made by Michael J. Fox in his highly publicized television ads – is patently false.
Such an assessment not only disingenuously portrays opponents as heartless bio-Luddites, but it inaccurately portrays the science.
To date, research scientists have failed to provide even one treatment for human patients with embryonic stem cells. Furthermore, trials in mice have repeatedly shown that the treatment will be problematic.
At its best, embryonic stem-cell research is unnecessary; at its worst, it’s deeply unethical. Peddling this false hope to desperate people is shameful. Adult stem cells, meanwhile, are producing treatments and hope for people right now.
The Wall Street Journal has more on this subject that is getting little attention by the media. When it is talked about the media and democrats describe it as “stem cell research” rather than correctly calling it “embryonic research”. (Link via Instapundit)
* It’s not coincidence that democrats lumped the Katrina tragedy with Darfur- even though there were only two victims under 10 during hurricane Katrina compared to tens of thousands in Darfur.
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