Neil of the nTrain has two great posts up about stem cells and gays/women in the military. Neil (who has a great, sarcastic writing style) points out that, although he his in favor of stem cell research, “those that object to the use of federally funded research that involved the dissection of these embryos cannot simply stop there. You cannot be against what you see as murder simply because the federal government is funding it. That’s absurd. What this calls for is a Republican bill outlawing the use of embryos by any research facility in their stem cell research.”
I think it’s necessary to make use of those embryos because to simply allow them to remain frozen is to inhibit their developmental potential. Perhaps we can just sprinkle them on some hospital beds and give them 6-9 months to develop, providing food and drink whenever necessary or applicable. Doing nothing just seems barbaric.
As for gays and women in the military, he links to a Max Boot column which asks, “Are [conservatives] more concerned with winning culture wars at home or winning the war on terrorism abroad?” The answer, of course, is clear — and Neil expands further on Boot’s point by looking at the international conservative approach to reproductive rights, poverty and medical care. Read Neil’s entire post, but here’s a teaser:
Were [pro-lifers] seriously committed to the cause of pro-lifedom, which I thought was to reduce the number of abortions to an insignificant sub-statistic, they would champion non-abstinence only education, not focus solely on outlawing abortion in safe and sanitary facilities, and promote options that work, such as contraception. Instead, the whole of their cause is devoted solely towards putting on record laws that allow abortions to take place, just hidden and away from world view, as if a child dying (their view) with the concurrence or non-objection of the government is any different from it being aborted on the kitchen/bathroom floor with a wire hanger, most likely also threatening the life of the mother and possibly her already existing family/children that would be left without a mother were her skill in medical practices not Dr. Quinn-like.
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