Science and health vs. rights of the blastula: Bush choses latter
P.S.: My wife says Bush is a “stupid mo-fo” for doing this.
Update: Slacktivist has a good post on this:
This is what President Bush means by a "moral boundary." He believes that these embryos must never be used for research, because morality demands that they be tossed in the trash with yesterday's coffee grounds.
Update II: Slacktivist again:
Let me repeat this in blunter terms.
Here is what President Bush said yesterday in defense of his veto of Rep. Mike Castle's bill allowing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research:
This bill would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others. It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect, so I vetoed it. ...
Embryonic stem cells come from human embryos that are destroyed for their cells. Each of these human embryos is a unique human life with inherent dignity and matchless value. ...
This is nonsense.
1. Countless thousands of frozen human embryos are regularly destroyed at fertility clinics.
2. President Bush claims to believe that these embryos are human lives "with inherent dignity and matchless value."
3. Therefore, President Bush has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the federal government to fund research that would use some few of these thousands of frozen embryos for research, instead of their being destroyed along with the many other thousands of embryos.
4. If No. 2 above were true, No. 3 would be an obscenely modest response. No one who genuinely believed what President Bush claims to believe could possibly be satisfied with such a response.
5. Therefore, President Bush is lying, or he does not fully understand the inescapable moral obligation demanded by his position, or he does not care about the inescapable moral obligation demanded by his position. He is a liar, a fool or a casual bystander whose inaction implicitly endorses what he believes is mass murder.