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Frist backing stem cell study funding

“I give huge moral significance to the human embryo, it is nascent human life, what that means is as we advance science, we treat that embryo with dignity, with respect.”

— Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (I’m sure, with a straight face)

Hurl alert. It’s convenient hypocrisy as usual in DC, when pro-life, cat-killing Bill Frist flips and supports embryonic stem cell research funding. It almost takes your breath away that the telepathic Schiavo video diagnostician can utter anything about the “dignity of human life” at this point. (WaPo):

Breaking with President Bush, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Friday he now supports legislation to remove some of the administration’s limitations on embryonic stem cell research.

Frist, an abortion opponent who just last month said he did not support expanding federal financing of research on embryos, said his decision was consistent with both his experience as a physician and his anti-abortion stance.

Now is the time to expand the president’s policy because it’s promising research, but it must be done in a way that is ethically considerate, that respects the dignity of human life,” said Frist, who also is a heart and lung transplant surgeon.

The Tennessee Republican, who has been said to be eyeing a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, said only stem cells from embryos that “would otherwise be discarded,” not implanted in a woman or frozen indefinitely, should be considered for research.

Bush has threatened to veto legislation for expanded financial support for stem cell research. A bill to finance more stem cell research has passed the House, but has been stalled in the Senate. Frist’s support could push it closer to passage and set up a confrontation with Bush.

The Freepi have quickly turned on Frist, his behind is toast for a prez run, if you believe these folks…

Actual Freeper Quotesâ„?

“Just another one with no backbone who will not stand by the president.”

“Who needs Democrats when the GOP does just fine promoting the culture of death all by itself?”

“Further, I suspect he knows he’s not going to be president so he might as well betray his every professed belief for financial gain.”

“Rotten traitorous b*stard! And this is the GOP leadership???? Forget it! I am DONE with them. First they ginore the borders. Then they coddle the religion of murder. Now, what the heck? Let’s cannibalize the unborn! The GOP is no better than the Democrats.”

“I will never vote for him. How dare he use the force of government to make all of us fund this atrocity. It can now be done privately by willing participants. Now I must violate my conscience every time I pay my taxes. SHAME ON FRIST FOR BEING ANTI FREEDOM AND ANTI LIFE!”

I suspect that Frist’s hospitals will reap huge financial gain from this type of research.

“What irks me the most is that he tries to redefine what it is. I no longer respect this man. We are all going to die. We may kill enough babies to find a cure for one disease only to die of something else. Ahhh…but in the meantime there is a lot of money to be made. All the state governments are drooling over the potential windfall, so no surprise a Presidential candidate is doing the same. BUT HE WILL NEVER GET MY VOTE!!!!!!!!”

“Frist is doing such a good job of trying to parse words and split hairs during his performance on C-Span this morning! I cringe every time I hear him say that federal funds are only to be used for “embryonic stem cells, or blastocytes that will, with certainty, be thrown away anyway”. I don’t need to be presented with medical terms and percentages to know all I need to know about this…killing innocent human life is wrong. Period. I don’t think that we were ever supposed to go down the road of invitro-fertilization. I don’t think that God ever meant for us to have extra human beings lying around, only to be destroyed and thrown away later on! We’ve passed the point of no return. We live in a society where the ends justifies the means. Sad.”

“Thanks a lot spineless, consciousless Frist for moving to advance human life and babies as a mere comodity for useable body parts like a junkyard.”

“Tradeing for Specter-points.”

I don’t think that we were ever supposed to go down the road of invitro-fertilization

“Exactly. We are just creating a market for them, so that they can say “look, it WILL cure this or that, so now we need to CREATE life so we can DESTROY life so that we can “save” life (they will just die of something else). I will never trust Frist again.”

“I’m sorry that you do not understand. That’s the way it is anyway. It’s called conscience. I will not vote for a baby killer if the position will give him power in these moral areas. The result, then, is up to God. I must do what is right with whatever power I have. That means I must vote for a moral person and not just a “lesser of two evils” person. Any time I have compromised on that I have lived to regret it. So I am learning from past mistakes.”

“IF Frist is running against a liberal with a similar perspective conscience overrides the opportunity to employ all attributes offered by said party?”

said only stem cells from embryos that “would otherwise be discarded,” not implanted in a woman or frozen indefinitely, should be considered for research.

“This whole statement bothers me. Why are we creating embryos that “would otherwise be discarded” anyway? Also, why are Republicans simply taking this situation as a given? Why are we not challenging it?”

“That’s where it all starts. I used to fall for that, but no more. As it is now, the “better than the Democrat” Republicans are destroying everything we want. We have the WH and both houses of Congress and we can’t even stop funding NPR and PBS. It’s a big fat JOKE — and the joke is on us. So no, I will vote only for candidates who are moral on the issues they will have power over. I could vote for Frist for dog catcher, but not President. I only have control over one decision: my vote. If someone wants my vote, let him offer moral leadership. PERIOD! Earn my vote or you won’t get it.”

“This “big tent” Republican Party isn’t worth crap! They want to be “all inclusive”, and now we are seeing the results of that mentality. They have tried to represent so many different lines of thinking that they have no core values anymore. I’ve seen it coming for a long time, and I do believe that the Republican Party has seen its last vote from me until they find their conscience and principles again.”

“All my RNC mail, and mail from Frist’s senatorial office, etc gets tossed with all my other junk mail these days. If I have no voice with those clowns, then they may as well do without my $.”

“Frist has girlie-man mannerisms. On that basis alone, he couldn’t be elected President.”

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