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Embryo enthusiasm

“President Bush is advancing ethical research, while standing firmly against exploiting living members of the human family as sources of spare parts.”
— Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee on Bush’s first veto

You know, the bible beaters/forced birth advocates care so much about eggs, feti and frozen embryos, but never seem to cough up the equivalent amount enthusiasm for the welfare of babies born into poverty, disease and violence. Once they’ve been shot out of the womb, all bets are off.

This is why Dear Leader’s first veto, preventing the use of federal funds to do research on embryonic stem cells is an unbelievable bit of BS. We’re talking about degrading frozen embryos that were going to be tossed away at fertility clinics for goodness sake. Researchers working on cures for spinal cord injuries, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s and other diseases will now have to rely on private funds in this area, thanks to Bush’s fundie inclinations.

After bitter exchanges over faith and morals, the House has failed to override President Bush’s veto of federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research. Needing a two-thirds majority to overcome that veto, the vote fell considerably short (235-193).

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family is pleased the president stood his ground in defending the sanctity of life….”His unswerving commitment to the cause of the unborn underscores the lack of conviction displayed by the supposedly pro-life members of the House and Senate who voted to pass this barbarous legislation.”

I’m with Bob Geiger over at HuffPost. The wingers should adopt 400,000 embryos.

Senate and House Democratic leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) need to call these guys on their pious claims and immediately propose legislation that would fund an adoption program for all 400,000 of the frozen embryos stored throughout America. The first people who should step up to the plate and adopt one of these microscopic entities are the 37 Senators who voted against the stem cell research bill on Tuesday and the 193 members of the House who refused to override Bush’s veto of the bill yesterday. Heck, the Bush family alone could probably adopt a couple hundred of them.

That leaves only about 399,500 of the little cells to find homes for, which is where Bush can start a faith-based, Christian program and enlist the help of James Dobson, at the ultraconservative Focus on the Family, who called the stem cell bill “barbarous legislation” and lauded the veto, calling Bush “a man of his word and a champion for the pre-born.”

With the 1.5 million listeners they claim for their daily radio broadcast and the combined circulation of about 2.3 million subscribers for their magazines, Focus on the Family alone should be able to provide cozy little Petri dishes for the remaining cells by the end of July.

But if, by any chance, they turn out to be a bunch of hypocrites who don’t really see these as living beings or who just don’t give a damn enough to help them, Bush can always hit up those God-fearing — and science-fearing — people at the Family Research Council (FRC).

You know, what about saving the sperm, while we’re at it? I think the fundies should push legislation banning men from masturbating, because that’s spilled seed that could have been used to create a precious life as well.

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