Yesterday, before the senate debated and voted on the stem cell bills, Rick Santorum was a guest on C-Span's Washington Journal.
After a caller phoned in to voice her moral outrage over embryonic stem cell research, Rick expressed his belief that, "most scientists unfortunately, those that certainly are advocating for this (embryonic stem cell research), and many others feel very little moral compulsion." Rick continued, "It's a utilitarian, materialistic view of doing whatever they can do to pursue their desired goals."
Um, Rick, do you mean the horrifying goal of trying to find cures for terminal diseases? Here's the video:
Even the supreme court doesn't consider an embryo a person and they never will. Its too absurd a notion. The absurdity of this debate just makes you want to cry. No one who is not logically challenged would make such an argument. Santorum isn't an idiot, he's just really cynical, like Bush. Neither of them believe this. They just owe the people (who clearly are logically challenged) who paid for their elections. It is imperative that Santorum does not get reelected so we can get back to making sense again.
There is a type of Catholic who thinks that the entire world revolves around two issues: abortion and homosexuality. Stem cell research is part of the abortion rubric. Rick is one of these narrow ethicists and I can't for the life of me believe that that focus alone constitutes the essence of true Catholicism. These guys have very little to say, for instance about poverty, war, pollution, greed, and general civility.
I thought that in 1994 when the Catholic Church finally admitted that Galileo was right and that the earth DOES move about the sun that they might have at last got religion, but I guess I was wrong. It will be interesting when geneticists finally show that homosexuality depends on your genes and that mothers will be able to tell a few weeks after conception the sexual orientation of their future baby. I suspect, considering Catholics phobia over both homosexuals and abortion, that a Catholic mother will have a real sense of angst when she discovers her future baby is going to be a drag queen. I suspect too she will be pushing people away as she makes her way to the abortion clinic.
That's a very scary proposition you propose. Hopefully it will never come to the point where babies are aborted in this country based on whether or not their wrist is going to be a little limp. But then again that brings us back to the morality of abortion. Embryonic Stem cell research can and will find cures for diseases or shorten the lists for heart/liver/kidney/bone marrow transplants. Let's not let these flat-earthers continue legislating our morality.
For me this whole pro-life notion is very difficult to understand. For some reason these neo-conservatives on capital hill value the life of an embryo over the life of a developed human being. It is common knowledge that many of these embryos are just being thrown away in clinics. Moreover, there is substantial knowledge that embryonic research can help prevent many diseases and cancers. The conservative public need to look themselves in the face and ask themselves if it is more moral to abandon the ability to save a fully functional human already contributing to society or an embryo which has no advanced signs of life.