I Do Believe in Sperm
I have a few more questions, this time for President Bush:
President Bush has condemned stem cell research advances in South Korea and said he worried about living in a world in which human cloning was condoned. He said he would veto any legislation aimed at loosening limits on federal support in the United States.
"I'm very concerned about cloning," Bush told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday. "I worry about a world in which cloning becomes acceptable."
Why does the President find twins unacceptable?
"I made it very clear to the Congress that the use of federal money, taxpayers' money to promote science which destroys life in order to save life is — I'm against that. And therefore, if the bill does that, I will veto it."
So, does this mean the President is for using federal money to support the type of research done by the South Korean scientists? Those researchers used only adult cells*--an enucleated egg cell from one adult, and a nucleus from another adult's cell--and no fertilization took place.
Bush and some religious and conservative groups who believe life begins at conception are offended by the research and don't think tax money should be used to finance it.
Since the embryonic stem cell lines were created without conception [nuclear transfer (egg + a woman's/man's/child's cell nucleus) vs. fertilization (egg + sperm)], why is the President's belief about conception used to decide what tax money should finance?
Actually, the better question is: Why should the President's personal beliefs, and his sensibilities [or those of any other politician, for that matter] be allowed to decide funding for lines of scientific inquiry?
[*I saw the article on another blog, but I forgot which one. If you know, please e-mail me and I'll credit the link.]