Monday, March 09, 2009

Murder by Memo

Submitted for posting by Laine Johnson of

The case for embryonic human stem cell research butchery
by Laine Johnson

“Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.” (Ecclesiastes 9:12 NIV)

This morning, I listened as the news anchor forced a bright tone into his voice and regurgitated the poisonous talking points of the memo he just consumed:

“President Obama has signed a Presidential declaration that will allow embryonic stem cell research to proceed forward ...” The announcer goes on to list all the wonderful medical breakthroughs that this research will under gird. We are assured that the embryos are left over in fertility clinics, and would not have been used anyway.” These embryos were never intended to be allowed to live, so it is OK to kill them now. But, don’t worry, the News Anchor assures us- we will never cross that really bright line- we will never produce embryos for the purpose of killing them! How moral of us! How refined!

So with the stroke of his pen, Obama has made this decision to withdraw protection from the least among us. For a man who famously claimed that decisions about life in its earliest, most delicate phases was “beyond his pay grade,” Obama is certainly giving us our money’s worth now. We only have to pay a lowly presidents salary to a man who is now freely and recklessly making decisions about other people’s right to live and die. Obama’s presidency can almost be defined by the phrase “making decisions beyond his pay grade.”

In his “fair and impartial” voice, the news announcer pretends to state the position of opponents of embryonic stem cell research, “Opponents of embryonic stem cell research say that such research is unethical because the embryos still have a chance to grow up to be people.”

How clever. How dishonest. How revolting. How disingenuous. “Because the embryos still have a chance to grow up to be people.” No, Mr. News Announcer, the “embryos” are human already. You are just using the word “embryo” to camouflage that truth. You know that “embryo” does not conjure up a tiny human with ten toes and ten fingers- you know that people think of an embryo as non-human, as some kind of a tissue blob that does not look like us. It’s always easier to kill a person if you dehumanize him. And you have done it with a word! How brilliant! How stunning! How terrifying!

And Mr. News Announcer, now that you have turned the reality of humanity into a talking point, how will you escape from the “evil times that fall unexpectedly” on men? Have you not considered that someday in the near future, when you are in your News Announcer Nursing Home, that someone will not silently creep into YOUR room and remove YOUR life support? They will reason that you had your chance to be human, but now your time has passed, and someone younger needs your bed to finish out THEIR fully human experience. You will not need that bed- someone younger has decided that your time has come to matriculate out of humanity. Do you think anyone will be listening to you then, as you desperately try to tell them that you missed THAT memo?


Angi said...

Great post.

Not to mention the fact that if you ask someone what scientific advances have actually been made with embryonic stem cells, they can't give you any examples...because there AREN'T any.

Yet adult stem cells have been used for many breakthroughs and are actually able to be used in their current form as well as they're now able to be converted into the exact same type as an embryonic stem cell, thus eliminating the need to create embryos to harvest cells...

AND, nobody was stopping them before. The ban was on federal funding, not the actual research. But now, we get to pay for it.

The whole thing makes me sick.

LewWaters said...

Angi, the left's "culture of death" is one of he moredisturbing aspects of Liberals. From the unborn to the aging to those who are told they are "terminal," their answer seems to always be "death."

Will they be as willing when their time comes?

Angie Lee said...

What about the problems they're finding with recipients of ESCs (like the boy who has a brain tumor with female DNA characteristics and obviously traceable to the ESC)?

The whole argument about whether an embryo or fetus is "alive" and has "rights" before birth is kind of asinine, really. If it has a heartbeat (which it does at around 8 weeks' gestation), that kind of makes it ALIVE.

As you know, I found out recently I am pregnant, at around 9 weeks. We told the other children, and they were pretty excited. I found a picture on one of the pregnancy websites of a 9-week fetus and asked my 4-year-old daughter what that was. The answer should be fairly obvious to an adult, if it is to a 4-year-old: "That's the baby in your tummy, mommy."

Seriously, folks. It's not rocket science.

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LewWaters said...

Snarkie, consider yourself no longer welcome to comment on my blog. What I deleted was way over the top, even for a moron like you. You have no class, no respect and in my not so humble opinion, are lower than whale shit.

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I told you, snarkie, GET LOST!