SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Saturday, July 30, 2005

SEN. FRIST'S BACKING DOWN FROM "FRIST PRINCIPLES" ON EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS AND FEDERAL FUNDING. Sen. Frist's prospects for obtaining the Republican nomination for President in 2008 weren't great to begin with. But now they have taken a big hit in light of his recently-announced opposition to the President's policy on federal funding of embryonic stem cell harvesting and research. Hugh Hewitt has a recent post that includes discussion of this issue, with some pertinent links.

Sen. Frist has lost some credibility with those Americans who think human life should not be created for the purposes of its destruction and harvesting as research materials. Not all ends justify all means--and that is certainly the case here.

I support the President's current policy, whereby funding is allowed for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines, but federal funds cannot otherwise fund the creation of embryonic stem cells for destruction and harvesting. This would still allow federal funding of the very promising research in adult stem cells and likewise allow for private funding of embryonic stem cells. Further, I think an across-the-board ban on somatic cell nuclear transfer--i.e., human cloning--is very necessary. This is the general position advocated by Dr. Leon Kass, Chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics.

At Secondhand Smoke, Wesley J. Smith's recent post "Senator Frist Surrenders His Own 'Frist Principles'" gives some insight into this matter. Smith isn't surprised by Sen. Frist's move on this issue.

But Sen. Frist is still Sen. Frist and President Bush is still President Bush, so I expect a courageous veto from our nation's Executive. It's just too bad that the President has to exercise this power to fend off a short-sighted move by a Senate Majority Leader within his own party.

(Blue Ash, OH)


  • At 10:37 PM, Blogger Robert B said…

    I sent an email to Hugh Hewitt asking him to link to Wesley Smith, CBC and others at least while this issue is hot!

  • At 8:27 AM, Blogger (Doxxiegirl) said…

    I think a ban on human cloning is a must. I think a ban on cloning period is a must. Who are we to play creator!?

    I also oppose harvesting stem cells. We are not in the business of manufacturing humans in order to work on them as guinea pigs.

    Sen. Frist, what a disappointment. I would expect this kind of nonsense from a Democrat, but not from a fellow Republican. What's next....a Republican nominee that is Pro-Choice?

    What happen to the strong party lines?


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