Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 9, 2004
Long before the war on terrorism was a glimmer in Karl RoveÂs eye, the Bush political machinery had seized upon stem cell research to galvanize its conservative base. On August 9, 2001, in his first national television prime time address, President George W. Bush said: ÂEmbryonic stem cell research is at the leading edge of a series of moral hazardsÂ and that ÂI also believe human life is a sacred gift from our CreatorÂ. As a result of these personal beliefs, the President decided to limit federally sponsored stem cell research only to Âembryos that have already been destroyedÂ.
This stark choice was followed by aggressive lobbying at the United Nations by the Bush Administration to ban worldwide one of the two forms of embryonic stem cell research. In fact, the United States has co-sponsored a joint resolution with a number of Roman Catholic nations to do just that. The U.S. Department of StateÂs website declares: ÂCloning an embryo for the purpose of killing it for research or other uses is morally and ethically unacceptable.Â Despite three years of backlash, this policy is still pronounced as part of the ÂUnited StatesÂ Agenda at the United Nations.
In fact, a wide majority of Americans support embryonic stem cell research, including a majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. As do most politicians. As do most scientific and educational institutions. As do most countries. As do most religions. The only sub-group where a majority opposes embryonic stem cell research is composed of highly religious Christians, the same group that also generally opposes abortion.
The most glaring deficiency of President BushÂs stem cell policies is that they have no legal support and, in fact, are unconstitutional.
For a complete look at the Bush stem cell divide from a scientific, popular, legal, religious, and political point of view, see full article here .
For a President who seeks freedom and support in the Middle East, learn the irony of how Mr. BushÂs stem cell policies both further clashes with todayÂs Islamic culture and follows IslamÂs political direction after the Middle Ages.
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