Friday, August 25, 2006

The stem cell breakthrough, Day 2

I suggested yesterday that the apparent new breakthrough in stem cell research, which harvests cells without destroying embryos, could offer a lifeline to Congressman Mark Green, whose opposition to embryonic stem cell research threatens to sink his campaign for governor.

Republican radio host Charlie Sykes agrees. He says Mark Green and George Bush should, "Declare victory. Defuse the issue. Move on."

I'm betting that's not likely.

The Catholic Bishops, who pull Green's strings, are still opposed.

And Wisconsin Right to Life, which waffled momentarily yesterday, is back on its usual path with a strident news release today:
After consulting with researchers and others regarding the accuracy of the scientists' claims, Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director Barbara Lyons said:

... "The published experiment the scientists refer to ended up in the destruction of all of the embryos involved. They DID NOT simply extract one cell from an embryo ...they plucked the embryos cell at a time."

Even if the scientists had conducted the experiment exactly as it has been portrayed (extract only one cell from an embryo and let the embryo live and grow), there is still a great risk of harm or death to the embryo. The way it has been portrayed, there would be no risk to the embryo. That is not the case.

There is also a chance that the one cell could form a new embryo, a twin of the original embryo, if put in the right conditions.

"If the scientific community and the biotech industry are really serious about alleviating disease and devastating conditions, they need to stop killing human embryos to obtain stem cells and concentrate on using adult stem cells that have shown success in over 72 diseases and conditions.

The time they are spending trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the American public should be spent on research that will actually help people," stated Lyons.
This is the group that calls Mark Green one of its heroes. This is his base.

It's safe to say that Extreme Green has his marching orders. He'll try to sound reasonable on the issue, but don't look for him to embrace this new breakthrough. Barbara Lyons & Co. would never forgive him.


At 11:27 AM, Blogger publius said...

How many strings does Green have???

Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Road, Pro-Life, and now Big Religion...

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Paul_Robeson said...

This isn't to defend Green or the Catholic Church; I don't particularly like either one very much. But I'm not totally comfortable with the rhetoric here, particularly the reference to "the Catholic Bishops, who pull Green's strings." Similar charges (usually referencing the tentacles of the Pope or the Vatican) have been a cornerstone of virulent anti-Catholicism throughout American history, most famously in the Presidential campaigns of Al Smith and JFK.

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Other Side said...

Perhaps it should be said that Green allows his strings to be pulled.

And Publius ... it should be Big Anti-Abortion (never pro-life, which it isn't.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

It's true that Green doesn't always listen to the church. For example, the bishops oppose the death penalty, but he supports it.

Of course, they haven't called him out on it like they did to Doyle on stem cells.

I'm not anti-Catholic. I am anti-religion.

At 5:42 AM, Blogger Paul_Robeson said...

Given how most organized religions operate, xoff, I can hardly blame you for that.


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