Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Destroying the embryos in order to save them

Congressman Mark Green, who never met an embryo he didn't like, tried desperately today to get on the right side of the stem cell research issue.

He pledged $25-million to try to find a way to create new stem cells without destroying embryos.

The problem is that the great new breakthrough he wants to fund just admitted that it destroyed all of the embryos in its project.

Dave Diamond asks :
If the research involves destroying embryos in order to figure out how not to destroy embryos, how does that resolve the "ethical dilemma"?
Seth Zlotocha says:
... here's what Wisconsin Right to Life had to say on the topic today: "Amazingly, some researchers are claiming in the wake of this untruthful revelation that if we could just use tax dollars for this unethical research – well, problem solved. How about just discontinuing the unethical research and using adult stem cells which are daily providing real treatments for real people?"

Sounds like a certain GOP candidate we know has some explaining to do.
UPDATE: Carrie Lynch:
Let's just call this what it is and get it over with here Team Green. You found yourself on the losing end of an issue so you compromised your beliefs to try to gain some ground back. Those little clumps of cells are either children being experimented on or they are not.

In the end Congressman Green is using the "suffering" of what the extreme right, and until today Congressman Green himself, called children for his political gain.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Brew City Brawler calls it the $25-million embryo.


At 5:11 PM, Blogger Michael J. Mathias said...

From the JSOnline Story:

"Exact details of Green's plan were not available..."

I seem to recall that phrase or something similar appearing in nearly all of the reporting about Green's initiatives.

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Bob Thompson said...

Yeah, and right after it is the one that says Green doesn't know how much it would cost and refused to detail how he would pay for it.

At 7:14 PM, Blogger Other Side said...

All of their proclamations can be narrowed down to one, simple statement:

The Green Team promises you everything, you pay the postage.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger TrueConservative said...

With great sadness, I analyze the Green Team as follows: A campaign that floats between one illogical position to another. Here we are on stem cell research, on which they try to claim the moral high ground by saying no embryonic stem cell research. Then they flip to say its OK to experiment on embryonic stem cells as long as you can (in theory) claim the embryos can still someday be a human life. If I was interested in using an embryo, would I prefer an untouched embryo or an embryo with one or two cells remove as Green proposes. The answer is pretty simple. Green is a fool and so is his campaign advisors.

At 6:41 AM, Blogger Paul_Robeson said...

Even the ever-credulous (when it comes to Green) JS mentioned some of the myriad pitfalls of Green's vague plan, although, in true JS fashion, it framed opposition in partisan terms.

A good paper would report more extensively on how Green's plan would fit into actual research. Alas, this would require talking to real, live scientists, and that means a bit more work than simply letting the GOP do your legwork (as apparently was the case with the Marotta story on Tues.).

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Paul_Robeson said...

WSJ's Phil Brinkman did a much better job with this -- reported the announcement, but then spoke with scientists at the UW and reported their concerns.


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