I’m saddened but not surprised by the House vote yesterday. It means the men and women who represent us in Congress don’t understand what they voted on–or they’re far more callous than I imagined.
Embryonic stem cell research requires embryos. To harvest the stem cells, you must kill them. This is no different than abortion, and I doubt that a bill loosening restrictions on abortion would have passed through a Republican-led House.
Not that our skittish representatives will ever have to wrestle with that issue, thanks to the mysterious discovery of a constitutional right to kill the unborn by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade.
Even though the Republicans passed an alternative bill promoting the use of stem cells from adults and umbilical cord blood 430-1, Ron Paul of Texas being the lone dissenter, the fight to dismember the unborn piece by piece, cell by cell, will continue. That says to me that either there’s a lot of money to be made creating and harvesting humans, or that proponents are after more than just money.
My bet is that it’s both.