Janet LaRue has a great column highlighting the fantasy and the false hope perpetuated by ESC research advocates.
Proponents of ESCR consider acceptable the destruction of human embryos after we extract their cells. Unlike Munchkinland, however, there are no talking embryos to prick a conscience. ESCR fans should heed the signpost outside the Haunted Forest on the way to the Witch’s castle, which warns, “I’d turn back if I were you!”
…After promising Dorothy he could get her back to Kansas in his hot air balloon, the Wizard launches it without her. When Dorothy screams for him to come back, he shouts, “I can’t come back! I don’t know how it works!” The congressional wizards should be so honest.
…Once the federal funding balloon is launched for ESCR, it will be even more difficult to keep the cloning balloon tethered to terra firma. If Congress doesn’t intend to permit human cloning, it should have banned it by now. Instead, the House of Representatives voted down an amendment to H.R. 3, the ESCR funding bill, which would have banned cloning.
…ESCR advocates in Congress “don’t know how it works,” yet they are intent upon taking us down the Yellow Brick Road from which we will never “come back.”
If you want real hope and help for those suffering from disease or in need of organ replacement, tell Congress to launch its funding balloon in the right direction – toward ASCR. Tell them that the destruction of innocent human life is a road on which “I’d turn back if I were you!”
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