By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC
Those on the other side of the debate argued that government support for the destruction of human life would cross a moral line. “Embryonic stem cell research takes us onto a path that would transform our perception of human life into a malleable, marketable natural resource — akin to a cattle herd or copper mine — to be exploited for the benefit of the born and breathing,” bioethics expert Wesley J. Smith wrote in National Review.
I looked up the article from which Bush took the quote. It is from June 27, 2001 — during the debate over what Bush should do. I also defended his policy — both against those who thought it did not go far enough and those who thought it went too far — after he made his decision on August 9, 2001.
A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since that article was written. As I read the article for the first time in nine years — frankly, I had forgotten about this one — it is amazing how little the debate has changed.
In any event, it is very nice to have had my views noticed at such a high level — whether by the former president or his ghost writer. ; – )
(Photo by WJS, July 19, 2006 — the East Room of the White House, after a speech on stem cells by the President of the United States)
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