By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC

Wow. I am surprised — and very flattered: President Bush’s new book Decision Points quotes me. The Corner also takes note, because the quote is from something I wrote on NRO. Here’s what Bush wrote:

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)