Monday, July 20, 2009

Life Links 7/20/09

Robert George, Patrick Lee and Maureen Condic respond to Ronald Bailey regarding Bailey’s argument that embryos aren’t living human beings because scientists can take mouse iPS cells put them together with a blastocyst which can only form placental tissue and create mouse embryos.
For people who advocate the killing of embryonic human beings in the cause of biomedical research, the Holy Grail is an argument that would definitively establish that the human embryo, at least early in its development, is not a living human organism and therefore not a human being at all. The problem for these advocates is that all the scientific evidence points in precisely the opposite direction.

As a side note, I commented on the Baily article when I noticed something which I thought was a mistake and Bailey was quick to make the correction. This is in marked contrast to some pro-choice blogs where any comment noting a possible error is treated as equivalent to trolling.

Alveda King has an opinion piece in the Washington Times.
Racism springs from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human. It's a self-centered falsehood that corrupts our minds into believing we are right to treat others as we would not want to be treated. So it is with abortion.

Racism oppresses its victims, but also binds the oppressors, who sear their consciences with more and more lies until they become prisoners of those lies. They cannot face the truth of human equality because it reveals the horror of the injustices they commit. While victims die physically, practitioners die spiritually. So it is with abortion.

Twenty prolife Democrats in the House sent a letter the Democratic leadership on Friday noting they couldn’t vote for health care reform in its current form.
The letter comes at a time when other blocs of House Democrats, such as the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, have threatened to withhold their support for the bill. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., warned that Democratic leaders should heed the group's letter, saying the bill is endangered by the defection of anti-abortion Democrats.

"I told leadership repeatedly, but they just sort of ignored us," said Stupak, who signed the letter. "They ignore at their own peril."

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