Friday, February 17, 2006

"Common sense meanings?" Why not just be truthful?

In a discussion over cloning and stem cell research in Missouri one proponent of Missouri's phony ban on cloning had this to say:

Teitelbaum said the initiative uses common-sense meanings. When typical voters think of human cloning, they expect to see a baby, he said. The initiative would ban cloning a baby by imposing criminal penalties against anyone who attempted to implant cloned cells into a woman's uterus.

Professor Teitelbaum doesn't think that Missouri's citizens should be informed about what's really going on because he knows what they're thinking. He knows that they wouldn't be opposed to human cloning for research purposes if they really knew what it was but those poor Missouri common folk will probably think we're talking about bringing cloned babies to birth. We just have give those ignorant hillbillies a pack of lies "common sense meanings" and then they'll understand.

Who needs accurate definitions when we have "common sense" meanings?

Who needs to know that "'Clone or attempt to clone a human being' means to implant in a uterus or attempt to implant iNa uterus anything other than the product of fertilization of an egg of a human female by a sperm of a human male for the purpose of initiating a pregnancy that could result in the creation of a human fetus, or the birth of a human being" is scientifically false when Professor Teitelbaum thinks it's a "common sense meaning?"

Related: The Missouri Coalition for Livesaving Cures is unbelievably claiming that "SCNT stem cell research" (aka human cloning for research) could "benefit over 500,000 Missouri patients and reduce state health care costs by billions." We just need to get passed the reality that SCNT has never been able to create a cloned human embryo, much less a cloned human embryo with stem cells, much less successfully removing those stem cells, much less using those stem cells to treat anyone. And who needs to bother with getting all those human eggs necessary to even try to cloning SCNT stem cell research?

Related: Wesley Smith previously testified in front of Missouri lawmakers on cloning.

HT: Prolife Blogs

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