Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Biden on stem cells and developmental disabilities

Joe Biden's campaign must not have thought a lot before putting this line in his speech.
“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there's joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”

Yuval Levin and Wesley Smith have some thoughts.

Levin writes,
Biden’s remark is indicative of the lack of seriousness with which some Democratic politicians treat the relevant science here: they don’t themselves think this is one avenue of cell biology that could offer important help in one range of potential biomedical advances but rather they see it as a kind of magic bullet and universal cure-all that allows them to be for curing all that ails the human race and accusing their opponents of being against it all, meanwhile paying no heed to ethical concerns.

While "all this talk" is clearly referring to Sarah Palin's convention speech (I haven't heard any other "talk" regarding this issue than Palin's speech), Biden's press secretary had this to say, “Long story short: couldn’t be farther from being a comment about Gov. Palin.”

Uh... yeah. That's convincing to the die-hard Obama-Biden ticket supporters and just about no one else.

I find it sad the audience would give this kind of comment a standing ovation. That doesn't shed the best light on some Obama-Biden supporters in Missouri who are apparently ignorant about the differences between adult and embryonic stem cells, don't understand that stem cells aren't going to be able to get rid of the extra chromosome in children with Down Syndrome and McCain's position on this issue.

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