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Opening Arguments

Life or death

Can someone explain this mindset to me?

President Obama said Monday that he will ensure the government never "opens the door" for human cloning, before signing an order to lift restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. 

Some critics say the stem cell research can lead to human cloning, but Obama said his administration would develop "strict guidelines" to avoid such experimentation. 

"We cannot ever tolerate misuse or abuse. And we will ensure that our government never opens the door to the use of cloning for human reproduction," Obama said. "It is dangerous, profoundly wrong, and has no place in our society, or any society."

The stem-cell research in question requires the destruction of a human embryo. Whether you think it's just a clump of cells or the beginning of a pre-born baby, it's still life. Cloning involves the creation of another human being. Why is the creation of life more horrifying than its de


tim zank
Mon, 03/09/2009 - 5:35pm

Leo, "Why is the creation of life more horrifying than its destruction?"

Ever see "The Boys From Brazil" with Gregory Peck?

Leo Morris
Tue, 03/10/2009 - 7:18am

Well, those are clones that turned out bad. You can say the same thing about millions of people born the old-fashioned way.

Michael B-P
Tue, 03/10/2009 - 9:30am

The creation of life outside of certain circumstances can be just a reprehensible as its destruction outside of certain circumstances. In either instance, judgement is necessary in order to ascertain societal norms based upon moral principles as well as to interpret constitutional law where applicable. Otherwise, we may come to rely on internally consistent arguments which logically proceed to an absurd conclusion or to depend on hyperbole-stoked emotions overruling all other considerations.

Bob G.
Tue, 03/10/2009 - 9:37am

Eugenics..it's what's for dinner!
(and fate is for dessert)