View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Obama got it wrong - again

"Those who speak out against stem cell research may be rooted in admirable conviction about the sacredness of life, but so are the parents of a child with juvenile diabetes who are convinced that their son's or daughter's hardships can be relieved." - Barack Obama, Notre Dame

During his speech at Notre Dame, President Obama addressed the issue of stem cell research. Unfortunately, he once again distorted the pro-life position.

Pro-lifers, especially Catholic pro-lifers, ARE NOT opposed to stem cell research.

The Church endorses ethical stem cell research - such as that which uses adult stem cells. Moreover, adult stem cell research is the form of stem cell research that is showing promise and producing results. That child with juvenile diabetes might well benefit from a cure discovered through the type of stem cell research the Church endorses.

What Catholic pro-lifers opposes is embryonic stem cell research. Obtaining those stem cells requires killing the unborn child.

Further, despite the popular notion inherent in the President's statement that somehow pro-lifers are stopping embryonic stem cell research - though, to be honest, we would like to see it stop - and thus preventing results, such research has been going on for years. But it has not produced results.

The kinds of results that other forms of stem cell research - forms the Church endorses - are producing.

Forms and results that are making embryonic stem cell research and the killing of unborn children to obtain their stem cells unnecessary.

Obama created an inaccurate impression of what Catholic pro-lifers believe.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did he try the bs idea that there are tons of embryonic stem cells already lying around?

12:38 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Anonymous 12:38 - He didn't say anything about the quantity of embryonic stem cells. What would that matter anyway? The use of such cells is morally wrong.

The point of the post is that he distorted the Catholic pro-life position.

5:36 AM  

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