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July 30, 2004|
"I'd like to have a battle of wits with you,
but, you appear to be unarmed."
That slogan, printed on a T-Shirt observed by this writer in a North Dallas Shopping mall, sums up the argument between those of us who respect innocent human life from its inception, and Ron Reagan, whose ignorant, false, and deceptive rhetoric was given prime time exposure when he spoke before the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night.
By now, most Americans who know and care about the rapid descent of our culture into practices that only a few years ago were unthinkable for most of us, are aware of how the son of President Ronald Reagan is promoting the cloning and killing of embryonic human beings for their stem cells.
Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), the leading proponent of a cloning ban in the U.S. Senate had this to say about Ron Reaganís Convention speech in a July 27th news release:
"To date, 45 diseases and medical conditions have been treated with adult stem cells, while there is not one successful treatment or trial for humans using embryonic stem cells," Brownback stated. "Everyone supports stem cell research and I fully support adult and non-embryonic stem cell research, which is currently providing the cures that proponents of human cloning can only hope to provide.
"However, last night's speech was deeply misleading. Ron Reagan Jr. made a point to describe his support for human cloning, which is both immoral and almost universally opposed. It is wrong to create human life just to destroy it; yet that is exactly what is being proposed by those who support human cloning for research purposes. The fact that Ron Reagan Jr. did not even mention adult stem cell research, with all its recent successes, proves that despite his comments to the contrary, his was a purely political speech supporting human cloning."
John Kilner, president of The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, issued a release in which he said, "History is littered with misguided attempts to relieve suffering by cutting ethical corners. All that Ron Reagan advocated can be achieved through adult stem cell research. But he amazingly never mentioned adult stem cells. Instead, his misleading language covered up the fact that producing the cells he seeks requires cloning human beings and then destroying them. Cloning and killing are too high an ethical price to pay, particularly when there is another safe way to develop the same cures."
Dr. Kilner continued: "It is important to note the connection here between cloning and embryonic stem cell research, since a majority of Americans oppose creating cloned human embryos even for this purpose. Adult stem cell research can often use stem cells from a person's own body achieving a genetic match without using ethically controversial methods."
Ron Reagan, to all appearances, is an educated and articulate man. It is notable that he has obviously chosen to ignore the simple biology and accepted scientific fact that a human embryo is a human being.
President Reagan had profound respect for innocent human life. Unlike his son, who professes to be an athiest, Reagan was a praying man who recognized Almighty God as the author of all life and promoted public policies to protect the unborn. (http://www.nationalreview.com/document/reagan200406101030.asp )
As the T-Shirt implies, those of us who know the facts and remember Biology 101, won't waste time debating Ron Reagan. We would say to him simply, "We're all for stem cell research, just don't kill the donor."
Speaking of T-Shirts Planned Parenthood has come up with a new T-hirt that carries the slogan "I Had an Abortion." Planned Parenthood president, Gloria Feldt, issued a statement in which she said the shirt is "a way to challenge the silence and shame" around the abortion experience. Planned Parenthood affiliates in Idaho and the Carolinas have publicly expressed disapproval of the T-shirts. Don't you wonder how many of those shirts they'll sell?
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