Thursday, August 04, 2005


James Dobson, founder of Focus on Family:

"DOBSON: You know, the thing that means so much to me here on this this issue [embryonic stem cell research] is that people talk about the potential for good that can come from destroying these little embryos and how we might be able to solve the problem of juvenile diabetes. There's no indication yet that they're gonna do that, but people say that, or spinal cord injuries or such things. But I have to ask this question: In World War II, the Nazis experimented on human beings in horrible ways in the concentration camps, and I imagine, if you wanted to take the time to read about it, there would have been some discoveries there that benefited mankind. You know, if you take a utilitarian approach, that if something results in good, then it is good. But that's obviously not true. We condemn what the Nazis did because there are some things that we always could do but we haven't done, because science always has to be guided by ethics and by morality. And you remove ethics and morality, and you get what happened in Nazi Germany. That's why to Senator [Senate Majority Leader Bill] Frist [R-TN] and the others who are saying, "Look what may be accomplished." Yeah, but there's another issue, there's a higher order of ethics here."

ummm... tell me I'm wrong, but I don't see how a few embryos equate to twisted experiments on fully grown and unsedated humans, but this guy's focus is on family, so he must be right. ummm.. no.


ligitgill said...

...and did you know that the huge pharmaceutical company "Bayer" was one of the group of scientists experimenting on humans in concentration camps? Take an aspirin for that.

Dr 4LOM said...

That I did not know. One thing that struck me as interesting about this statement is that they really are trying to equate abortion or stem cell technology as somehow meddling with humans. I've said it on this blog and elsewhere, but anyone who's ever had a child should know that the umbilical cord has thousands of stem cells that could certainly be donated and used for experimentation without effecting the life of any natural fetuses. The defense on the right is that in order to use these cells, an embryo must be created from them, but that's not entirely true. Also, the procedure recently invented in Korea to adjust DNA information in stem cells supercedes embryo creation. These cells are generically undetermined, so they can be implanted anywhere and cells with determined purposes that can't reproduce will implant that determined purpose on the stem cell.