Friday, July 21, 2006

Joni Eareckson Tada on Presidential Veto

WASHINGTON, July 20 /Christian Newswire/ -- Joni Eareckson Tada was among those gathered at the White House in support of President George W. Bush as he vetoed a bill which would have expanded federal funding of research using human embryos from IVF clinics to harvest stem cells. Joining fellow disability advocates, ethicists, researchers, theologians and legislators Mrs. Tada, a spinal cord injured quadriplegic for nearly four decades observed, “I stand with countless Americans with disabilities who believe that our cause is not advanced when human life is sacrificed in hopes of finding a cure. People like me -- who are medically fragile -- are left vulnerable and exposed in a society that views human life as a commodity which can be experimented upon or exploited. Any research that destroys human embryos is an affront to God’s creative authority.”

3 Comments:

At 2:49 PM, Blogger Thinking in Ohio said...

I heard a christian scientist on NPR speaking to this issue the other day. He contends that if evangelicals wish to oppose stem cell research, they'd better oppose IV fertilization as well. His point being that the embryos that are formed in the fertilization process are left in a frozen limbo. He was not arguing that the soul merges with the embryo at conception, but his point was simply that those who believe so are being inconsistant in their support of one science and not the other.

What do you think?

 
At 2:52 PM, Blogger Thinking in Ohio said...

The Doctor's name is Francis Collins. He just authored the book, "The Language of God" and I heard the interview on the Diane Ream Show.

 
At 3:17 PM, Blogger Matt Friedeman said...

Doug:

For the reasons you suggest, I am against IV fertilization. It seems obvious from an consistent ethics point of view. More to the point, from a "truth" perspective...

Matt

 

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