Another clue as to whether congressional Democrats have any interest in legislating or simply politicking for 2008 will come on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The Democratic bill, which President Bush has vetoed once, is a slippery slope to embryo farms. The votes don’t exist to override. Georgia’s Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson authored one the president will sign that allows federal funding only for stem cells taken from deficient “naturally dead” embryos. It has risks, too, but is the best deal that supporters of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research will get out of this president. Isakson does have a knack for finding the middle ground on contentious issues
And then there's Erick at Peach Pundit.
The Speaker and Senator Shafer are working to move Sen. Shafer’s important bill forward while making sure living embryos are not destroyed in the process.
Forgive me, for by internet standards, I am about to do something very crass.
WHAT ABOUT UNWANTED EMBRYOS DISCARDED FROM FERTILITY CLINICS?
The question will remain in caps and the font will grow larger and larger until one of these conservatives finds the stones to answer.
Thousands of embryos are discarded every year. Do we save these as well? Sen. David Adelman authored a reasonable bill to simply provide storage for couples who want to donate their excess embryos created in fertility treatment. It was promptly shot down and faced the usual rhetoric of "embryo farms" and portraying stem cell researchers as modern day Frankensteins.
So, Jim and Erick. What do we do with all these embryos which will eventually be dumped in the garbage with the rest of the medical waste? Do we store them until the rapture calls them home? Do we force them to be implanted? Or do we ban fertility treatments as in your world view it ultimately destroys life? Or do we just do what you and your brothers and sisters in arms continue to do. Ignore them because you can't easily pop forth a lurid description to provoke visceral reactions?
The question will continue to be asked. And it will continue to be asked loudly.