The stem cell debate

I saw this item at Hot Air and didn’t pay it any notice and then I saw that it was referenced at NRO’s Corner and clicked through.  

In an interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Bill Clinton had this to say:

Clinton: I think – the answer is I think that we’ll work it through. If – particularly if it’s done right. If it’s obvious that we’re not taking embryos that can – that under any conceivable scenario would be used for a process that would allow them to be fertilized and become little babies, and I think if it’s obvious that we’re not talking about some science fiction cloning of human beings, then I think the American people will support this….

Gupta: Any reservations?

Clinton: I don’t know that I have any reservations, but I was – he has apparently decided to leave to the relevant professional committees the definition of which frozen embryos are basically going to be discarded, because they’re not going to be fertilized. I believe the American people believe it’s a pro-life decision to use an embryo that’s frozen and never going to be fertilized for embryonic stem cell research….

But those committees need to be really careful to make sure if they don’t want a big storm to be stirred up here, that any of the embryos that are used clearly have been placed beyond the pale of being fertilized before their use. There are a large number of embryos that we know are never going to be fertilized, where the people who are in control of them have made that clear. The research ought to be confined to those….

But there are values involved that we all ought to feel free to discuss in all scientific research. And that is the one thing that I think these committees need to make it clear that they’re not going to fool with any embryos where there’s any possibility, even if it’s somewhat remote, that they could be fertilized and become human beings.

This guy was the President of the United States and he doesn’t realize that an embryo, by definition, is an egg that has ALREADY BEEN FERTILIZED. Mr. President, with all due respect, an embryo that attaches itself to the uterine wall will grow into what we call a “baby”.

And Dr. Gupta why did you not correct the former president? Yeah, I know, it’s not like he made the same mistake SIX times.

3 thoughts on “The stem cell debate”

  1. Well, we ARE talking about a guy who thinks whipping out his …

    And a girl removing the slice of pizza from her mouth and …

    “IS” …

    Um, and we were supposed to trust him and his wife to set up healthcare for our country??!!??

  2. This kind of ignorance is seriously embarrassing, but hell, if playing cigar tricks with Monica in the White House didn’t embarrass him (which is not the same as being pissed he got caught), why would he care?

  3. The more I think about it, the worse this looks. There’s absolutely no excuse for such blatant ignorance of something very basic in anybody who’s graduated from high school. Of course the guy was a slick con artist, but still, this is practically incredible.

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