Frist to Back Embryonic Stem Cell Research
From Fox News:
WASHINGTON — Breaking with President Bush, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (search) said Friday he now supports legislation to remove some of the administration's limitations on embryonic stem cell research.My Comments:
Frist, an abortion opponent who just last month said he did not support expanding federal financing of research on embryos (search), said his decision was consistent with both his experience as a physician and his anti-abortion stance.
Bush has threatened to veto legislation for expanded financial support for stem cell research (search). A bill to finance more stem cell research has passed the House, but has been stalled in the Senate. Frist's support could push it closer to passage and set up a confrontation with Bush.
Interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America," Frist said his decision was based on policy, not politics.
To many abortion opponents, the two views seem to conflict. Frist says they do not.
"I give huge moral significance to the human embryo, it is nascent human life, what that means is as we advance science, we treat that embryo with dignity, with respect," Frist said.
Frist said additional stem cells should be used, so long as there was a careful process of informed consent in which the parents had decided that the embryos should be discarded, not adopted or frozen.
Bye-bye, Bill. I guess you've given up your presidential ambitions.
Can someone please tell me again why pro-lifers should keep supporting the Republican Party? I know that we should avoid the Democrat Party (aka the Party of Death) like the plague. But why should we continue to devote our time, money, and efforts in the front lines of Republican electoral politics?