Monday, March 09, 2009

Obama Culture of Death Update™: President Lifts Ban on Federal ESCR Funding

Not that this comes as a surprise:

(CNN) -- As President Obama reversed the Bush administration's limits on embryonic stem-cell research, he said scientific decisions must be "based on facts, not ideology."

President Obama lifted a ban that limited federally funded embryonic stem cell research.

The president on Monday signaled a clear shift in tone from the Bush administration on a broad range of scientific issues.

Obama overturned an order signed by President Bush in 2001 that barred the National Institutes of Health from funding research on embryonic stem cells beyond using 60 cell lines that existed at that time.

Bush twice vetoed legislation that would have expanded federally funded embryonic stem cell research. Those siding with Bush say scientific advances allow researchers to conduct groundbreaking research without destroying human embryos...

[More from CNN]
My Comments:
You know, this morning I almost made a prediction before the ban was actually lifted as to how some of the usual suspects would react. However, I changed my mind, as I thought it somewhat uncharitable to speculate as to how those with whom I disagree politically MIGHT react.

In retrospect, I should've just gone ahead with my post. Here's what I would've said:

And this is what I expect to hear in response to Obama's decision to lift the ESCR funding ban:

From Prof. Kmiec:
In the words of Dale Price, a "logic-impaired essay justifying the decision".

From Obamaphiles like Morning's Minion:
[sound of crickets chirping]

No, actually, I expect a short perfunctory statement of disagreement with the decision, followed by a long diatribe on how the Republicans are actually worse, and how they've allowed Calvinist-inspired theology to infect everything from tax and spending policy to our relations with Israel and the Middle East.

From those who are not necessarily Obamaphiles (at least they won't admit it), but who are loathe to criticize him or any other Democrat for fear that the GOP might look better by comparison (they won't):
A statement of how this isn't really Obama's policy but is merely an extension of President Bush's ESCR policy; they will try to make Bush's allowance of a paltry amount of funding for stem lines ALREADY in existence [to which I strongly objected] the moral equivalent of President Obama's actions today, despite the fact that Bush banned federal funding for the destruction of additional embryos and - at great political cost to himself - twice vetoed legislation that would have provided said funding.
Well, I'm quite sure that Prof. Kmiec will very soon oblige us with his vomit-inducing apologetics on behalf of the Administration's new policy. But, in the meantime, the other folks have not failed to disappoint. Examples here and here.

Damn, I wish I'd gone ahead and posted that this morning! I'd have looked quite prescient at this point. That's what I get for giving people the benefit of the doubt.

This Obama Culture of Death Update™ has been brought to you by Prof. Douglas Kmiec, Eric McFadden, all the fine folks at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good / Catholics United / Catholic Democrats, and countless other Catholics for whom "Hope" and "Change" trumped LIFE.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Obama Culture of Death Update™: Obama Nominee for Deputy Sec. of State Says Taxpayers Constitutionally Obligated to Fund Abortion

Moral Accountability . com

Obama Culture of Death Update™: Abortion Necessary to "Ensure Our Daughters Have the Same Rights and Opportunities As Our Sons"

Obama Culture of Death Update™: "White House Web Site Becomes Pro-Abortion After Obama Takeover"

Obama Culture of Death Update™: Among President Obama's First Official Acts is Promoting Abortion Abroad [UPDATED]

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At 3/10/2009 7:39 AM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

I'm all for giving people the benefit of the doubt, Jay, but you can't give someone the benefit of what doesn't exist.

These people voted for Obama because they agreed with him. If he does something they don't like, they'll let him know. This wasn't it.

At 3/10/2009 8:33 AM, Blogger DP said...

Q: What's the difference between a pro-life Catholic Obama supporter and a pro-abortion Catholic Obama supporter?

A: No idea.

BTW, thanks for the hat-tip.

At 3/10/2009 10:48 PM, Blogger Catholic Mom said...

This executive order did more than just expand funding for embryonic stem cell research. The last sentence rescinded Present Bush's executive order that encouraged federal funding of moral alternatives to embryonic stem cell research. You can read the Catholic Medical Association statement here


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