Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Questions to ask your legislator...

George Weigel provides a good list of questions to ask your representative in Summer Civics and Stem Cells

On May 24, the U.S. House of Representatives accelerated America’s descent into Huxley’s brave new world by voting to provide Federal funding for embryo-destructive stem cell research. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had made clear that this issue involved fundamental issues of justice; yet seventy-three Catholics – 57% of the Catholics in the House – voted to spend taxpayer dollars to destroy human life for research purposes.

Now whether you are Catholic or not, the following questions deserve answers. So, write a nice letter to your congressman (or congresswoman) if he was among those who supported HB 810.
1) Why did you support legislation that, for the first time in American history, requires the Federal government to promote and support the destruction of innocent human life? (If the solon in question says that it’s impossible to recognize the humanity in these tiny embryos, remind him or her that that’s exactly what he or she looked like at that stage of life.)

2) Why did you vote for a bill that tramples on the moral convictions of the majority of the American people who do not favor embryo-destructive stem cell research?

3) Why did you vote for a bill that deflects scientists’ attention from forms of stem cell research that have already shown great promise, or may show such promise in the future? Were you aware that, to date, not a single therapeutic application has been derived from embryonic stem cell research, while miracles of biblical proportion – the blind recovering their sight, the lame walking – are being performed with therapies using adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cords?

4) Why did you vote for H.R. 810 when the President’s Council on Bioethics reports that there may be ways to create the kind of "pluripotent" stem cells sought by scientists without destroying embryos in the process?

5) Why did you vote for embryo-destructive stem cell research while knowing that this practice will strengthen pressures for cloning, against which the United States has no federal legal barrier today? (And if you didn’t know this, why didn’t you?)