Saturday, October 01, 2005

Obfuscating the obvious

Every now and then, you find an especially egregious example of someone taking an obvious fact and trying to make it less so. Here is the award winner for the week:
'When you call an embryo a living person, which is what they are doing, you get people off track.'

Telling people the plain biological facts gets them off track?

Well, maybe it gets them off of the track of approving funding for research that destroys those tiny living persons.

If you are going to appeal to science, then you must accept what science says. And science says, plain and simple, that a human embryo is a unique, living human organism. Organism, say tomato, I say tah-mah-to....

Oh, and the wording of the amendments?

Here is the pro-funding side:
This amendment appropriates $20 million annually for 10 fiscal years for grants by the Department of Health to Florida nonprofit institutions to conduct embryonic stem cell research using, or using derivatives of, human embryos that, before or after formation, have been donated to medicine under donor instructions forbidding intrauterine embryo transfer. An embryo is "donated to medicine" only if given without receipt of consideration other than cost of reimbursement and compensation for recovery of donated cells.

Here is our side:
No revenue of the state shall be spent on experimentation that involves the destruction of a live human embryo.

Brevity is the soul of wit...and in this instance, truth too.