October 12, 2004

Miracle Worker

Apparently there is absolutely nothing that is beneath the dignity of the Kerry campaign...

...not the vicious lie that one million black Florida voters had their votes stolen in 2000...

...not the baseless lie that the Bush administration plans to reinstitute a military draft...

...not the outright false claim that the Bush administration "banned" embryonic stem-cell research.

And now, not the cynical exploitation of the death of Christopher Reeve in an attempt to perpetuate that last lie...

Here's John Edwards, from his speech in Newton, Iowa: (via Drudge Report)

"Well, if we can do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again."

This is truly despicable.

UPDATE 10/12: Brain Shavings reacts, having done more than a little research on the topic:

I expect reporters and even editors to fall for hype now and then, but politicians running for president have science advisors whose job it is to keep their guy from saying stupid and dishonest things. The facts are not in doubt:

1. There is no ban on stem cell research. The only restriction is on federal funding of research on stem cells derived from embryos destroyed after August 9, 2001.
2. Embryonic stem cell research derived from destroyed embryos is morally repugnant, especially since those cells are obtainable from umbilical cords and placentas.
3. Embryonic stem cells hold less scientific promise than stem cells from adult sources.

John Kerry and John Edwards need to fire their advisors and apologize for a shameless lie that cruelly gives false hope to people with spinal cord injuries.

And read Tigerhawk's post for a different perspective.

Before Edwards' shameless pandering today, Leon Kass, chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics, had a piece in the Washington Post called "Playing Politics With the Sick", that's worth a look.

From 9/24/04, this piece from Edward Morrissey on the so-called "ban", which appeared in the N.Y. Sun. Lots of good technical information for the scientifically ignorant bozo like me.

UPDATE 10/13: A related proposal being debated in California is troubling for lots of reasons. Wesley J. Smith is on it.

Some other good articles by Wesley J. Smith can be found here , here , and here.

Posted by dan at October 12, 2004 4:13 PM