With Stem Cell Decision, Obama Seeks to “ease human suffering”—and Nancy Reagan Praises Him for It

So says Politico today:

Obama called the debate “a false choice between sound science and moral values,” adding: “In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering.”

Obama directed the National Institutes of Health to set new research guidelines within 120 days.

Some Republicans — most notably Nancy Reagan — agree with him.

“I’m very grateful that President Obama has lifted the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research,” the former first lady said in a statement. “These new rules will now make it possible for scientists to move forward.”

Some on the religious right are making the Dr. Mengele comparison, but the difference between Obama and the Nazis is an obvious one: The Nazis were seeking to perfect the “Aryan race”—and Obama is seeking to alleviate human suffering.

Human suffering was not in the “equation” of Nazi doctors. It was a matter of indifference to them. With Obama, and the American medical researchers now free to engage in this research, alleviating human suffering is the point.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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4 Responses to With Stem Cell Decision, Obama Seeks to “ease human suffering”—and Nancy Reagan Praises Him for It

  1. tanveer says:

    Yes, it is nice effort to ease human sufferings.

    How this is?

  2. tanveer says:

    Although,

    This is nice effort. And history tells us that whenever something big has happened, man used it first for bad purposes.

  3. unclesmrgol says:

    Before you go too far along this line, remember that all that was done to the Jews was first enabled by philosophizing them into less than human beings. The same thing is being done by Mr. Obama — the individuals he is allowing to be converted into “cell lines” are officially not-human, the better to aid the rest of us, just as by ridding Germany of the Jews, Germany would be a better place.

    When you think “cell lines”, think also “human skin lampshades”, and you’ll get the idea.

  4. santitafarella says:

    Uncle:

    A small group of individual cells, though capable of becoming a sentient human being, are not.

    By your logic, every month a woman allows her egg to go unfertilized or a man masturbates, a potential human being is lost that need not have been (for it could have been prevented, and some of those cells could have been turned into a human being). In other words, why aren’t you promoting a movement that makes it shameful for a nonpregnant woman to not attempt to get pregnant each and every month (for a potential human life is at stake every period cycle)? And why aren’t you likening male masturbation to the Holocaust and putting masturbators on trial for crimes against humanity?

    The reality is that human beings control their reproductive cells for all sorts of reasons (including convenience, timing, and pleasure). We don’t liken their disposal as akin to Nazi atrocities.

    —Santi

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