Friday, August 05, 2005

U.S. Bishops show their spine!

Via Wired Catholic comes this story from The Church in the US won't back down on ESCR restrictions. Even if Senator Frist has collected his 30 pieces of silver:
The head of the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee has encouraged President George W. Bush to veto any legislation that would loosen restrictions on federally funded human embryonic stem-cell research.

The statement was issued by Baltimore Cardinal William H. Keeler, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, after Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., modified his stand to back legislation that would relax restrictions.
The cardinal's statement was issued in Washington by the U.S. bishops' Department of Communications hours after Frist, who previously agreed with Bush's restrictions, said in a Senate speech that the Bush policy was hindering research that could lead to cures for a number of diseases.

Cardinal Keeler also strongly criticized Frist, an opponent of legalized abortion, saying the senator's stem-cell position "is not 'pro-life.'"

The cardinal reiterated the Catholic stand that current human embryonic stem-cell research is immoral because the embryos must be destroyed to extract the cells.

"Especially disturbing is the senator's insistence that human embryos unwanted by their own parents are owed 'the same dignity and respect' as children and adults, but may nevertheless be killed for research material," said Cardinal Keeler. "Such destruction of human life, even out of a desire to help others, rests on a utilitarian view that undermines human dignity and human respect.

"Sen. Frist also repeated claims that are untrue or misleading about the unique 'promise' of embryonic stem cells; no one even knows whether they will ever provide a safe and reliable treatment for the conditions already being treated using adult stem cells."
How Foolish of the Bishops! Excellent! Would that the Reasonable MSM had the integrity to actually publish this story.

A word to all those Reasonable supporters of baby-killing research:

ASCR is where the money is.

ASCR is from where the treatments derive.

ASCR is where the morality is.

Give up the play-God Agenda and start saving people's lives already! What do you need? A piano to fall on your head?