Gerson, in his WP column today
There is a common thread running through President Obama’s pro-choice agenda: the coercion of those who disagree with it.
…Now, taxpayers are likely to fund not only research on the “spare” embryos from in vitro fertilization but also on human lives produced and ended for the sole purpose of scientific exploitation. Biotechnicians have been freed from the vulgar moralism of the masses, so they can operate according to the vulgar utilitarianism of their own social clique — the belief that some human lives can be planted, plucked and processed for the benefit of others.
Right, Michael. Except you’ve got it backwards. Those masses with their vulgar moralism don’t happen to believe what you just suggested they believe. How hard would it have been for you to actually look it up or speak honestly?
When CBS News first asked about medical research using embryonic stem cells in 2004, 50 percent approved of the idea. Support for it has been on the rise since then with 56 percent approving in 2005 and 59 percent in 2006.
However, it should be noted that a recent Gallup poll comes at the question a different way — specifically asking about the issue of government-funded research. In a poll last month, 52 percent said they support fewer or no restrictions on federally-funded research and 41 percent they support keeping the same restrictions or not funding the research at all. Those figures were a dip from a 2007 Gallup poll in which 60 percent of Americans said they supported fewer or no restrictions on federally-funded research.