Joe Biden gave a talk a couple of days ago where he revealed the real hopes of Democrats for Embryonic Stem Cell research. Here is his quote:
“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there’s joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don’t you support stem cell research?”
Biden received a thunderous ovation when he made the remark at a town hall style meeting this morning in Columbia.
First of all, the Republicans do support stem cell research and always have, they just don’t support embryonic stem cell research, which involves creating a new embryo and pulling it apart into disorganized embryonic cells, which keeps it from potentially being born. Adult stem cell research (where pluripotent stem cells are created directly from skin cells or marrow cells, and no new embryo is created) has already produced treatments and made great progress, and Republicans support it fully.
So why do Democrats still give a thunderous ovation for embryonic stem cell research? Well, there’s a big clue when Biden talks about birth defects, and suggests that “if you care about it…support stem cell research.” The insistence on embryonic research can only mean one thing: they ultimately aspire to do genetic intervention to “fix” birth defects in the embryo, before they are born.
There are far too many people who like the idea of designer babies to dismiss that thunderous ovation as being just for therapies and treatments. That applause was for genetic intervention, designer babies and avoiding having Downs syndrome babies in the first place. In the context of “the difficulty of raising a child with a developmental disability”
(note his need to remind the crowd that there could be joy in raising an imperfect baby, lest they boo), it’s clear the Democrats are calling for Designer Babies and genetic intervention.
The Republican platform, on the other hand, calls for a ban on Cloning and experimentation on embryos (not sure what their definition of cloning is, hopefully it would be a blanket ban on all conceptions that do not combine sperm of a man and an egg of a woman, like Missouri’s ban).
The Democrats call for embryonic and genetic research and reproductive freedom. The Democrats insist on same-sex conception being legal. On BMG, they even refuse to condemn Will Saletan’s incredible call for genetic intervention to raise IQ’s of Nigerian babies. Are they out of their minds?
A vote for Obama and the Democrats is a vote for Gattaca. For government regulated, state funded eugenics and same-sex conception, coercive genetic intervention, and the loss of basic human rights to have a natural child.
(Here is a good Red State diary about this that contains some more info and links to the GOP platform)