Skip to comments.Rick Santorum Criticizes Bill Frist on Stem Cells
Posted on 07/31/2005 8:14:50 AM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., criticized Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Sunday for dropping his opposition to increased federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, saying the science has "questionable value."
"I disagree with Sen. Frist," Santorum told ABC's "This Week." "I think that you cannot take a utilitarian approach to human life - and this is an innocent human life. You're destroying this human life for the purpose of research that has questionable value."
Santorum said that the promise of embryonic stem cell research had been vastly overstated, explaining, "There's all sorts of information out there that this is research that very well may not ever end up to be helpful therapeutically."
The Pennsylvania Republican said he was especially disappointed over the Frist move because the two had been working on other, less controversial proposals.
"We've seen over the last six months a whole bunch of scientific theories come forward as to how to get embryonic stem cells without destroying a human embryo," Santorum explained.
"I've been working on a bill with Sen. Frist . . . to try to put forward a funding proposal for the [National Institutes of Health] to look at alternative ways to get these embryonic stem cells, without creating a human embryo and without killing that embryo to get the cells."
"There's four or five different technologies that are potentially viable to get these cells," Santorum said, adding, "I don't think we need to go down this path."
Smart move on Rick's part!
Someone needs to place a baseball bat to the side of "Dr" Frist's head!
5,4,3,2,1 countdown for the Santorum haters to show up and say he is a quisling, traitor, et al.
Frist would be better if he returned to medicine rather than continuing as such an embarrassment as he tries to be a Senate leader.
Repeat after me: Federal acceptance of embryonic research will result in baby farming.
(Cue in the Ignorant Masses: "B-b-b-but that would NEVER happen!")
Rick is wrong.
If they're going to mandate the cannibalization of babies for spare parts, they should mandate that all Congress Critters have stem cells applied to where their spines ought to be in the hopes of deterring further catastrophic legislation like this energy piece of crap the President will be signing sometime next week.
Frist is not a leader of anything.
Yet he campaigned for Specter.
He had to. You don't stab your fellow party man in the back. It will be for the greater good. An unlected Rick Santorum is not preferable to an elected Bob Casey.
Frist has never been comfortable with Bush's position on embryonic stem cell research. However, he really went about this the wrong way. Apparently, he sent a letter to the NY TIMES stating his new position before informing the President. That certainly doesn't win him any friends at the White House. You gotta wonder what was going through his mind.
Instead by campaigning for Spector, Rick stabbed his fellow conservative, Toomey in the back.
Guess whose proposing a bill to back Federally Funded embryonic stem cell research????? Spector.
Just as Rick lost his chance for the presidency when he campaigned for Spector over Toomey, Frist lost his chance for the presidency, with his latest move to support Federally Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research.
I think that Frist is right in trying Stem Cell Research.
We should try to help those with illnesses that are incurable now, while we can. Why wait until they are like Terri Schivo, and let our government kill them and considering them to be worthless and worthy of death?
This is the greater sin, killing a live person.
Not even one member of the Supreme Court tried to help Terri
Shiavo, while she was being starved to death and being dehydrated. Talk is so cheap!
Who was Bush supporting?
Furthermore, even if that were NOT the case, the ENDS do not justify the means. Society cannot resort to immoral means to achieve a good result. Such strategy ALWAYS ends in disaster.
Bush is not the subject of this article, Santorum is.
Please, allow me to make these even easier to understand.
Why would Sen Santorum be better positioned to run for the oval office if he had not supported his president ((who backed Spector)) and elected instead to endorse Toomey?
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