Analogies and Artifacts:
Can Embryonic Stem Cell Research be Morally Acceptable? (Part II)

[Note: This is the second part in an examination of the moral implications of using altered nuclear transfer as as a moral means of attaining embryonic stem cells for research. Part one can be found here.]
In order to determine the moral status of the biological artifact (BA) produced by altered nuclear transfer, we need to find an analogically similar entity with a matching “fact pattern”. If the BA is found to resemble an entity with a recognized moral status (i.e, the human embryo) then it is should also be worthy of such recognition. But if the BA is more akin to non-living matter (i.e., malignant tissue growth), then we should find no moral objections to using it as a means of acquiring embryonic stem cells.
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Tricky Dickey

John Kerry thinks you�re ignorant. He thinks that the average voter is so completely uninformed that he can make outlandish and ridiculous promises and many voters will simply nod in agreement. He is, of course, absolutely right. Most Americans are so completely uninterested in details that they will not even know when they are being duped.
Take, for example, Kerry�s recent promise to lift the partial ban put on embryonic stem cell research that President Bush initiated with an executive order three years ago:

This not the way we do things in America,” Kerry said in the Democrats’ weekly radio address. “Here in America we don’t sacrifice science for ideology. We are a land of discovery, a place where innovators and optimists are free to dream and explore.”
To those who pray each day for cures that are now beyond our reach,” he said, “I want you to know that help is on the way.”

The Democrats believe that with ESC research they have hit on lucrative �wedge issue� and have been pressing the theme since their recent convention. According to writer Timothy Noah, the speakers at the convention used the term stem-cell 20 times � twice the number of times that they used the term �unemployment� and ten times as often as they mentioned the phrase “woman’s right to choose.” Hillary Clinton, in a typical Clintonesque manner, even went so far as to claim that �We need to lift the ban on stem cell research�� even though there is no such ban.
But the Democratic leadership knows that most voters aren�t likely to bother learning the facts. Even otherwise smart people like Noah and Glenn Reynolds fall for the canard that Kerry passes off on ESC research. But it wouldn�t take much effort for them to discover that Kerry is lying. After all, the executive branch doesn�t control the ban on funding � that responsibility belongs to Congress.

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