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Oct 28th 2006

Michael Steele: Supports Stem Cell Research

Here in Maryland the Democratic candidate for Senate is running ads with Michael J. Fox against GOP candidate Michael Steele.

Well, Steele just released an ad in response. It. is. great. [dead link removed]

2 Responses to “Michael Steele: Supports Stem Cell Research”

  1. katie

    Do Steele, President Bush, and other Republicans only support stem cell research to a certain point? Is there any difference between Cardin’s stance on this subject and Steele’s?

  2. doug

    Do Steele, President Bush, and other Republicans only support stem cell research to a certain point?

    Republicans aren’t wedded to the ideology of abortion-on-demand, so there isn’t really only one “Republican position” on the issue of embryonic stem cell research.

    Is there any difference between Cardin’s stance on this subject and Steele’s?

    Yes. Steele doesn’t support everything that Cardin does. Cardin supports stem cell research that destroys the embryo. Steele does not.

    In Cardin’s ad, Michael J. Fox won’t even mention the word “embryonic”…it isn’t hard to figure out why.

    I actually disagree with Steele on this, I think that embryonic stem cell research is ethical, with certain restrictions (for example, using embryos that would be already be discarded after IVF, not paying donors, etc).

    But there may be wisdom in not starting down the path at all. The “stem cell research” amendment that is up for a vote in Missouri right now would actually legalize human cloning. So, stem cell research is a slope that gets slippery pretty quick.