Nowhere does the divide between left and right show more starkly than in policies about killing the innocent. Leftist liberals, who are the most supportive of Darwinism, seem to have no problem with tinkering with human life to the point of killing it.
1. Stem cell case denied: The 3-year long effort by James Sherley and Theresa Deisher to stop federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (2/13/2011) came to an end this week when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case, leaving intact a lower court’s decision to permit it (4/30/2011). Sherley and Deisher based their lawsuit on federal policy that denies funding for killing human embryos. The lawsuit wavered back and forth in the courts, including one decision by Judge Lamberth in 2010 that “shocked” the science community by shutting down hESC funding (but only for 17 days until another court stayed the injunction, 9/26/2010). That was followed by an appeals court ruling in favor of the defendants in August 2012.
The Supreme Court’s action permits federal funding for research on human embryos to continue unabated. According to a newsletter from Family Research Council (item #2), “it’s very likely that a great deal more human embryos will be destroyed in this research now.” What’s notable is the reaction of the leading pro-Darwin journals. Science Magazine touted it as “a victory for scientists, patients, and the entire biomedical research community.” Nature quoted one researcher saying, “What a great day for science,” noting also that NIH director Francis Collins (a nominal Christian in favor of Darwinism and opposed to intelligent design) was “very pleased”. The plaintiffs’ consolation is that during the interim more researchers turned to research on adult stem cells that do not raise ethical issues (5/23/2011).
2. Planned unParenthood: It’s undeniable that Democrats, liberals and the current administration are predominantly “pro-choice” (pro-abortion) while their opponents are predominantly pro-life (anti-abortion). It’s also undeniable that Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion provider in the U.S., rooted strongly for Obama. Voters might remember efforts in the last two years to de-fund Planned Parenthood, led by conservative Congressman and governors in line with the pro-life majority of the country, that were attacked by liberals who claimed it would deny essential health services to women. Now the truth comes out.