Chuck Colson

Harvard?s medical research community is outraged that Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has dared to challenge its plans to create human embryos and then turn these tiny human beings into laboratory rats.

Romney spoke out the day after Robert Travaglini, president of the Massachusetts senate, introduced a bill that would allow Massachusetts to engage in both embryonic stem-cell research and so-called ?therapeutic? cloning, funded both by the state and private companies. Travaglini?s bill would also ban ?reproductive cloning,? which is a fancy way of saying that cloned embryos must be killed after their career as lab rats is over.

People who support such deadly?and highly profitable?research frame the debate as one of ?helping sick people,? and Travaglini was no exception. In support of his bill, he trotted out the mother of a little girl who suffered from chronic diabetes. The implication was that anyone who opposed embryonic stem-cell research and cloning was a heartless monster who didn?t care about suffering people. But Governor Romney, whose own wife suffers from multiple sclerosis, was having none of it.

?Respect for human life is a fundamental element of a civilized society,? Romney wrote in a letter to Travaglini. ?Lofty goals do not justify the creation of life for experimentation or destruction. My wife has M.S., and we would love for there to be a cure for her disease and for the diseases of others. But there is an ethical boundary that should not be crossed.? Good for the governor.

Romney is right. The pro-cloners have done their best, not only to frame the issue as one of ?helping the sick,? but also to hide the fact that they want to create thousands of healthy human embryos, experiment on them, and then kill them. Governor Romney called this bluff, as well. ?All the rhetoric has been, ?we are throwing away embryos?surplus embryos?that could be used for stem-cell research, and that makes no sense.? And now, now that I?ve said, ?Okay, I support that,? now [my opponents are saying], ?No, that?s insufficient. How could you possibly limit it to that?? Well, that?s what they?ve been asking for.?

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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