I agree with Romney?and I applaud his courage. At the same time, I?m sorry that he doesn?t entirely support the pro-life agenda. His qualifications stem, I believe, from his Mormon faith. Mormon theology leads Mormons to believe that embryos are not alive until they are implanted on the wall of the uterus?an utterly unscientific view, by the way. Gov. Romney?s approach reminds us that, while Mormons share some beliefs with Christians, they are not Christians; they rely, not on the authority of the Bible alone, but also on Joseph Smith. I respect Mormons, work with them, and consider them co-belligerents in many causes. But we can?t gloss over our fundamental differences.
Nevertheless, Romney?s view is a breath of fresh air coming as it does from the liberal Bay State. The dust-up there is a reminder of the stakes in this debate. We must work and pray that the eyes of Americans would be opened to the reality of embryonic stem-cell research?research that destroys innocent human life.
Harvard notwithstanding, human beings in the embryonic stage are not lab rats. They are humans made in God?s image.
For further reading and information:
Today?s BreakPoint offer: To gain a better understanding of bioethics issues, like cloning, stem-cell research, gene therapy, abortion, and more, read Human Dignity in the Biotech Century: A Christian Vision for Public Policy.
?Mass. Governor Expresses Concerns over Stem Cell Research,? Wall Street Journal, 10 February 2005.
Scot Lehigh, ?Romney?s stem cell power plays,? Boston Globe, 18 February 2005.
Scott S. Greenberger and Frank Phillips, ?Romney draws fire on stem cells,? Boston Globe, 11 February 2005.
Pam Belluck, ?Massachusetts Governor Opposes Stem Cell Work,? New York Times, 10 February 2005. (Reprinted at Freerepublic.com.)
Pam Belluck, ?Massachusetts Democrats Object to Stem Cell Research Ban,? New York Times, 11 February 2005. (Reprinted at Christianaction.org.)
Dean Barnett, ?Mitt Romney vs. the Boys from Boston,? Weekly Standard, 17 February 2005.
Read this ?BreakPoint This Week? conversation with disabilities advocate Joni Eareckson Tada.
Learn more about biotechnology and bioethics at the Council for Biotechnology Policy website.