Speaking to the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast this morning, President Bush noted that scientific discoveries now mean adult stem cells will do -- and that we won't have to destroy human life.
Here's the quote:
Last November, scientists discovered a way to reprogram adult skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells. This is a significant breakthrough, because science -- scientists have found a path that can lead beyond the divisive debates of the past -- and extend the healing potential of medicine without destroying human life. (Applause.)
Bush's comments drew a standing ovation -- and John McCain -- who was seated in the front row -- was among the applauders.
This is interesting, inasmuch as McCain -- who has always had a solid anti-abortion record -- has nevertheless supported federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
This makes me wonder: If the issue were still on the table, would it have undermined McCain's argument that he was the most Pro-Life candidate running?
And has science rid us of a divisive political issue?