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The Democrats' New Litmus Test

Wesley J. Smith

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Tom Vilsack is running for president--and toward human cloning.

THREE YEARS AGO, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack signed a law banning all human cloning (both for research and for reproduction). But he has just shifted his position 180 degrees, calling upon the state's legislature to legalize human cloning for biomedical research. But rather than just admit he was wrong to sign the original bill, he has instead lied about the current state of human cloning science (somatic cell nuclear transfer), and then bootstrapped this own false assertion as justification for his change of heart.

This is what Vilsack's said in his 2006 state-of-the-state address to rationalize his altered political position:

A strong community embraces change. New discoveries require new approaches. One area that calls for a new approach is the area of medical research. Several years ago we limited medical research involving nuclear cell transplants [cloning] at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. At the time we never dreamt that new treatments dependent upon such transplants would be developed so quickly. Well, they have been, and as a result we should revisit our ban on nuclear cell transplants. We should remove the restrictions and allow life saving treatments to be administered to Iowans here in Iowa rather than forcing them to leave our state. A strong community would never do otherwise. [emphasis added]

This is worse than baloney: There have been zero "new treatments" for humans developed using "nuclear cell transplants" since Vilsack signed Iowa's cloning ban. None. Zip. Zilch.

Read the entire article on the Weekly Standard website (new window will open).

Posted: 27-Jan-06



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