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Jason Pontin

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George Bush's Certainty

I didn’t expect President Bush to weigh in so quickly on therapeutic cloning. The very same day as the Korean researchers announced their remarkable breakthrough, the President promised to veto a House bill which would expand federal funding for stem…

  • May 21, 2005

I didn’t expect President Bush to weigh in so quickly on therapeutic cloning. The very same day as the Korean researchers announced their remarkable breakthrough, the President promised to veto a House bill which would expand federal funding for stem cell studies: “I made it very clear to Congress that the use of… taxpayer’s money, to promote science which destroys life in order to save life, is–I’m against that.” And directly commenting on the Korean discovery, he added, “I’m very concerned about cloning. I worry about a world where cloning is acceptable.” I admire the man for his moral clarity (he knows where he stands); but I also think he’s quite wrong.

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