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I feel very sorry for Mr. Kinsley because he seems to be so shattered by his ill health. I am grateful that I do not have Parkinson’s Disease. I certainly hope that sound treatment will be developed. In the meantime, why does he constantly out stumping for embryonic stem cell research even though adult stem cell research is so much more promising? Also, I wonder what sort of insulting diatribe he could formulate to refute the viewpoint of another man who opposes stem cell research — namely, Pope John Paul II, who is also a Parkinson’s sufferer.p>Thank you for another fine column, Mr. Neumayr. br> — Nora Peralta br> Lakewood, Ohio /p>
Wow. What a pathetic little narrow-minded bigot Michael Kinsley is. Unbelievable. The guy actually thinks that to believe in the humanity of the unborn, you must either be a “complete moron” or a “hardened cynic.” That makes him more ignorant than Bull Connor on blacks, PM Mahathir on Jews, and Charles Schumer on Christians put together. I could give examples of people with 100x his IQ who also manage to give a hoot about the unborn, but why bother? Clearly, a rusty trapdoor with the Blob sitting on it opens more easily than his mind.
As far as the disingenuous blather about how the real problem is GW’s “inconsistency,” I have had about enough of this argument, from any side. Obviously, GW is drawing the line where it is politically possible to draw it. If he tried to unilaterally ban IVF treatments, he would be written out of the human race by the media and make no progress at all on protecting the unborn. Ya’ start where you can start. You pick fights you can win. In this case he is up against the biotechnology industry and the most extreme(-ly ignorant) death-before-letting-an-unborn-human-live crowd. That’s a tough proposition, but not like picking a fight with the constituency for IVF treatment.
If Kinsley is not a complete moron (and I used to think he wasn’t until I read this ignorant load of bigoted propaganda), he is a hardened cynic, pretending not to understand that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step because he wants to prevent that single step from getting taken.
But, in any case, he is right that this shore ain’t the end. GW took the first step and established that we were not going to create a thriving industry in spare baby parts, or at least not charge headlong down that path at the rate Kinsley wants. Now we’ve taken the second step and established that the unborn at least have the right to be slaughtered humanely, or at least drowned in saline solution rather than vivisected. In both cases these steps could be made without directly affecting the constituency Kinsley represents so well: those for whom their unceasing, unflagging, unremitting self-indulgence is priority numero uno, coming well before the lives of anyone who gets in their way (it would be an “insult” to Kinsley, he says, to ask about those who have been carved up for spare parts in order to get the cure he wants).
It would be hard to make further progress without confronting this constituency to some degree. After all, even after the PBA ban, a Kinsleyite can say “well, even if I knock her up I can still get the baby dismembered earlier in the pregnancy, so a PBA ban is no big deal”. Start trying to ban earlier abortions and that gets harder.
So I recommend pushing for a ban on “optional feticide.” OK, maybe some aspiring spin doctor out there can come up with a better phrase. But what I mean is, quite a few abortions take place well after the point where the baby could be delivered alive. How about saying that in any case where the pregnancy could be “aborted” by delivering the baby alive, that option must be taken? Kinsley could still bonk all the hookers around his place without too much worry, as the hooker could just have the baby delivered and given to a loving family. She just couldn’t have her chopped up. Why should Kinsley care? Either way, he does not have to be “insulted” by being asked to give a hoot. There would be details to work out, like how to prevent people from abusing this privilege, but it beats the current system.
Similarly with IVF treatments. My guess is that there exist IVF treatments that do NOT lead to “surplus” human embryos. It cannot be beyond the powers of modern science to put one egg cell in the IVF chamber at a time. It probably has a lower success rate; oh well. I think a good politician could sell that as a reasonable price to pay for not conceiving huge masses of embryos who have hardly any hope of surviving to be born, with ghouls like Kinsley slobbering over the possibility of carving them up for spare parts. Then we get protection for the unborn without getting on the wrong side of the bumper sticker(“GW Wants Infertile Couples To Be Childless”).p>Ya know, I just might bookmark that Kinsley article for every time I am tempted to believe it when a liberal starts talking about how open-minded they are. Wow. WOW. Unbelievable. br> —
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