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Nagging question

The recent passing of former President Reagan has thrust the issue of stem cell research back into the headlines. Nancy Reagan has publicly requested that the Bush administration reconsider its position limiting the creation of new lines of stem cells.

All of the political and ethical positioning leaves me with one nagging question. On one hand, George Bush is opposed to the creation of new stem cells because they would require destroying embryos, yet on the other hand he is willing to send young soldiers to die in Iraq. Why is it wrong to destroy life in hopes of saving millions suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons and diabetes, but it is good to destroy life to promote a political ideology in other parts of the world?

Mark Schaefer



Penn Valley


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