More on Johnson's Anti-Stem Cell Research Extremism
In case you thought Johnson's position was somehow just mainstream conservative politics, consider yesterday's statements by Dr. Bill Frist, the firmly pro-life Senate Republican leader:
"While human embryonic stem cell research is still at a very early stage, the limitations put in place in 2001 will, over time, slow our ability to bring potential new treatments for certain diseases," Mr. Frist says, according to a text of the speech provided by his office Thursday evening. "Therefore, I believe the president's policy should be modified." (Emphasis added.)A lot of people would like to see pro-life and pro-choice politicians finding common ground. I cannot think of a better place to do so than stem-cell research, which offers the promise of saving and improving many lives. I am pleased that Dr. Frist has sought this common ground, and disappointed that Mr. Johnson has chosen to align himself with the most extreme ideologues at the expense of the health of his constituents.