Michigan Proposition 2

Tomorrow in Michigan we vote on Proposition 2, a proposed state constitutional amendment to permit research on human embryonic stem cells. Of course it goes without question that I will be voting for this proposal. Let me tell you why.

The exact, unedited, unaltered ballot wording of Prop 2 is as clear as crystal:

PROPOSAL 08-2

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ADDRESS HUMAN EMBRYO AND HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH IN MICHIGAN

The proposed constitutional amendment would:

  • Expand use of human embryos for any research permitted under federal law subject to the following limits: the embryos –

– are created for fertility treatment purposes;

– are not suitable for implantation or are in excess of clinical needs;

– would be discarded unless used for research;

– were donated by the person seeking fertility treatment.

  • Provide that stem cells cannot be taken from human embryos more than 14 days after cell division begins.
  • Prohibit any person from selling or purchasing human embryos for stem cell research.
  • Prohibit state and local laws that prevent, restrict or discourage stem cell research, future therapies and cures.

Okay. In case there are some right-to-life morons out there who cannot understand the English language, I want to translate. Proposition 2 allows the use of human embryos in experimental research that will destroy those embryos. By itself, that is enough to get the true believer pro-life fascists very close to a cardiac infarction. Unfortunately, it probably won’t take them all the way there.

Now that we’ve dispensed with the gory details, I’d like to do something that most pro-lifers are too childish and ignorant to imagine… examining the fine details. Prop 2 specifically states that human embryos cannot be used for research in Michigan unless they: 1) were created for fertility treatments in the first place, 2) are for some technical reason unfit for implantation in a woman, 3) would be thrown away otherwise, and 4) were specifically donated by the patient from which they were sourced.

Let’s review. Prop 2 specifically requires that all of the above requirements be met before a human embryo can be used for stem cell research. In case that is insufficient protection from the evil biologists of Michigan trying to cultivate a race of genetically altered super-soldiers, Prop 2 also requires that no embryo older than 14 days (insuring it is a mindless clump of cells), and prohibits buying and selling of embryos entirely. Prop 2 also makes sure to prohibit any future laws from state idiots seeking to ban stem cell research in general. This is doubtless a preventive measure to stop future superstitious halfwits from blocking cancer cures because of Bronze Age taboos.

In the last month there have been a number of TV commercials about Prop 2 in Michigan. Predictably, because the pro-stupidity faction doesn’t have the intellectual honesty to tell Michiganders why they really hate Prop 2, commercials opposing the proposition lie. Specifically, commercials have been telling Michiganders that Prop 2 will raise their taxes. I defy anyone on the face of the Earth to show me where taxes or public funds are mentioned – in any way – the text of Prop 2.

The opponents of Prop 2 lie because they know the truth would scare the crap out of us. The truth is that they hate Prop 2 because it uses microscopic clumps of brainless cells that they think contain magical powers. According to pro-lifers, human embryos differ from the embryos of chimpanzees, raccoons or hagfish in that they contain a magical spirit. That’s right, a magical little faerie ghost lives in every embryo. Never mind that a 13-day embryo has neither nerves, nor a brain, nor a digestive system, nor fingerprints. According to pro-life morons, none of those key features is important. So long as an embryo is that of Homo sapiens sapiens, it has eldritch powers that no man dare tamper with.

Sorry, Bronze-Agers, no dice. Whether Prop 2 passes or not, stem cell research will continue. If not in Michigan, somewhere else. Stem cell research uses human larval clumps that would be thrown out anyway, and it uses them to try and find cures to horrific, monstrous diseases. The “pro-lifers” don’t care about that. They don’t care about human suffering, or poverty, or wasting diseases that afflict helpless children, because they believe in magic. They believe in mystic souls, and they believe a few micrograms of tissue can contain tiny faeries. They’re willing to sacrifice the lives of untold real, actually living children to further their goal of forcing their prehistoric superstitions down the throats of everyone else. They are monstrous.

I will be voting for Prop 2. I don’t believe in magic. I believe that suffering is always bad, and should always be prevented. By any means necessary.

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~ by Planetologist on November 3, 2008.

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