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  •  But what we see time and again (none)
    is that the people who will make laws with which you and/or I disagree controlling our access to medical treatments easily grant themselves exemptions when they are in need.  Marginally relevant, but still relevant, is the image of that poor Lee Atwater on his death bed regretting how he had used his brilliance to make his country a worse place . . .

    You are free to decline IVF if you so choose - my experience is that about 50% of people with your conscience will actually 'walk the walk' when a need arises.  Just please don't legislate your whims for me, okay?

    when your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail

    by Clem Yeobright on Thu May 19, 2005 at 05:10:18 PM PDT

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    •  Hypocrisy (none)
      It is a common debating technique to accuse one's opponents of hypocrisy, but I think it is also one of the weakest ones. What if people who oppose stem cell research really would refuse treatments for their dying children if such treatments came from modes of research they thought were unethical? Would that make the case for stem cell research any weaker? I don't think so. It doesn't matter what % of people who claim that position could actually "walk the walk." The issue is whether it is moral to create human embryos for research purposes, not whether everyone on one side of the debate has ideals they find impossible to live up to.

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