Torture, Stem Cells, and Scruples

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March 10 2009 8:35 AM

Torture, Stem Cells, and Scruples

The same Bush-Rove tactics are being used today in the stem-cell fight. But they're not coming from the right. They're coming from the left. Proponents of embryo research are insisting that because we're in a life-and-death struggle—in this case, a scientific struggle—anyone who impedes that struggle by renouncing effective tools is irrational and irresponsible. The war on disease is like the war on terror: Either you're with science, or you're against it.

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.