71 won't outlaw research
20 October 2004 - Palm Springs Desert Sun
William Spanks has swallowed the same line millions of others already
have - that Prop. 71 is necessary. Most of what the supporters of
this initiative would have us believe is false.
Prop. 71 does is cost California $6 billion (that we already don't
have) to fund more research that is better and more efficiently
done in the private sector. It does not prohibit Mr. Spanks' hypothetical
couple from donating their own frozen embryos for research, and
it does not prohibit the continuation of embryonic stem cell research
- though it would prohibit funding from the more mature and promising
adult stem cell research.
me restate that - Prop. 71's defeat will not cease, prohibit or
criminalize embryonic stem cell research, no matter what its supporters'
cries of anguish would lead you to believe. It would live on and
thrive in the private sector where it belongs. Don't let the posturing
of the presidential candidates on this issue confuse you on this
71's defeat would keep California from falling even deeper in debt,
right at the time when we need to keep the ship of state from capsizing
under its own massive weight.