Skip to comments.Obama chief : Embryos are 'just a handful of cells'
Posted on 09/14/2009 6:58:54 PM PDT by RobinMasters
TEL AVIV There is no moral concern regarding cloning human beings since human embryos, which develop into a baby, are "only a handful of cells," argued President Obama's newly confirmed regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein.
"If scientists will be using and cloning embryos only at a very early stage when they are just a handful of cells (say, before they are four days old), there is no good reason for a ban (on cloning)," wrote Sunstein, who was confirmed by the Senate last week as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
"It is silly to think that 'potential' is enough for moral concern. Sperm cells have 'potential' and (not to put too fine a point on it) most people are not especially solicitous about them," Sunstein wrote in a review of the 2003 book "Our Posthuman Future" by Francis Fukuyama.
Sunstein's comparison is not firm, however, as sperm cells, unlike embryos, do not have the potential to develop into life on their own.
Sunstein, nevertheless, expounded on his attitude toward human cloning in a 2002 paper for the Harvard Law Review, "Is there a constitutional right to clone?"
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...with their OWN DNA that makes them unique human beings, unlike unwanted tissue the mother might be carrying!
Very similar to what's between most Democrat's ears.
When I was shopping for political books I seen a couple of his books. I thought about buying one to read for myself, but I was afraid I would have to go though an exorcism when done reading it, plus I did not want to give a penny to a crazy evil liberal.
"A Handful of Cells?"
This should be titled: Cass Sunstein—Musings of a Drug-Damaged Liberal Mind.
Cute baby. :)
Wish that gubermont guy would send me just a handful of American dollars under the same terms.
You mean the man that David Frum was drooling all over? Oh yeah, I remember him.
But he wants animals to be able to sue.
I can’t post what I want to say. I like FR too much and don’t want to get banned.
... and Barack 0bama is just a somewhat larger handful of cells.
Ain’t worth pissin’ on,Sunstein.
Cass Sunstein. Another Czar that Czucks.
And he’s just an assh*le. Yo, turkey, some cells are more valuable than others. I’ll take the babies, thanks.
Does not mean that it is ok to kill us and play with our remains.
If that is true then how come IN VETRO FERTILIZATION = life? At the moment the sperm and egg are mixed the doctor is satisfied. Sounds like medicine and science know that life begins at a specific moment - not a bunch of cells happpening.
If we drain all of the water and crap outta this clown, he’s “just a hand full of cells” also!
This guy is evil. He’s got to go.
And the person who said this is simply multiple handfulls of cells.
Volunteers for someone to treat this slime the same way? We can simply “abort” it (not him) multiple times.
I promise not to tell.
Obama and his advisors are just handfuls of cells.
The rinos voted to confirm the aggressively amoral freak.
but i bet he p*sses his pants when that “handful of cells” we call chicken eggs hit a nice hot griddle. NOT THE ANIMALS, TAKE THE CHILDREN INSTEAD, BUT PLEASE NOT THE ANIMALS./S
Embryos are ‘just a handful of cells’
That argument is so 1970’s...when we could start to see body parts forming at 6-8 weeks the abortionist stopped using that argument.
Been reading Sunsteins articles.
Here’s one “The Rights of Animals: A Very Short Primer”
“We do not, after all, allow scientists to experiment on human beings, even human beings with serious disabilities, when and because medical advances would be significant.” - page 8
“even human beings with serious disabilities”
It seems like Sunstein thinks that it’s worse to experiment on humans without disabilities than it is to experiment on humans with disabilities.
Put differently, Mengele would’ve been more acceptible if his subjects had serious disabilities.
This is very similar to Holdren’s - babies don’t become human until after “essential early socializing experiences”.
I think we here on FR all pretty much agree that people are people and animals are animals. All people have human rights. It seems like a bunch of Obama’s people aren’t clear on this.
Embryos are a new life. Period!
Amazing, isn't it? How a handful of cells can develop into a fully grown pile of detritus material.
Also from “Rights” - page 11
“Hence some people urge that certain animals, at least, are “persons,” not property, and that they should have many of the legal rights that human beings have. Of course this does not mean that those animals can vote or run for office. Their status would be akin to that of children - a status commensurate with their capacities.” - Page 11
A good SNL sketch - fake game show, “Which is the person?”
The contestants would be Sustein, Holdren and Peter Singer from Princeton.
Show a slide of a dog. Sustein buzzes in. “Well, I’ve written that “certain animals, at least, are “persons” ... their status would be akin to that of children” so I’ll say yes, the dog is a person.” Audience boos. Big buzzer. Host - “I’m sorry, that is a dog. A dog is not a person. Have you been released recently from a mental institution?”
Sustein - “No”
Now, let’s meet our guests. What do you do?
I work for the Obama administration.
I have some bad news for you Cass.
The quotes you cite echo Pete Singer’s view that parents should be allowed to abort their children up to age five or six.
Fits nicely with the DeathCare premise that resources should be allocated to healthy people between 15 and 40, No?
Singer’s the leader of em all - most famous etc. His ideas are crazy, he should be taken head on. He’s a discredit to Princeton, a discredit to the Ivy League, and a discredit to the idea that “elite” schools provide a superior education. It seems to me that Singer, Sustein and Holdren really help make the case that you learn bats**t crazy stuff in the Ivy League. Palin could say “If babies aren’t human beings and animals are persons is what they’re teaching at Harvard and Princeton, I’m glad I stayed far far away from those elite schools.”