Friday, May 27, 2005

The Stem-Cell Bill Hall of Shame

As you all know, on Tuesday the House of Representatives passed a bill that would expand federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. Embryonic stem-cells are harvested from human embryos in the first stages of cell division, and destroys them in the process.

The justification for these vampiric efforts to extend and improve our lives at the expense of innocent human beings is the promise of cures for every manner of disease and defect, from Alzheimer's to Diabetes. Of course, none of these supposed benefits is even close to materializing. And, of course, these justifications ignore the fact that embryonic stem-cell research is simply unneccesary. As I have written before, adult stem-cell research is rapidly reaching the status of proven technology that is producing results, without sacrificing unborn human lives.

All of the arguments for permitting ESCR boil down to "let us do evil so that good may come of it." And the temptation to do so is powerful. The good of eliminating all these diseases is so desirable, and the beings whom these experiments would obliterate are literally invisible. But the moral law is quite clear: The end cannot justify the means. It is bad enough that our national conscience has become so vitiated that a majority of our Representatives could fall for the temptation, but it is especially painful that a large number of Catholic congressmen would do so. They ought to know better. In fact, they have no excuse for not knowing better, as our bishops and the Holy See have repeatedly condemned ESCR. Those who voted for this bill have the blood of innocents on their hands.

The complete roll call of the House vote may be found here. But we should take particular note of the Catholic representatives who voted in favor of the measure. These are the Catholic House Democrats who voted for the bill:

Joe Baca (CA)
Xavier Becerra (CA)
Timothy Bishop (NY)
Robert Brady (PA)
Mike Capuano (MA)
Dennis Cardoza (CA)
William Clay (MO)
Jim Costa (CA)
Joe Crowley (NY)
Henry Cuellar (TX)
Peter DeFazio (OR)
Bill Delahunt (MA)
Rosa DeLauro (CT)
John Dingell (MI)
Mike Doyle (PA)
Anna Eshoo (CA)
Lane Evans (IL)
Charlie Gonzalez (TX)
Raul Grijalva (AZ)
Luis Gutierrez (IL)
Brian Higgins (NY)
Maurice Hinchey (NY)
Ruben Hinojosa (TX)
Paul Kanjorski (PA)
Patrick Kennedy (RI)
Dennis Kucinich (OH)
James Langevin (RI)
John Larson (CT)
Steven Lynch (MA)
Ed Markey (MA)

Carolyn McCarthy (NY)
Betty McCollum (MN)
James McGovern (MA)
Cynthia McKinney (GA)
Mike McNulty (NY)
Robert Menendez (NJ)
Michael Michaud (ME)
George Miller (CA)
James Moran (VA)
John Murtha (PA)
Grace Napolitano (CA)
Richard Neal (MA)
David Obey (WI)
Frank Pallone (NJ)
Bill Pascrell (NJ)
Ed Pastor (AZ)
Nancy Pelosi (CA)
Charlie Rangel (NY)
Silvestre Reyes (TX)
Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA)
Tim Ryan (OH)
John Salazar (CO)
Linda Sanchez (CA)
Loretta Sanchez (CA)
Jose Serrano (NY)
Hilda Solis (CA)
Ellen Tauscher (CA)
Mike Thompson (CA)
Nydia Velazquez (NY)
Peter Visclosky (IN)
Diane Watson (CA)

And here are the Catholic House Republicans (remember, they belong to the "pro-life" party) who voted for the bill:

Sherry Boehlert (NY)
Ginny Brown-Waite (FL)
Mike Castle (DE)
Vito Fossella (NY)
Connie Mack (FL)
Jon Porter (NV)
Clay Shaw (FL)

Congressman Mike Castle of Delaware should fall under particularly heavy opprobrium, as he was one of the chief sponsors and cheerleaders of this legislation.

You may want to call or write to some of these representatives, especially if they're from your state. At the very least you should take note of them for future reference. The mid-term elections are just over a year away...