Note: edited to correct the authors to George and Lee, not George and Cohen.
Earlier today, I reported on Michael Fumento’s rebuttal to the letter in
Pseudoscience Science magazine that attacked Dr. David Prentice on his support for Adult Stem Cells. Another blogger, LTI, pointed me to an op-ed by two of my favorite ethicists, Robert P. George and Patrick Lee of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, which also points out the fraudulent use of the reputation of Science in pursuit of an unethical, political and financial agenda that has nothing to do with true science.
The George/Cohen essay points out the use of the euphemism “early stem cell research.” This was the term used by Myra Christopher of the Center for Practical Bioethics (a strong proponent for the right to die and the right to kill) at last week’s Bioethics and Politics conference and reported, here. Ms. Christopher did not take my suggestion that she was giving us a perfect example of Dr. Alt’s discussion of changing the name to influence opinion and law.