“All politics is local,” is a quote attributed to – and the title of a book co-authored by – the late, former Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill.
The lesson seems to be one that Texas State Representative Juan Garcia, D-Corpus Christi, learned well. It doesn’t hurt to stack the deck in your favor, either.
Evidently, the Representative held a meeting at a church in Corpus Christi, Texas and only invited the people that agreed with him to present arguments on stem cell research to a local group of clergy.
Read “stem cell research” to include embryonic stem cells from human embryos.
I’m certain that the Representative knows the names of groups who could have directed him to people like me who could make the case for the basic science and human rights issues inherent in “the stem cell debate.” (Okay, I did say, “people like me.”)
Instead, the clergy evidently found themselves faced with advocates who do not believe that research in stem cells and regenerative, cellular medicine can proceed without embryonic stem cells. Advocates who include representatives from State Universities and from the “Texans for the Advancement of Medical Research,” a group dedicated to the advancement of destructive embryonic stem cell research and cloning.
This, in spite of proof such as that given to the House State Affairs Committee last Monday,of children who are alive because of stem cell transplants from cord blood. And the hope of so much more from readily available umbilical cord cells: including functional liver tissue, lung cells, nerve cells and pancreatic islet cells.