Progress Vs. Bush Administration
Science can work around the obstacles of religion, but religion always seems to catch up just in time to place more roadblocks to progress. President Bush’s stance on stem cell research, that any procedure that destroys an embryo is murder, has hindered the progress of this very promising line of research. Scientists have now found a way to create stem cells without destroying the embryo, but the White House says this does not resolve the issue. I guess they have to wait until after Karl Rove has a sit down with religious leaders before they can come out with specifics of their new objections. This administration always comes at issues from the most regressive position possible.
At the same time that the administration is doing everything possible to put up roadblocks to embryonic stem cell research, the FDA has finally approved the over the counter sale of Plan B, the “morning after” pill. This is great news for women in this country and an end to a long fight with the Bush administration over the use of emergency contraception. Women have the right to seek medical treatment for any condition, even unwanted pregnancy. Choosing to prevent a pregnancy is a personal choice and the government has no business getting involved in the decision, and the approval of Plan B gives women more options in preventing unwanted pregnancy, a great thing for women’s health and our right to choose our own path.
The fact that the Bush administration has taken positions on these two issues that are at odds with one another, is irritating yet expected. Holding back progress is a difficult task, especially when you have a job approval rating hovering in the low 30s. In order to implement the regressive policies his religious right friends are hoping for, Bush would have to be wildly popular. As it is, he seems to be trying to do just enough to keep his last 30% happy, even if it means his positions on different issues are not easily reconciled. Won’t it be great when we don’t have to deal with an administration constantly pandering to the Religious Right anymore? I, for one, can hardly wait.