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The context

Here's the context in which I saw the quote originally, excerpted from The Economist's "Politics this week" mailing.

Mr Bush reconfirmed his opposition to stem-cell research and said he had achieved “the right balance between science and ethics”. Last week, Bill Frist, the Senate majority leader and a possible presidential contender, outraged conservatives by endorsing legislation that provides funding for such research.

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baronet
Aug. 5th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Balance
I think that Bush thinks that the things you do to acquire the knowledge are the problem, not the knowledge itself. If you start with the assumption that every fertilized embryo has the same value as the voters and campaign contributers, then I think his position follows fairly logically. I mean, would you want the medical profession pulling homeless people off the streets to cut up to research a cure for MS? I can respect the desire to balance scientific goals and ethical considerations.
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