Robert P. George on Stem Cells & Debate #2 on National Review Online:
Every reporter covering the election should, after the second presidential debate in St. Louis, be demanding of Kerry an answer to the following question: Who are the scientists who told you that 'we have the option' of curing Parkinson's, diabetes, spinal-cord injuries, or any other disease using embryonic stem cells? If they won't ask him, the Bush campaign should defy him to name the names. He won't be able to do it. No scientists - even those most pro-Kerry and aggressively in favor of the federal funding of embryo-destructive research - ever told Kerry any such thing.
What Kerry has done here is told the big lie about embryonic stem cells. The claim that 'we have the option' of curing Parkinson's disease, diabetes, etc. with embryonic stem cells is outrageous. No one knows when - or even whether or not - human embryonic stem cells will be therapeutically useful in treating any major disease or injury. There are profound - perhaps insuperable - problems with the therapeutic use of these cells. So, despite the fact that there is no federal ban on embryonic-stem-cell research, and that such research can be funded with state money and is being publicly funded in various places abroad, no embryonic-stem-cell-based therapy is even in clinical trials.