Tim (littlebluedog) wrote,
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tiny, noble, wise embryo

On Monday, during the Senate debate on H.R. 810 (the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act), Senator Sam Brownback made a demonstration in which he held up a child's drawing of a frozen embryo and explained that it was asking "are you going to kill me?"

In a response to the radical right's new argumentative technique of embryo ventriloquism, theferrett posits that liberals might be able to fight fire with fire.

Here is a partial repost of theferrett's Interview With the Embryo:
It was a strange thing, the other day; there I was, in the scientific laboratory, talking to an embryo. It had a small voice, like an angel crossed with a kitten, and it explained to me how it wanted to be killed.

"I'm doomed anyway," it said nobly, drawing what passed for shoulders up so it stood up straight in the test tube. "It's not like I was destined for life; I'm a spare, made just in case some other embryo fails, or I was donated by some other couple. Fact is, there aren't enough wombs to go around to take all of me and my brethren, and we have decided to make something of ourselves."

"But... that's such a sacrifice..." I stammered.

"We would be garbage otherwise," it commanded me. "You brave souls donate your organs so that others can live - and so we throw ourselves into the breach to donate our whole bodies for the betterment of mankind! We want to do it! It's the only rational thing to do!"

"You embryos," I said in an awestruck hush. "You're so much better than we petty humans."

"It's what Christ would have done," they told me.

"But..." I protested. "You could become humans. Fully-fledged children. Isn't that a temptation?"

"It might be," the embryo said, a half-formed tear in its half-formed eye. "But the truth is, we embryos are very sad."

"And why is that?"

"The Republicans," it said. "We're kings and queens of mankind to them, but once we emerge from the womb they don't care about us any more. Don't they understand that we embryos grow into children who must also be nurtured? Many of our would-be parents are toiling for minimum wage, either making $5,000 below the poverty level or working two jobs to get by... And suddenly, we're neglected. Our education suffers. Why would we want to come into a world that's governed by people who hate what we will become?"

"It's as if the Republicans loved the caterpillar, but hated the butterfly," I said.

"Yes. Better to give ourselves to the betterment of mankind. If one man will ever walk partly because of me, then I will have done more than I would have ever been able to do for humanity under the Bush administration."

"You are wise, tiny embryo," I said, and watched with a gasp as it grew tiny angel wings and flew into the waiting arms of science.
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