200 Snowflake Babies, 475000 Melting, 25000 Precipitating
Republican congressman Steve King waxes eloquent on the cadres of Christian soldiers who, chanting “Onward!”, adopt frozen embryos and bring them to birth volunteering their own uteruses for the purpose: so far in all of human history, there have been 200 such births.
About 25,000 embryos are frozen each year, with about 475,000 frozen embryos accumulated to date.
Those righteous Christian mommas had better speed up their gestations if they hope to bring all those frozen embryos — frozen at a stage of development before a single neuron grows — to birth. With every day that passes their task of shoveling snowflake babies out of the drift looms larger.
Let’s be realistic. Those frozen embryos — in a multi-cell stage without any personality, any awareness, any neurological development whatsoever — will never all be birthed. The vast, vast majority of them will remain frozen or be discarded… forever.
So how’s about letting science use them to find ways to stop disease in those of us who are alive? That’s what Barack Obama decided to let scientists do. Steve King picked out 200 flakes in a drift of 475,000 to proclaim Obama “showed no respect for the conscientious objections of life-loving, tax-paying Americans.”
I love life. I pay taxes. I’m an American. And I think Barack Obama showed more respect for my intelligence and moral compass than Steve King ever will.