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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.

4 comments to 200 Snowflake Babies, 475000 Melting, 25000 Precipitating

  • qs

    “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”

    Ya, obviously that is so. Would you say that about say a 4-5 month year old gestation though?

    • Jim

      Nobody is even remotely suggesting using a 4-5 month gestation fetus for stem cell research, so that’s not a germane question.

      • qs

        I think it’s hard to remember things if you haven’t had language yet so you have a way of categorizing data and concepts. However, I was reading the Huffingtonpost about those people with “super autobiographical memories” who say they can remember even being in the crib and toddling around. They remember things in a somewhat tape recorder fashion. Supposedly there are only 3 or 4 of those people living in the U.S.A. or people who claim to have that.

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