Sex, Science, and Stem Cells: Inside the Right Wing Assault on Reasonby Diana DeGette
Pub. Date: 08/04/2008
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
In August 2001, President George W. Bush announced with fanfare that federal funds would be made available to scientists conducting research on human embryonic stem cell lineswith restrictions. Reading his words, not his lips, was Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Colorado’s First Congressional District, and what she read was this: a ban. As a practical… See more details below
In August 2001, President George W. Bush announced with fanfare that federal funds would be made available to scientists conducting research on human embryonic stem cell lineswith restrictions. Reading his words, not his lips, was Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Colorado’s First Congressional District, and what she read was this: a ban. As a practical matter, she notes, scientists could no longer conduct research on nonapproved stem cell lines in laboratories that had received any federal money for their facilities or equipmenteven if those monies had not been directly earmarked for stem cell study. According to Congresswoman DeGette, this one “half-baked executive order effectively killed most publicly funded embryonic stem cell research in the United States from that point forward.”
In Sex, Science, and Stem Cells, Congress’s leading advocate of stem cell research presents a blistering indictment of the politicization of scienceand sexby the Bush administration, the Republican leadership, and the religious right. Addressing not only stem cell research but also birth control, HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns, abortion, and sex education, Congresswoman DeGette takes the Bush White House and its fundamentalist allies to task for subverting any real discussion of human sexuality and reproduction.
DeGette writes from experienceand hard-earned frustration. During fifteen years in office, her fight for sound public policy for ethical, cutting-edge scientific research has consistently been foiled by religious conservatives who seek to place their own ideology ahead of science and reason. Pulling no punches in her scrutiny of a Republican leadership that has long shirked matters relating even remotely to human sexuality, she concludes that many of America’s elected officials are simply too blinded by religious dogma to think rationally about sex. In Sex, Science, and Stem Cells, she dares to do what they can’t, or won’topen the door to responsible, fact-based legislation going forward.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: What in God's Name ...? ix
Where I Stand 1
The Bubble Bill 21
Ms. DeGette Goes to Washington 39
Charting the Course 56
Angels Dancing on the Head of a Pin 88
Snowflake Babies 117
Send in the Clones 138
Abstinence Only 156
Whatever It Is, I'm Against It! 173
An Ounce of Prevention 185
"Through No Fault on Anybody's Part" 203
A Foolish Consistency 216
Afterword: Closing Arguments 228
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