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8/06/2005

Mr. Dobson, meet Dr. Mengele

Robert Freedland says James Dobson - or, as Atrios calls him, SpongeDob Stickypants (Dobson accused SpongeBob SquarePants of being homosexual, or something like that) - should apologize for comparing stem cell research with the Nazis experiments on humans:
Mr. Dobson doesn't understand that stem cells are from clumps of cells called blastocysts. Blastocysts don't have any organs. They don't have any pain receptors. They don't feel pain. They don't feel fear. They don't feel at all.

But the victims of Nazi medical experiments were often children. Those abused and murdered by Josef Mengele were often twins as young as five years old. Some of the experiments performed by the Nazis included decompression chambers to simulate high altitude, freezing experiments such as those in 1942 in Dachau where prisoners were forced to endure a tank of ice water, sometimes for as long as 3 hours, Malaria experiments where healthy inmates were infected with Malaria, Mustard Gas experiments to investigate the most effective treatment of wounds caused by LOST gas, sea-water and sterilization experiments involving mutilation of thousands of inmates.

Victims of the Nazis were people; men, women and children. People who had family, people who had fear, people who felt pain, anguish, embarassment, and ultimately death.

They were not clumps of cells destined for the garbage heap.
I wonder if Dobson realizes that the bacon he eats every morning is the result of a process infinitely more ethically objectionable than destroying blastocysts.

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