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Bush's Moral Stand on Stem Cell Research

October 30, 2003

Re "Bush's Hypocritical Stem Cell Stance," Commentary, Oct. 24: Like Michael Kinsley, I am a Parkinson's patient in my early 50s and, like Kinsley, I see George W. Bush as a major obstacle on the road to health and happiness for millions of people with a variety of diseases that could quite possibly be cured by stem cell therapy. Bush's once much-touted compassion seems to extend only to his family and close personal friends.

So, what would it take for him to put the welfare of living human beings before that of microscopic clumps of cells? If his mother were unable to dress and feed herself, or if Laura Bush could not walk across the White House lawn without tripping and dragging one leg, would the president stop standing in the way of potentially huge medical breakthroughs?

Lucy Wilson

Redondo Beach

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