Romney's story that he underwent a metamorphosis after his "awakening on the life issues"- after his education about the killing of embryos on day 14 for the harvesting of stem cells - is about to give birth to another Flip Flop.
In Governor Mitt Romney's metamorphosis from social moderate to self-styled conservative presidential candidate, Nov. 9, 2004 , stands out as a seminal date.
On that day, Romney and two aides met in his State House office with renowned Harvard University stem cell researcher Douglas A. Melton. In Romney's retelling, Melton coolly explained how his work relied on cloning human embryos.
" I sat down with a researcher. And he said, 'Look, you don't have to think about this stem cell research as a moral issue, because we kill the embryos after 14 days,' " Romney recalled on " The Charlie Rose Show " last June, characterizing the meeting as a watershed moment for him. "That struck me as he said that."
(sidebar: The scientist divulges that Romney mischaracterized what happened and no such conversation took place - surprise, surprise)
This shocking discovery and watershed moment that embryos are being killed, 30 years after Roe v. Wade, caused him to send out a letter to the Republicans saying "science must respect the sanctity of human life", described his "valiant fight" and asked people to pony up some money for his "valiant fight"
It was during that reflection on stem cells (November 9, 2004), Romney said, that he realized he had been wrong about abortion for years.
Yet, in the New York Times, on February 11, 2005, here is his authentic position on the killing of existing embryos for stem cell research
Mr. Romney said in an interview this week and again on Thursday that he supported allowing scientists to use embryos left over from in-vitro fertilization at fertility clinics, a position that goes beyond what President Bush supports. Fertility clinic embryos are likely "going to be destroyed or discarded" anyway, the governor said, so using them for research "does make sense."
But the governor, whose wife, Ann, has multiple sclerosis, a disease that might be helped by stem cell research, said he opposed creating embryos specifically to be used in research, a process known as therapeutic cloning.
The very issue that he claims caused a watershed moment about embryos being killed - didn't sway his position at all regarding the killing of embryos.
From Huffington Post:
Romney's ban is nothing but political posturing. The current debate is not even about the CREATION of stem cells; it is about the use of EXISTING stem cells, of which there is an abundance. Bush has banned the use of all but a few of these existing stem cells, claiming he wouldn't "promote science which destroys life in order to save life." But every year, in fact, thousands and thousands of embryos are destroyed in fertility clinics. They are created in petri dishes as part of fertility treatments like IVF; then they are discarded. Nobody thought much about these discarded embryos until scientists recognized the promise they offered for research. Instead of throwing them out, it was asked, why not find a practical application for them that could perhaps aid human progress?
Again, nobody in the established scientific community is talking about creating embryos right now. Mr. Romney is the only one bringing the issue up. In making his announcement, Mr. Romney muddies the waters of the current debate, clouding the issue and slowing progress - all for his own political gain. It's crass and it's lame.
Instead of fearing an Orwellian future, Mr. Romney should feel right at home in our Orwellian present, after all, his party has led in the creation of this eerily familiar dystopia; an era of unending war, eroding civil liberties, and an authoritarian leadership that holds onto power through the endless promotion of fear. Our government's guiding principles in 2006 seem little different than "1984's: "War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength."
Most human embryonic stem cells used today were created from embryos left over from fertility treatments.
Romney said although he supports the use of embryos left over from in vitro fertilization, which might be discarded anyway,
All embryos sitting in the waiting room at Planned Parenthood are going to be destroyed and discarded anyway. All embryos inside the womb of women taking emergency contraception are going to be destroyed and be discarded anyway. Women on their way for partial birth abortion have children that are going to be destroyed and discarded anyway.
How is Jim Bopp and the National Right to Life going to spin this?
Either they are going to have to develop and new and improved doomsday prolife policy - or a big Flip Flop is coming down the pike.