Video: Bill Clinton doesn’t understand human biology?
posted at 2:13 pm on March 12, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
Jill Stanek catches Bill Clinton in a deliciously ironic illiteracy on human biology. Maybe this explains why he tried to convince the nation that oral sex was not, you know, sex:
Gupta: Let’s talk about something you talked a lot about in the early part of your presidency, stem cells. There was an order today providing federal money for embryonic stem cell research. First of all, let me just ask you, as someone who studied this, is this going to always be as divisive an issue as it is now? Is this going to be the abortion of the next generation? Or are people going to come around?
Clinton: I think – the answer is I think that we’ll work it through. If – particularly if it’s done right. If it’s obvious that we’re not taking embryos that can – that under any conceivable scenario would be used for a process that would allow them to be fertilized and become little babies, and I think if it’s obvious that we’re not talking about some science fiction cloning of human beings, then I think the American people will support this….
Gupta: Any reservations?
Clinton: I don’t know that I have any reservations, but I was – he has apparently decided to leave to the relevant professional committees the definition of which frozen embryos are basically going to be discarded, because they’re not going to be fertilized. I believe the American people believe it’s a pro-life decision to use an embryo that’s frozen and never going to be fertilized for embryonic stem cell research….
But those committees need to be really careful to make sure if they don’t want a big storm to be stirred up here, that any of the embryos that are used clearly have been placed beyond the pale of being fertilized before their use. There are a large number of embryos that we know are never going to be fertilized, where the people who are in control of them have made that clear. The research ought to be confined to those….
But there are values involved that we all ought to feel free to discuss in all scientific research. And that is the one thing that I think these committees need to make it clear that they’re not going to fool with any embryos where there’s any possibility, even if it’s somewhat remote, that they could be fertilized and become human beings.
This may be the stupidest thing I’ve heard since Phil Donohue and Vladimir Posner tried arguing a few years back that human embryos become fish and dogs before becoming humans. (Yes, they did; I watched it with my jaw trailing the floor.) Unfertilized eggs have no research value in stem cell work because they don’t produce anything; they’re genetically incomplete. Only after fertilization does an egg become an embryo. Nor is Clinton simply making a momentary mis-speak; he repeats this no less than six times in this interview with Sanjay Gupta.
And note that Gupta — a physician who was Barack Obama’s first choice as Surgeon General — never bothers to correct Clinton. Did Gupta miss that lesson in pre-med?
The irony, of course, springs from the fact that Clinton got impeached and nearly removed for committing perjury and obstruction of justice over his attempts to explore human biology with the West Wing staff. If this is the level of scientific knowledge from the pro-abortion, pro-hEsc research Left, I don’t think they’ll be finding any stem cell advances regardless of whether they get federal funding. In fact, I’m not sure Clinton could find his rear end with both hands and a flashlight after watching this.
Like Jill, I wonder whether Bill Clinton will oppose hEsc research funding when someone finally educates him on actual human biology. I won’t hold my breath.