According to Tom Hungar, a lawyer who has argued before the federal district court and the Court of Appeals, the National Institute of Health is scampering to write as many embryonic stem cell research checks as they can, because the preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge to bar them from breaking federal law will soon turn permanent.
Why does President Obama feel comfortable allowing this to happen, if not acting as the instigator? I suggest two reasons: 1) He sees the embryos as contingently valuable on their ability to serve a “greater good”, which he sees as the advancement of medical research; and 2) He views the law, like the embryos being killed, as contingent on personal opinion, rather than grounded principle.
This brings up a bigger question of whether or not "social" issues lie as a foundation for every other issue, especially within politics. If we do not respect human life, does that mean our economic system will fail? If we view the human person as contingent on their ability to produce, serve me, or what-have-you, will our culture surely crumble? I talk about this in a blog I wrote for the Manhattan Declaration. CLICK HERE if you would like to read more about this.