Robert G Torricelli

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Research goals cannot justify harming fetus

It is nearly impossible in a world in which the Ten Commandments are reduced not to the Ten Guidelines or the Ten Suggestions but to the Ten Laughingstocks to defend the old moral principle that the end does not justify the means -- that is, that something cannot be good merely because it has a good purpose, but rather must itself be good.

This is why it is so difficult to make a convincing argument against fetal stem cell research. Few people, least of all Cynthia Tucker ("Current policy on stem cells has no good defense," Opinion Commentary, Aug. 16), can understand why tiny, not-even-formed embryos should not be...

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