The Corner

Gingrich on Life

In an interview with Jake Tapper, Newt Gingrich says that life begins at implantation and the view that it begins with conception is “ideological.” He adds:

In addition I would say that I’ve never been for embryonic stem cell research per se. I have been for, there are a lot of different ways to get embryonic stem cells. I think if you can get embryonic stem cells for example from placental blood if you can get it in ways that do not involve the loss of a life that’s a perfectly legitimate avenue of approach.

What I reject is the idea that we’re going to take one life for the purpose of doing research for other purposes and I think that crosses a threshold of de-humanizing us that’s very very dangerous.

(Apologies for the odd formatting above.)

Gingrich may have forgotten where he stood, but he did in fact back embryo-destructive stem-cell research in 2001. Also, it’s not clear why he would consider the destruction of human embryos taken from fertility clinics the taking of a life. They’ve never been implanted.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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