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Thursday, June 21, 2007


by Robert M. Chute

G. W. vetoes a stem cell bill.
No license to kill, he intones,
until you reach the age of consent.
Avid supporters should propose
protection for all those embryos
consigned for destruction. All
to be maintained in storage by
the best available technologies
until — well, why not be the first
to legislate immortality?
Penalties to be determined
for any voluntary termination.
Thousands of human lives saved,
more added every year. (And
sperm deposits left unclaimed?)

Robert M. Chute’s book from JustWrite Books, Reading Nature, poetry based on scientific articles, is available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.