Doesn't Funding ESCR Force Us to Participate? (Part 2)

"[If ESCR is government funded] the right of true believers to live by their own religious beliefs will be guaranteed: no one will be compelled to use stem cell research or its products, just as no one will ever be compelled to have an abortion. And the nation will respect the right of believers to advocate for changes in our civil law that correspond with their own view of morality.? ? Mario Cuomo, New York Times, June 20, 2005

Question for Mr. Cuomo: If the government uses my tax dollars to do research, isn't it forcing me to support the research? As with abortion, shouldn't we be concerned not just with forcing people to use contested procedures, but also with forcing them to spend money on them?

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Melinda Penner

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