Roger L. Simon

Applauding Frist

It’s not just my own support of embryonic stem cell research that makes me applaud Bill Frist’s announcement of his similar support this morning. I applaud breaking with partyline thinking in general – “My President,” right or wrong, is just a plain bad idea. “My party chairman,” right or wrong, is even worse!

It’s especially retrograde in this internet age when information on virtually all issues is but a mouse click away. Someone like Dr. Frist is capable of backing embryonic stem cell reserach while being an abortion opponent who believes life begins at conception. He makes a distinction you may disagree with, but he has clearly thought it through. Good for him. We should all do as well.