May 27, 2005
While seven republicans were selling out whatever remains of principles in the Senate over judicial filibusters, 50 republicans sold out in the House.
They backed federal funding for stem cell research, even when that research is conducted on embryos specifically created for that purpose.
House Majority Leader Tom Delay called it "a vote to fund with taxpayer dollars the dismemberment of living, distinct human beings for the purpose of medical experimentation."
President Bush has threatened to veto the measure.
In a good public relations move, the president invited dozens of people who had adopted babies when they were frozen embryos at fertility clinics.
The picture made the front page of a lot of newspapers and helped underscore, for anyone paying attention, what this debate is really all about.
It is not about how I feel or what I want to do.
It is about the value of human life and where that value comes from.
The problem is, as we become more secular and materialistic, we are less likely to hear the voice of God in this.
He warned us and now appears to be giving us over.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.