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GOP’s Huntsman a “nominal Mormon,” supports gays, stem-cell research

The anti-abortion website says Republican presidential hopeful Jim Huntsman is “gay friendly,” supports stem-cell research and is a “nominal Mormon.”

“Despite flaunting a spotless pro-life voting record, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has confirmed that he supports stem-cell research that involves the destruction of human embryonic life,” writes Kathleen Gilbert.

She also writes that Huntsman spokesperson Tim Miller sent a prepared statement to the website stating that the candidate “is a passionate supporter of stem cell research,” and that he supports federal funding “for lines that have a demonstrated history of success — adult stem cells, non-embryonic stem-cells and certain types of embryonic stem cell research.”


However, writes Gilbert, the statement said that Huntsman “opposes federal funding for new lines that would do harm to embryos.”

The article went on to say: “Huntsman, a nominal Mormon and recent ambassador to China under the Obama administration, emerged on the GOP 2012 scene on June 21, bearing an unusual mix of a strong pro-life voting record with a penchant for fiscal liberalism and a moderately ‘gay friendly’ reputation.”

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment James Darden

    Here is an excerpt from an embryonic stem cell investors website of which I am a member. This may be some knowledge that could be useful to heretofore proponents and detractors alike. Some may not believe what it says, but it is true and cannot be disputed.

    “What if there was a company that derived its medicine from human embryonic stem cells (hESC) without harming or destroying the embryo? We all know there is tremendous ideological debate surrounding this technology. If stem cell research no longer destroyed the human embryo, would this technology be embraced by those who have vehemently opposed hESC research? If the naysayers then accepted hESC technology, would this achievement lead to prevention and cures to unmet medical needs?

    On February 23, 2011, Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. was awarded Patent Number 7,893,315 “single blastomere” technique. ACT’s proprietary single blastomere technology provides a non-destructive alternative for deriving hESC lines.

    What does this mean in plain English? Imagine the smallest blood transfusion in the history of modern medicine. It would be kin to a blood transfusion on a cellular-microscopic level with a two-day old embryo with just two to eight cells, of which one of those eight cells removed. That is exactly the technology ACT has accomplished to derive its hESC cell lines. Once the cell is removed, that removed cell replicates itself and thus regenerates the removed cell leaving the embryo as it was prior. When human beings give a pint of blood, that removed pint of blood regenerates itself as does the embryo does using ACT’s SCB patented technique.

    Some opponents to the ACT’s embryonic research would say this harmful. However, the single blastomere technology uses a one-cell biopsy approach similar to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which is widely used in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process and does not interfere with the embryo’s developmental potential. The stem cells generated using this approach are healthy, completely normal, and differentiate into all the cell types of the human body, including insulin-producing cells, blood cells, beating heart cells, cartilage, and other cell types of therapeutic importance. The safety record for one-cell biopsy as part of PGD now has a 15-year track record, and is carried out routinely as part of IVF processes around the world. ACT’s “embryo-safe” technique has been published in been peer-reviewed journals such as Nature and Cell Stem Cell.

    Robert Lanza, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer of ACT, said, “This patent issuance represents recognition of the innovation underlying our single-blastomere technology. In the US alone, over 100 people die every hour from diseases that could potentially benefit from this ‘embryo-safe’ technique.””

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Allan

    I think “normal” would be more correct than “nominal”. Maybe we don’t all walk locked-step with the teaching of the Church, but we are proud to be Mormon.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    He’s not a Catholic, he is a Mormon. He seems to think for himself.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    He is still a Republican.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    True Henrietta. :o) IF he became the GOP candidate, I’d still vote for President Obama—just glad he actually thinks for himself.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    He might be the most adult of the Republican candidates, a clutch of moral midgets if ever I saw one. So he probably could not be nominated.

    I’d like to congratulate all people of all parties who refuse to sign that pledge.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Doug

    For liberals who themselves have no concept of morality, except that it means taking other people’s money by force to do the things liberals want to do (while putting their own money in tax shelters), to see another liberal call Republicans “moral midgets” is laughable. Nnmns must have been looking in the mirror.

    And while I tend to agree with the Dems on some of the social issues (stem-cell research and abortion among them), the destruction Obama has wrought on the economy overshadows that; anyone who votes for Obama in 2012 is voting to turn the U.S. into Bolivia.

    That so many liberals/leftists have nice things to say about Jon Huntsman is proof that he should not be the GOP nominee. If the parties were still where they were in the 1970s, Huntsman would be a Democrat. It’s just that the Dems have moved so far left that moderate Democrats are pushed into the GOP.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    Gee, Doug, we kind of know the Republican candidates and it’s pretty clear their ideas of morality are skin deep and ugly at that. You don’t know me and you don’t know the economy or history if you think our mess is President Obama’s fault.

    It’s the fault of GW Bush and his Republican cohort who invaded Iraq for no reason and instead of raising taxes to pay for it, lowered taxes, mostly on the wealthy, and cut regulations and regulators which led to the meltdown of our economic system during the Bush reign. President Obama has done necessary things to get the economy started out of the giant hole the Republicans had shoved it into.

  • mike

    Just like every politician, his decision depends on which one will benefit him better

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