by Jill Stanek
Last week Sen. Chris Lauzen defended his colleague Kirk Dillard's pro-life credentials in response to my Sept. 4 post, "Does Kirk Dillard think pro-lifers are stupid?" Dillard, of course, is running as a Republican pro-life candidate for governor.
I consider Sen. Lauzen more than a pro-life patriot; he is my friend. I'm disappointed he is supporting Dillard, but I understand.
Sen. Lauzen pointed out some of Dillard's admirable pro-life credentials. But Dillard has some pro-death credentials as well, just as admirable to the other side.
Bottom line: I am sick to death of pro-life schizophrenics. I don't trust Dillard, and with good reason.
Sen. Lauzen's post contained at least one glaring error:
In fact, Sen. Dillard was only one of two Republicans voting for SB4, the IL Stem Cell Initiative of 2007, the other being ardent pro-abort Christine Radogno:
Dillard admitted this as recently as October 21 at the Union League Club Republican gubernatorial candidate debate, which fellow candidate Adam Andrzejewski posted on YouTube:
Sen. Lauzen called me "virulen[t]" for writing in my previous post that I was "actually insulted" by Dillard's pro-life platitudes.
Well, here I go again. Dillard's response on the Life question: "I'm pro-life, and I voted for one minor exception with respect to stem cell research," deeply insults and offends me.
Dillard's response not only displayed pro-life schizophrenia, it was disingenuous. He omitted the It word, "embryonic," a common and dishonest ploy by embryonic stem cell research proponents, and it most certainly was no "minor" exception to vote for taxpayer funding of human embryo AND HUMAN CLONING experimentation.
To vote for taxpayer funding of human embryo AND HUMAN CLONING experimentation is no different than voting for taxpayer funding of abortion or even voting for partial birth abortion.
Human embryo/cloning experimentation kills no less a human life than abortion. To parse on the Life issue due to a preborn's age is not to get it.
In 2007 there were 45,298 abortions committed in IL. It is entirely feasible that thousands of week-old human embryos and clones were killed for research in IL that year as well - with Dillard's full support.
I will add that it is schizophrenic for someone calling himself pro-life to make a campaign commercial for a presidential candidate who opposed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, Partial Birth Abortion Ban, and parental notification.
Sen. Lauzen concluded that Sen. Dillard "is reliably pro-life."
With all due respect, I beg to differ.