Bill Frist has outlined his reasons for changing his position from supporting the president's policy for his constituents. I will not again go into why he is wrong (included here and here). I will accept that he thinks he is standing on good principle, so I retract and apologize for asserting otherwise. However, using his 10-point framework, we ought to be able to identify the Top 5 agenda for the fall that we should expect him to pursue (and sponsor) before the question of funding ESRC is entertained.
Frist #1. Ban Embryo Creation for Research;Also, because the Senate's version of the Castle-DeGette bill passed by the House does not include the restrictions of points 6-9, we ought to expect that it will never see the light of day.
Frist #2. Continue Funding Ban on Derivation [Of Stem Cells];
Frist #3. Ban Human Cloning;
Frist #4. Increase Adult Stem Cell Research Funding;*
Frist #10. Strengthen and Harmonize Fetal Tissue Research Restrictions.
*Note that we should expect any ASCR bill to have the following prudent restrictions:
Frist #6. Require a Rigorous Informed Consent Process;
Frist #7. Limit the Number of Stem Cell Lines Available for Public Funding;
Frist #8. Establish a Strong Public Research Oversight System;
Frist #9. Require Ongoing, Independent Scientific and Ethical Review.