Stated by President Bill Clinton in an interview by Dr. Sanjay Gupta concerning President Obama's reversal of the Bush embryonic stem cell policies:
Spoken as Someone Who Has Studied This
Gupta: ...First of all, let me just ask you, as someone who studied this, is this going to always be as divisive an issue as it is now?...The debate is settled. There is consensus. Abortion, even partial birth, is OK. The fetus is not fertilized and therefore can be termed a little baby until it has totally separated from the birth canal.
Bill Clinton: ...If it's obvious that we're not taking embryos that can - that under any conceivable scenario would be used for a process that would allow them to be fertilized and become little babies,...
I don't know that I have any reservations, but I was - he has apparently decided to leave to the relevant professional committees the definition of which frozen embryos are basically going to be discarded, because they're not going to be fertilized.
But those committees need to be really careful to make sure if they don't want a big storm to be stirred up here, that any of the embryos that are used clearly have been placed beyond the pale of being fertilized before their use. There are a large number of embryos that we know are never going to be fertilized, where the people who are in control of them have made that clear.
And that is the one thing that I think these committees need to make it clear that they're not going to fool with any embryos where there's any possibility, even if it's somewhat remote, that they could be fertilized and become human beings.
President Clinton, are you imitating Al Gore?
Dr. Gupta, is there a doctor in the house?