Stem Cell Revisited

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Stem Cell Revisted George W. Bush was the United States of America’s 43rd president. During his presidency, Bush faced many ground breaking decisions that would help mold the nation’s growth. One such issue was that regarding the use of government funds to support stem cell research (“George W. Bush”).Stem cell research has long been deemed a taboo subject. People’s opinions can vary greatly regarding the use of stem cells to further research. Former president, George W. Bush, offers the differing viewpoints in his speech, “Remarks on Stem Cell Research,” in hopes of educating readers regarding his decision to limit government funded research. Bush uses rhetorical appeal of pathos, rhetorical statements and the rhetorical strategy of simile to provide a successful, persuasive speech.

Bush describes varying situations which shows the broad spectrum of people that could be affected by his decision. In doing this, he is appealing to the emotions that can run deep showing that, no matter what each individual’s situation, his decision will have an impact on that person. The use of pathos is evident as Bush uses certain phrases “ethical ramifications” and “agonized over” regarding how stem cell research arguments have already been a part of discussions across the country. In addition to appealing to emotion in deciding whether or not an embryo should be regarded as a life form containing rights, Bush also appeals to the use of logic in the form of rhetorical statements. Near the beginning of the speech, Bush poses the rhetorical statements, “First, are these frozen embryos human life and therefore something to be protected? And, second, if they’re going to be destroyed anyway, shouldn’t they be used for a greater good, for research that has the potential to save and improve other lives?” Bush using rhetorical statements in order to achieve the...
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