Bush Will Veto Embryonic Stem-Cell Research Bill

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This week the U.S. Senate is debating a bill that would allow government dollars to fund embryonic stem-cell research. However, President Bush will use his first veto, if it passes in the Senate as expected this afternoon.

In a Statement of Administrative Policy from the White House on July 17, 2006:

The Administration strongly opposes Senate passage of H.R. 810, which would use Federal taxpayer dollars to support and encourage the destruction of human life for research. The bill would compel all American taxpayers to pay for research that relies on the intentional destruction of human embryos for the derivation of stem cells, overturning the President’s policy that funds research without promoting such ongoing destruction. If H.R. 810 were presented to the President, he would veto the bill.

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charles said:

I don't personally oppose embryonic stem cell research, I don't really support it either, nor do I think it's the best place to focus given much more promising research elsewhere.

But even those who support the research ought to be able to agree that the federal government has no need to spend taxpayer dollars to FUND the research.

If the liberals like this research so much, maybe they could get Warren Buffet to divert a couple billion dollars from killing babies to this "life-saving" research. They could tell him he's still killing babies since that seems to be a great motivation for him.

This is one issue I don't fully understand yet, but the whole question of keeping lots of embryos stored - and readied for destruction after a certain period of time - makes me think of a meteor hitting the Earth, for some reason.

Great point about the funding, Charles.

Moderate 5-19 said:

When I hear all the scientific reasons to allow embryonic steam cell research my brain says,” this makes good sense and could save lives”. But something on a basic gut (maybe even soul) level just can’t seem to support this.

Perhaps it’s the famous slippery slope argument, if we do this what is next and how long will it be before the discussion is full out cloning. Perhaps it’s because all humans have to pass through this embryonic stage on our way to becoming the creatures we are now, thus there is no denying that embryos are (very early human) life. I’m really not sure.

One of the Supreme Court Justices once said “I can’t define pornography but I know it when I see it”. My feelings on this issue are somewhat the same. Its hare to put into words why I feel this is wrong, but I just know it is.

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