Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Bush Vetoes Federally Funded Stem Cell Research Measure


by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 19, 2006

Washington, DC ( -- President Bush vetoed a Congressional bill that would have required taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research. Bush announced the first veto of his presidency in a White House speech in a room filled children who had been adopted by their parents as frozen embryos.
Saying such research should not be funded because it involves the destruction of human life, Bush vetoed the bill.

"This bill would support the taking of innocent human life of the hope of finding medical benefits for others. It crosses a moral boundary that our society needs to respect, so I vetoed it," Bush said.

Some 18 families who had adopted frozen embryos -- called snowflake babies -- attended Bush's speech Wednesday. The families adopted the embryos that had been leftover from fertility treatments from other couples who didn't need them.

"Each of these children was still adopted while still an embryo and has been blessed with a chance to grow, to grow up in a loving family. These boys and girls are not spare parts," the president said.

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For more information on Stem Cell Research, visit the National Catholic Bioethics Center website. Click on the picture of Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, to get hard facts about embryonic and adult stem cell research.

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