Stem Cell Veto

24 Jun Stem Cell Veto

Washington, DC ( — For the second time, President Bush has vetoed a bill that would force Americans to pay for research that involves the destruction of human life. Because days-old unborn children are killed for their cells for science, the president said the bill crosses a moral line that he can’t support.

“If this legislation became law, it would compel American taxpayers — for the first time in our history — to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos,” he said in a statement highlighting the veto. “I have made it clear to Congress and the American people that Iwill not allow the nation to cross this moral line,” the statement added.

Instead of signing the bill, President Bush issued an executive order to press for more research into ways of obtaining embryonic stem cells without harming human life. The White House defended the president’s policy saying he was the first president to make federal funds available for stem cell research, including money for studies involving older embryonic stem cells where no more destruction would take place.

Since 2001, President Bush has made $130 million dollars available for research on stem cell lines derived from embryos that had already been destroyed. The president has also provided more than $3 billion in federal funding for research on all forms of stem cells, including those from adult and other non-embryonic sources.

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