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Bush Vetoes Embryonic Stem Cell Bill

President Bush cast the first veto of his 5½-year presidency Wednesday, saying legislation easing limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research “crosses a moral boundary” and is wrong.

“This bill would support the taking of innocent human life of the hope of finding medical benefits for others,” Bush said at a White House event where he was surrounded by 18 families who “adopted” frozen embryos not used by other couples, and then used those leftover embryos to have children.

“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,” he said.

The veto came a day after the Senate defied Bush and approved the legislation, 63-37, four votes short of the two-thirds margin needed to override. White House officials and Republican congressional leaders claimed it was unlikely that Congress could override the veto.

Between this and GW’s unfailing (so far) support of Israel, he is regaining much of the respect I lost for him with the proposed illegal immigrant amnesty plan.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., was quick to criticize the president’s veto.

“I am pro-life, but I disagree with the president’s decision to veto the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act,” said Frist. “Given the potential of this research and the limitations of the existing lines eligible for federally funded research, I think additional lines should be made available.”

Hey dumbass, this research has no potential. Quit trying to waste our money on it. This is about making money, not saving lives. Why don’t you spend a little energy making adult stem cell research profitable? We already know it works. Some of our lives depend on it.

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July 19, 2006 - Posted by | Social and Politics, Stem Cell Research

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