Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I'm Extremely Proud of My President

Bush Vetoes Embryonic Stem Cell Research Bill
I'm so proud that Bush used his veto pen to veto this bill. I am very disappointed in many of the Republicans that supported this bill but so glad Bush had the backbone not to endorse it. Here are just some of the Republican senators who supported it: John McCain, Arlen Specter, Trent Lott, Bill Frist and Orrin Hatch. To see how all the senators voted go here. I am used to McCain and Specter and many of the other liberal Republicans jumping ship on issues of morality but very disappointed in Lott, Frist and Hatch.

There is no question this is an issue of protecting life in its earliest stages. The part I don't get is that we don't need to do this. Adult stem cells from cord blood has proven to provide a lot more results than embryonic stem cells and yet we insist on destroying life because we MIGHT find a cure for something. I also don't get how someone with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's would want babies to die on the possibility they might be cured. Here is what the President said today when vetoeing the bill:
"In this new era, our challenge is to harness the power of science to ease human suffering without sanctioning the practices that violate the dignity of human life," Bush said in the East Room of the White House after vetoing the measure.

Bush announced his veto surrounded by 18 families who "adopted" frozen embryos not used by other couples to have children, otherwise known as "snowflake babies."

"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," Bush said after several interruptions of applause from supporters. "They remind us of what is lost when embryos are destroyed in the name of research. The remind us that we all begin our lives as a small collection of cells. And they remind us that in our zeal for new treatments and cures, America must never abandon our fundamental morals

Here are some more excerpts from the Fox News article:
With the Senate's passage of the legislation Tuesday, the bill was put on a virtual collision course with the president's desk. In August 2001, Bush permitted existing federal research to continue, but has fervently advocated against increased government funding. He and others argue that stem cells that come from human embryos — unlike stem cells derived from adults — can only be harvested through the loss of a human life.

"The president believes strongly that for the purpose of research, it's inappropriate for the federal government to finance something that many people consider murder. He's one of them," said White House spokesman Tony Snow.

Bush argued that the bill would have crossed a line and "once crossed, we would find it impossible to turn back."

At the same time, Bush announced he had signed another bill, passed unanimously in the House and Senate, that would pre-emptively ban "fetal farming," the prospect of raising and aborting fetuses for scientific research.

And with this vote I have yet another reason to add to the very long list of reasons on why McCain should never, ever get the Republican nomination for president!!

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