MoonDawg's Den: Bush's First Veto and a Couple of Questions

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Bush's First Veto and a Couple of Questions

Bush used his first veto ever this week to stop the public funding of embryonic stem cell research. The bill passed with bi-partisan support, and the majority of the public supports it.

I disagree with the veto--go figure! Most of the embryos used for this type of research will be thrown out anyway. Why not use them to help SAVE lives? How does encouraging the disposal of embryos encourage a "culture of life"? Why has every bill that Bush has threatened to veto been supported by both parties--for instance, the McCain amendment on torture?

Jon Stewart has an interesting segment devoted to the veto that is worth seeing.

Cheers,
Jeff

4 Comments:

  • Come on, the veto does not "stop the public funding of embryonic stem cell research". Existing federal funding for that research is not affected by the veto.

    In fact, the bill that was vetoed made no provision whatsoever for increasing research funding. The congress was only amending current law to allow research to be conducted outside the current available embryonic stem cell lines.

    I think if the House and Senate come up with stronger language (and criminal penalties) to prevent fertilization clinics from offering financial inducements to embryo donors, Bush would probably go along with it.

    By Blogger Garry, At 3:03 PM, July 24, 2006  

  • "I think if the House and Senate come up with stronger language (and criminal penalties) to prevent fertilization clinics from offering financial inducements to embryo donors, Bush would probably go along with it."

    So, it's not about a "culture of life" for Bush; it's just about making sure that people don't profit off of killing their embryos? Hmmm...

    The truth is that he's vowed to veto any bill that would "allow research to be conducted outside the current available embryonic stem cell lines." It's not about "financial inducements" it's about this "culture of life" that he professes to believe in.

    By Blogger Jeff, At 6:07 PM, July 24, 2006  

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    By Blogger Jeff, At 6:08 PM, July 24, 2006  

  • Actually I would contend that removing a profit motive for the creation of human embryos preserves the "culture of life". Unless, that is, you believe that human embryos should be a relegated to the status of a commodity that can be legally bought and sold in the marketplace - such purchases subsidized by taxpayer funds, no less.

    By Blogger Garry, At 8:15 PM, July 24, 2006  

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