Friday, May 20, 2005

Because Once Wasn't Enough...

This is a sort of addendum to yesterday's post. Well, it's related because it's also about stem cell research. Both sides of Congress are getting close to passing a new bill that would expand support for stem cell research. So what is our man GWB doing? Threatening the veto.

"I made [it] very clear to the Congress that the use of federal money, taxpayers' money, to promote science which destroys life in order to save life, I'm against that," Bush told reporters. "Therefore if the bill does that, I will veto it."

So, when scientists kill bacteria when researching antibiotics, that should be illegal? Or, to be more specific, it should receive no public funding? I'm being hyperbolic, I know. But what constitutes life? Are stem cells harvested from aborted fetuses alive? Where do you draw the line? And, more importantly, is it the role of a politician to make such scientific decisions?

I just find it disgusting that he may veto this bill, which will continue to prevent U.S. scientists from investigating this promising research. He has not vetoed a single bill in either term of his presidency!

To make it even more absurd, the story ends with a quote claiming that Bush describes himself as a "strong supporter of adult stem cell research."

Does he have any idea what he's talking about?


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