Tuesday, May 24, 2005

White House Weighs in on Stem Cells

With the House prepared to vote on two stem cell bills sometime today, the White House released two statements this morning, one in favor of the Smith-Davis adult stem cell research bill and another in opposition to the Castle-DeGette legislation. Of the latter, the administration says it "would require Federal taxpayer dollars to be used to encourage the ongoing destruction of nascent human life." Apparently they really do believe that embryos can be put to better use in the wastebaskets of fertility clinics. The administration has now pulled out all the stops: the statement says outright "If H.R. 810 were presented to the President, he would veto the bill."

This is most unfortunate, and puts pressure on more House Republicans to vote against Castle-DeGette later today. It's going to be a very close vote this afternoon in the House, so stay tuned.


At 1:49 PM, Blogger Jonathan C said...

As flat as that language sounds, there is still wiggle room on the President's part.

"If H.R. 810 were presented to the President, he would veto the bill."

What happens if the bill is then modified in conference? The President may still veto it, but at least he wouldn't be "bound" by today's statement.

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Heiuan said...

::sigh:: I just don't understand what the hang-up is.

These blastocysts are going to be disposed of. They are not EVER going to be able to develop into human beings.

I'm sorry, but in my opinion, that is just stupid.

Why aren't the RTL folks getting up in arms about that part of the equation? Why don't they demonstrate against throwing them away?

To object to using these blastocysts for stem cell research but not object to incinerating them is a completely hypocritical stance, IMNSHO.


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