Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

“These boys and girls are not spare parts,” he said of the children in the audience. “They remind us of what is lost when embryos are destroyed in the name of research. They remind us that we all begin our lives as a small collection of cells.”

Yeah, so what? So does a tumor.

Bush said, “If this bill were to become law, American taxpayers would, for the first time in our history, be compelled to fund the deliberate destruction of human embryos, and I’m not going to allow it.”

We’re already compelled to fund a war that has killed over 3,000 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis. These are REAL PEOPLE, not fetuses.

“This bill would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others,” Bush said Wednesday afternoon. “It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect. So I vetoed it.”

Funny that 70% of Americans (thats a big chunk of Republicans there Dub) don’t find this “moral boundary” much of a boundary at all. You know how Bush loves to rail about activist judges that legislate against the mandate of the people? Well, welcome to hyprocrisy-ville, Mr. Bush.

And just so everyone knows excatly what he vetoed:

The embryonic stem cell bill would lift Bush’s executive order blocking federal funding for any stem cell research using embryonic stem cell lines developed after Aug. 9, 2001. To qualify for federal funding under the bill, newer embryos could be used in studies only if they:

_Were created for the purposes of fertility treatment.

_Were donated by in vitro fertilization clinics with written, informed consent of those being being treated.

_Were “in excess of the clinical need of the individuals seeking such treatment” and would never be implanted in a woman.

_Would otherwise be discarded, as determined by those seeking treatment.

_Were not donated by patients induced to do so by financial or other incentives


  1. #1 Bob Abu
    July 20, 2006

    Here is the official roll call of the House Veto Over Ride Vote

    This is the official Roll Call for the same earlier vote by the US Senate

    You can find your own Senate and House representative by entering the zip code at this web site

    US Elections are in November.

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