Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Pres. Bush's First Veto

President Bush has followed through on his threat to veto a bill which would have provided federal funding for research on embryonic stem cells.
"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."
Read the whole FoxNews article here.


At 7/20/2006 12:10 AM, Blogger Christopher Taylor said...

While I wish President Bush would have this sort of steadfast position regarding fiscal responsibility, he did a great job here with a moral dilemma. He hasn't used his veto before this, which after 2006 days in office (interestingly enough), which changes the character of the event. If he'd vetoed stuff left and right like Gerald Ford had to, it wouldn't mean much. But since this is the only time he's used the power I think congress will think more than twice about attempting to override it.


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