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Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill

In his first veto since taking office five years ago, President Bush rejected a bill that would have loosened the restrictions placed on federally-funded stem-cell research initiatives. Scientists say stem-cell research could lead to medical breakthroughs for those suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, spinal cord injuries, strokes, and more, but Bush on Wednesday (July 18) said a bill funding this research “crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect.” The bill initially passed in the Senate Tuesday (July 18) by a vote of 63-37 before Bush vetoed it. House Republican leaders attempted to override the President’s veto but failed to achieve the necessary two-thirds majority.

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Here’s what the people are saying:

“It’s sad that this veto lines up nicely with President Bush and the evangelical far-right sect’s desire for domination over our lives…The American people want medical technology to progress. The American people want treatments for some of the worst diseases of our time. They want a brighter future for our children.” —

“A victory for unborn almost children has been won today! Just because [embryos] hold the possibility to cure the diseases of millions of people does not mean we should then go routing through the trash for them. No, the second we allow this to happen then liberals are one step closer to their ultimate goal of murdering fully grown snowflake children in the name of science.” —

“Our President simply holds no respect for the scientific method. Our President’s well-known faith seems to encourage that behavior. The President seems to believe that science is an anathema to his religious faith. So, he is able to believe global warming and evolution are only ‘theories.’ Likewise, he clings to the belief life begins at conception. Which would make God himself the greatest abortionist of all, since 80 percent of fertilized eggs fail to implant in the Mother’s uterus and are flushed out during the menstrual cycle.” —

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