Bush Remains Committed to Life

22 06 2007

Filed under: Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Adult Stem Cell Research, Abortion, Politics, Humanism, Feminism

For the second time, President Bush vetoed an embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) bill on Wednesday.

For the second time during his presidency, George W. Bush has chosen to invoke his privilege of a presidential veto to veto a bill that, if signed into law, would lift the ban on federal funds being used for the purpose of destructive embryonic stem-cell research.

Congress had already passed an almost identical bill about a year ago, which President Bush also vetoed.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Bush for his latest veto with strong words in an e-mail sent to supporters on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, once egain employing religious-like language about the issue, referring to the “miracle” of embryonic stem-cell research. On Wednesday, said Pelosi, “with a single stroke of his cruel veto pen, President Bush will dash the hopes of millions of Americans seeking cures through the miracle of stem cell research.”

“He will say ‘No’ to hope.”

Previously Speaker Pelosi had horrified pro-life advocates by referring to embryonic stem cell research as a “gift from God.”

President Bush, however, has repeatedly expressed his conviction that American taxpayers should not be forced to fund a type of research that not only has seen no success in creating the types of cures that some have promised, but that is also ethically damnable. He has also repeatedly expressed his desire to encourage stem-cell research that uses sources of stem-cells that do not involve the destruction of human life, sources of stem-cells that have already produced numerous actual cures.

He’s not saying ‘No’ to hope. He’s saying ‘No’ to murder, Nancy.

Hillary remains committed to killing.

In response to the veto, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) stated, “When I am president, I will lift the ban on stem cell research.”

You gotta love the choice of word here: ‘When,’ not ‘If.’ Thankfully, Bush understands the difference between a political and a moral issue and will not allow Democrats to swap them at their convenience, especially when Adult Stem Cell Research (ASCR) is producing all the results without killing humans.

The Bush administration has correctly made a distinction between adult stem cell research, which the President supports, and embryonic stem cell research, which the President opposes. The former does not have the moral dilemma of creating life only to destroy it through research, as does the latter.

Mathew Staver, the Founder of Liberty Counsel and the Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: “President Bush has taken a principled stand that promotes science while respecting the sanctity of human life. Science and morality are not enemies. While we must find ways to cure disease and save lives, we must never devalue human life in the process. Our first commitment must be to life, because without the right to life, all other rights are illusory. The President has always maintained the proper balance between science and morality.”

Pelosi’s invoking of God in her absurd implication that ESCR is a “gift from God,” as if God desires that we kill his creation, was in vain.

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