Bush vetoed a bill on Wednesday, “easing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research” and called on “House Democrats to send him a bill funding alternative stem cell research that does not destroy human embryos.”
“If this legislation becomes law, it would compel American taxpayers — for the first time in our history — to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos,” he said
At an East Room ceremony attended by patients and scientists who oppose research that involves human embryos, Bush also issued an executive order directing the Health and Human Services Department to promote research into “pluripotent” stem cells that have the potential to regenerate cell types and body tissues without use of embryonic stem cells, making them prime weapons in the war against diseases.
Sen. John Kerry issued the following statement in response to President Bush’s veto of legislation that would expand stem cell research.
“When this president uses one of his rare vetoes to block one of the most important pieces of legislation of the year, it speaks volumes about his view of science, research and the need to help the millions of people who are suffering from debilitating disease,” Kerry said. “I am so disappointed in this veto, but ultimately not surprised. To add insult to injury, the president today announced an unfunded, symbolic executive order meant to gloss over the real impact of his veto. It’s a false choice and I strongly hope that this Congress will override the veto.”
ABC News reported that Bush’s “veto of stem cell research legislation comes at a time when public support for such research is at an all-time high.” Leave it to Bush to once again ignore the will of the people because he’s too caught up in his own blind ideology.