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19Jul/060

Bush’s First Veto

Bush thumbs upDespite a large majority of the public supporting stem cell research, President Bush stubbornly stuck to his anti-science guns today by using his first presidential veto. The bill, named HR 810, would allow federal funding agencies to support the development of new embryonic stem cell lines derived from unused frozen embryos created by in-vitro fertilization treatments.

These "embryos" (more accurately "clusters of cells") are already being created and destroyed by the tens or hundreds for each couple undergoing such fertility treatment. It seems incredibly wasteful to NOT use these cells for some utility after a chlid has been successfully conceived. But Bush continues to bow to crazies in his party that demand control over science based on their interpretation of a 2,000 year old book.