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Bush Prepares For a Difficult Veto

April 13, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

This morning, President Bush prepared to veto the stem cell bill by practicing his rhetoric at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast:

>Renewing the promise of America begins with upholding the dignity of human life. (Applause.) In our day, there is a temptation to manipulate life in ways that do not respect the humanity of the person. When that happens, the most vulnerable among us can be valued for their utility to others — instead of their own inherent worth. We must continue to work for a culture of life — where the strong protect the weak, and where we recognize in every human life the image of our Creator. (Applause.)

On Wednesday, the Senate once again sealed Congress’s approval of funding embryonic stem cell research by easily passing S.5, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007. President Bush vetoed this same exact bill last year when it was approved by the Republican-led 109th Congress, and he has vowed to veto it again this year. The Carpetbagger Report was quick to respond to Bush’s allusive comments this morning:

>If Bush were convinced that [stem cell] research is a morally repugnant “manipulation” of life, he could advocate banning the research altogether. Indeed, if Bush is convinced that embryos are people, as he apparently claims, he’d have to try and ban the research. As far as his ideology is concerned, this would be mass murder on a grand scale. Instead, the president merely asks researchers to try and save lives blindfolded with one arm tied behind their backs.

By vetoing this bill, President Bush not only throws himself into a difficult ethics debate, but he places himself between people suffering from diseases and a succession of Congress’ that are ready to search for cures.

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D, MD) on The Hill’s Congress Blog:

>Every year we wait to pass this bill, our research falls three years behind. That’s another patient who may have been saved, another family that may not have to watch a loved one suffer. This is not about ideology. It’s not about party. It is about the American people and trying to help save lives everywhere.

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