Veto of stem cell act the right thing |

Veto of stem cell act the right thing

President Bush did the right thing to veto the Stem Cell Research Act of 2007 because, as he explained, “it would compel American taxpayers – for the first time in our history – to support deliberate destruction of human embryos.”

Instead, he issued an executive order increasing federal support for stem cell research using nonembryonic tissues (adult stem cells).

Congressman Mike Spence, R-Indiana, commented, “I simply believe that it is morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of Americans who believe that life begins at conception and use it to fund research that destroys nascent human life.”

Rep. Dave Weldon, R-Florida, a physician who conducted biomedical research, says that medical journals have made it clear that cord blood stem cells and adult stem cells are having “tremendous application and actually offer help in treating a host of diseases, including leukemia and sickle-cell anemia.” Weldon claims that “by touting embryonic stem cell research, Democrats are providing people with false hope.”

Despite disagreements on political issues, for his support of the culture of life, President George W. Bush deserves our gratitude and a credit in history.

Paul A. Fleischman

Grass Valley

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