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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Bush Vetoes Embryonic Stem Cell Bill

The Associated Press reports on President Bush's latest embryonic stem cell research bill veto.

Vetoing a stem cell bill for the second time, President Bush on Wednesday sought to placate those who disagree with him by signing an executive order urging scientists toward what he termed "ethically responsible" research in the field.

Bush announced no new federal dollars for stem cell research, which supporters say holds the promise of disease cures, and his order would not allow researchers to do anything they couldn't do under existing restrictions.

Announcing his veto to a roomful of supporters, Bush said, "If this legislation became law, it would compel American taxpayers for the first time in our history to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos. I made it clear to Congress and to the American people that I will not allow our nation to cross this moral line."

Meanwhile state governments and private sources are moving forward with research in this area.  Unfortunately, this isn't the best way to proceed.  Newsday.com quotes Senator Corzine,

"At a time when states and the private sector are partnering to further discovery of this promising science, the federal government should be doing more to improve the lives of millions of Americans," Corzine said.

Corzine's comments came a day after New Jersey awarded $10 million in stem cell research grants, including money for embryonic stem cell work. The state has also approved $270 million for stem cell research facilities and plans to ask voters in November to approve borrowing $450 million for stem cell research grants.

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