Yesterday’s veto of Stem Cell research — Bush’s second attempt at stopping human longevity — creates an uncomfortable schism between “Doing the Right Thing” and a narrow religious view pressed into the heart of human suffering favoring the possibility of life over established self-sustained living.
Bush once again presents to the world his indefensible selfish view of pretending to save lives while perpetuating incomprehensible, international, deaths on the battlefield.
From the New York Times [emphasis added]:
WASHINGTON, June 20 — President Bush on Wednesday issued
his second veto of a measure lifting his restrictions on human
embryonic stem cell experiments. The move effectively pushed the
contentious scientific and ethical debate surrounding the research into
the 2008 presidential campaign.
“Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not
ethical,” Mr. Bush said in a brief ceremony in the East Room of the
White House. He called the United States “a nation founded on the principle that all human life is sacred.”
think the president has issued a political fig leaf,” said Sean Tipton,
spokesman for the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, an
advocacy group. “He knows he’s on the wrong side of the American
The veto, only the third of Mr. Bush’s presidency, puts him at odds not
only with the majority of voters, according to polls, but also with
many members of his own political party. Republicans sent him a similar measure last year when they controlled Congress.
Americans want embryonic stem cell research — in spite of Bush’s
patriarchal ideal that he, and only he, understands science and the
preservation of life — but to deny the will of the people is to
confront the death of responsible national governance.
June 20, 2007 – As the debate over the use of human embryos
in research continued with today’s presidential veto of yet another
stem-cell bill, a new survey of more than 1,000 infertility patients
found that 60 percent were willing to donate their frozen embryos to
stem-cell research. The study, conducted at Johns Hopkins University
and published in the journal Science, found that the couples were
nearly three times more likely to donate their embryos for stem-cell
research than for adoption. These donations could make an additional
80,000 to 100,000 embryos available to researchers, says co-author of
the study Ruth Faden.
How does Bush reconcile the willingness of the creators of the embryos
to donate their unwanted embryos to science instead of the endless
Here is the definition of “Embryonic Stem Cells” from the National Institutes of Health:
Embryonic stem cells, as their name suggests, are derived
from embryos. Specifically, embryonic stem cells are derived from
embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilized in vitro–in an
in vitro fertilization clinic–and then donated for research purposes
with informed consent of the donors.
They are not derived from eggs
fertilized in a woman’s body. The embryos from which human embryonic
stem cells are derived are typically four or five days old and are a
hollow microscopic ball of cells called the blastocyst. The blastocyst
includes three structures: the trophoblast, which is the layer of cells
that surrounds the blastocyst; the blastocoel, which is the hollow
cavity inside the blastocyst; and the inner cell mass, which is a group
of approximately 30 cells at one end of the blastocoel.
Embryonic Stems Cells provide the hardiest longevity of all stem cell research:
Scientists are trying to understand two fundamental properties of stem cells that relate to their long-term self-renewal:
- Why can embryonic stem cells proliferate for a year or more
in the laboratory without differentiating, but most adult stem cells
- What are the factors in living organisms that normally regulate stem cell proliferation and self-renewal?
Embryonic Stem Cells are not babies. They are not children. They do not breathe. They have no soul.
Stem Cells hold the promise for saving and healing hundreds of lives
from a single research cell.
When people like Bush wrap themselves in the idea of saving the
potential possibility of one — and then allowing that single maybe to
trump the established triumphs of research — we all decay as one in
the determined midst of small minds bending scientific knowledge to
adhere to blind religious belief.