Congress should override President Bush’s Veto of the Stem Cell Bill

June 27, 2007 at 9:17 pm | Posted in Stem Cell Research | Leave a comment

I have sent the following message to my U.S. Senators, my Representative, and President Bush:

President Bush recently vetoed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which was passed by large majorities of both houses of Congress.  He did so because of an ideology that ignores the facts, and his actions seek to deny millions the potential benefits of stem cell research.  

Stem cells show promise in developing cures for a wide variety of otherwise incurable diseases.  The veto, if not overridden, will therefore cost many, many lives, and condemn millions to a life of disease.

The veto will not save any lives, even if you believe that an embryo is a human life.  The bill allows research using stem cells derived only from embryos that will be discarded in any case.  In addition, it specifies that the donors must give their informed written consent, and will receive no financial or other inducements to donate the embryos.

I urge you to vote to overturn this unfortunate veto.

I urge you to send a similar message to your Senators and your Representative.

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