WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.”
What it is (and isn’t), why it’s promising, and who can benefit.
Embryonic Stem Cells Hold Tremendous Promise
The suffering of millions could end
- These cells could be the ‘missing link’ needed to cure some of the world’s most deadly diseases.
(WASHINGTON) — The Democratic-controlled House Thursday passed a bill bolstering embryonic stem cell research that advocates say shows promise for numerous medical cures.
But the 253-174 vote fell short of the two-thirds margin required to overturn President Bush’s promised veto, despite gains made by supporters in the November elections. Bush vetoed identical legislation last year and the White House on Thursday promised he would veto it again. The White House said the bill — the third bill of the Democrats’ first 100 hours agenda to pass the House — “would use federal taxpayer dollars to support and encourage the destruction of human life for research.”
Opposition to embryo-destroying research is not a losing issue. At least it shouldn’t be.
“How can you side with those people?”
In 2002, a paralyzed research advocate who actively supports embryonic-stem-cell and human-cloning research asked me this question. By “those” people she meant Christians, conservatives, and pro-life groups.
If you’re paralyzed from a spinal cord injury, walking is the least of your worries.
Tara Blackwell can’t grasp an apple. She needs help to use the bathroom. Breathing is difficult.
The Pine Forest High School graduate who suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury while a Troy University softball player says the research her doctor is doing on embryonic stem cells could change all that.
The dramatic change in the US political landscape after Tuesday’s midterm elections will likely have a big effect on stem-cell research, experts say.
Researchers who work on embryonic stem cells stand to benefit from a tide of voter anger that swept Republicans out of power in the House of Representatives and the Senate, handing control to the Democrats, according to latest reports.
Democrat representative Nancy Pelosi, who is set to become speaker of the House, has already promised to broaden the types of stem-cell research allowed with federal funds in the first 100 hours of her majority leadership, which is set to begin in January 2007.
AURORA – The University of Colorado has scored a $6 million gift from Denver’s Gates family and gained a top Texas researcher, two major steps toward transforming CU into one of the country’s premier stem cell research centers, medical school officials said Wednesday.
CU officials announced the Gates donation – the largest research gift in the School of Medicine’s history – Wednesday afternoon at the university’s Fitzsimons campus.
IRVINE, Calif. – Hans S. Keirstead might be the Pied Piper of stem cells – and not just because he makes rats walk. He also helped lure Californians to the polls last fall to approve spending $3 billion of the state’s money on embryonic stem cell research over the next decade. But he has critics who worry that he may be leading their new field too far, too soon into uncharted territory.Dr. Keirstead, an assistant professor at the University of California campus here, has been making paralyzed rats walk again, using a treatment based on human embryonic stem cells.
One of the primary responsibilities of any editorial is to get the facts right. Unfortunately, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s editorial extolling Ron Reagan’s speech at the Democratic convention (“Health, science trump politics,” July 28), failed to make the grade.
First, the P-I claimed that stem-cell research could “yield treatments” for Alzheimer’s disease. Actually, as reported by The Washington Post — and admitted by Reagan on the television show “Hardball” — Alzheimer’s is unlikely to be effectively treated with embryonic stem cells