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article imageStem Cell Bill Faces Another Veto

By rob13     Apr 11, 2007 in Politics
For the second straight year, it appears a Senate stem cell bill is likely to be vetoed by President Bush.
With debate on stem cell funding getting ready to take place in the Senate, backers of this very popular issue are refusing to take 'No' for answer this time. However, it appears an approval for stem cell funding still does have have enough backers to override an almost certain veto from President Bush.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, vowed that sooner or later legislation for broader stem cell research and funding will become law. However, President Bush has all ready vowed that he will not use federal taxpayer money to support and encourage the destruction of any type of human life. During his six year tenure in the White House, President Bush has used his veto power only once--a veto back in 2006 against stem cell funding.
Stem cells are created in the first days after conception, and afterwards the embryos that were created are then frozen and destroyed.
The current legislation up for debate would overturn President Bush's 2001 policy that limited federal funding for stem cells to a select number of stem cells that were all ready in existence. The President's goal in 2001 was to placate call for scientific research while trying not to offend the conservative anti-abortion coalition.
This time around supporters of federal stem cell funding are proposing an alternative that is said to push scientific research ahead on stem cells without destroying human embryos, and this proposal is creating a sticky point for conservatives that are against stem cell research.
Sen. Norm Coleman,R-Minnesota, said federal stem cell funding is starting to take on a 'culture war' when describing how the political battles have raged over this issue for the last few years.
Sen. Tom Harkin,D-Iowa, states the true ethics surrounding stem cell research is more an issue about whether it is more ethical to just discard unused embryos as opposed to using these embryos in research that may save lives and help cure life altering disease such as Alzheimer's.
Last year, the Senate approved a bill backing federal funding of stem cell research, but they were one vote short of the required 64 needed to overturn any Bush veto. With the Democrats now in charge of the Senate, it still appears there still may not be enough votes to override the President's veto yet again.
If current polling results are any indication, it appears the American public is behind Congress in calling for federal funding of stem cells. An Abc/Washingtion Post poll earlier this year showed 61 percent of the American public is in favor of this issue.
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