Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill, World Keeps Spinning

President Bush announced the first veto of his presidency for H.R. 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 (Video). From the AP report:

This bill would support the taking of innocent human life of the hope of finding medical benefits for others. It crosses a moral boundary that our society needs to respect, so I vetoed it,” Bush said at a White House event where he was surrounded by 18 families who “adopted” frozen embryos that were not used by other couples, and then used those leftover embryos to have children.

“Each of these children was still adopted while still an embryo and has been blessed with a chance to grow, to grow up in a loving family. These boys and girls are not spare parts,” he said.

An override of the veto is not expected.

Wired magazine notes that in the ethical debate over the science of stem cell research new technology holds much promise. How? By extracting stem cells from placentas

Interesting Factoid: According to figures cited by Sen. Arlen Specter during the Senate debate on the bill, there have only been 128 of these “snow flake” babies born from “adopted” embryos since 1997.

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