President Bush Backs Stem Cell Research Limits, Opposes Abortion in Interview

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 28, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

President Bush Backs Stem Cell Research Limits, Opposes Abortion in Interview

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 28, 2005

Washington, DC ( — In an interview with the New York Times that the newspaper published on Friday, President Bush said he is comfortable with the ethical limits he put on embryonic stem cell research funding. He also said his job as president is to help change hearts and minds on the issue of abortion.

In a 40-minute interview in the Oval office, Bush said he was comfortable with the limits he placed on taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research, even though many states are pushing to use state dollars.

He said, "destroying life to create life is not ethical" and that "whether it happens in the private sector or the public sector, it doesn’t change the ethics."

In August 2001, President Bush announced that the federal government would not fund any new embryonic stem cell research. Instead, the Bush administration has spent more than $190 million on the use of adult stem cells — which come from more ethical sources and have already produced dozens of cures for diseases and ailments.

On the issue of abortion, President Bush told the Times he could see the "glimmerings" of a nation in which every child is "welcomed in life and protected in law."
"I think the goal ought to be to convince people to value life," Bush told the New York paper.

"But, I fully understand our society is divided on the issue and that there will be abortions," Bush explained. "You know, that’s reality… My job is to convince people to make right choices in life, to understand there’re alternatives to abortion, like adoption, and will continue to do so."

The president’s comments come days after a spokesman announced that he would back two pro-life bills that are the top goals for Congressional lawmakers.

The Child Custody Protection Act would make sure that parents have a right to know when their teenage daughters are considering an abortion. The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act requires abortion facilities to tell women that an abortion after 20 weeks into pregnancy will cause severe pain for the unborn child.