White House: President Still Opposes Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 4, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 4
, 2007

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With the House of Representatives voting next week on a measure forcing taxpayers to fund new embryonic stem cell research, White House spokesman Tony Snow said President Bush still doesn’t support that.

He reiterated the president’s position against destroying human life for science.

Snow told a Wednesday news conference that "the President has made it clear" that he "does not believe that this kind of research necessitates the taking of a human life."

"The position hasn’t changed," Snow explained.

Instead, President Bush "believes in encouraging, through federal largesse and otherwise, investigation into promising technologies" such as adult stem cell research — which has helped patients but doesn’t require destroying days-old unborn children.

Snow also touted Bush’s record as the first president to provide federal funds for any kind of stem cell research — including hundreds of millions of dollars on adult stem cells.

"[H]e believes in stem cell research so much," Snow said, pointing to "the fact that this administration has done more to finance stem cell research, embryonic and otherwise, than any administration in history."

Snow said he couldn’t comment on the specific bill the Democrat-led House is in the process of drafting on embryonic stem cell research funding because it hasn’t been completed.

Though the measure has a number, HR 3, the text has not been finalized.

"When we start seeing the product of those legislative deliberations then we’ll be in the position to tell you where the President will stand on certain things," Snow told the news conference.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to take up the measure next Thursday. This is the second time Congress has attempted to require taxpayer funding for the unproven research.

Last May the House voted for the bill by a vote of 238 to 194 but President Bush vetoed the measure in July.

“It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect,” the president said at the time.

The House failed to achieve a two-thirds override vote shortly after the veto as it voted for the measure 235-193 — some fifty-one votes short of the two-thirds needed.

Since the votes, advocates of embryonic stem cell research, which has yet to help any human patients and experienced numerous problems in animals, gained numerous seats in the House. However, it appears they may not have enough necessary to override a second presidential veto.

ACTION: Call your member of Congress at 202-224-3121 and urge strong opposition to the embryonic stem cell research funding bill. You can find specific contact information for your elected officials at https://www.house.gov.