by Steven Ertelt
November 20, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The White House has responded to news reports indicating two teams of scientists have devised a new process allowing the creation of embryonic stem cells without the destruction of human life. The objection has been the central basis on which President Bush has vetoed two bills to fund the controversial science.
White House spokesman Tony Fratto issued a public statement that LifeNews.com received, saying the president appreciates the research because it does not cross an "ethical line" he has established.
"President Bush is very pleased to see the important advances in ethical stem cell research reported in scientific journals today," Fratto explained.
"By avoiding techniques that destroy life, while vigorously supporting alternative approaches, President Bush is encouraging scientific advancement within ethical boundaries," Fratto added.
President Bush put his stem cell research policy in place in August 2001 and said he would not force taxpayers to fund any new embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life. Since then, he’s vetoed two Congressional bills to overturn that policy.
The White House official noted President Bush was the first president to make federal funds available for human embryonic stem cell research and that his policy made sure only federal funds were spent on previously-created cells.
Fratto pointed out that Bush highlighted research into the possibility of reprogramming adult skin cells into pluripotent stem cells without intruding on human embryos or eggs in a July 2006 address.
He also indicated the president’s June 2007 executive order to accelerate this kind of research.
"One of the studies announced today was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health operating under the President’s stem cell policy," Fratto explained.
"The President believes medical problems can be solved without compromising either the high aims of science or the sanctity of human life," Fratto concluded. "We will continue to encourage scientists to expand the frontiers of stem cell research and continue to advance the understanding of human biology in an ethically responsible way."