President Bush used his veto pen for only the third time in his Administration to veto federal support for expanded embryonic stem cell research.
The President stated:
“Congress has sent me a bill that would overturn this policy. If this legislation became law, it would compel American taxpayers — for the first time in our history — to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos. I made it clear to Congress and to the American people that I will not allow our nation to cross this moral line. Last year, Congress passed a similar bill — I kept my promise by vetoing it. And today I’m keeping my word again: I am vetoing the bill that Congress has sent. (Applause.)
Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical — and it is not the only option before us. We’re already seeing remarkable advances in the science and therapeutic uses of stem cells drawn from adults and children, and the blood from umbilical cords — with no harm to the donor. Researchers value embryonic stem cells because they are pluripotent — which means that they have the potential to develop into nearly all the cell types and tissues in the body. Researchers are now developing promising new techniques that offer the potential to produce pluripotent stem cells — without having to destroy human life.”
For the President, it is more moral to throw embryonic stem cells that are no longer useful for fertility purposes into the garbage than to donate them to science to save lives.
But I am not surprised.
This President and his Administration does not know anything about ethics.
The Attorney General who is supposed to uphold the laws lies under oath.
The Vice-President has a problem with telling the truth.
Scientists aren’t even allowed to talk about polar bears at meetings.
The White House avoids the records laws by using the RNC mail system and then conveniently loses 5 million emails.
Republicans and the President pass a Medicare Plan D program that prohibited the government from negotiating for lower prices for seniors.
A high level Bush Administration official, and former energy lobbyist, rewrites global warming reports to downplay their significance. When this is revealed, he leaves government and gets a job with Exxon-Mobil three days later.
And one of the most least-ethical things, the Mexico City Policy as part of an anti-abortion effort in this White House is denying vulnerable women across the poorest regions of Africa needed medical care because their clinic advises them about abortion.
So don’t lecture me about ethics Mr. President.
Don’t tell me you are more concerned about embryonic cells headed for the garbage can than young and old Americans suffering from disease.
Every day you are President is a good day for Parkinson’s Disease. A good day for spinal cord injuries. A good day for diabetes. A good day for ignorance over enlightenment, peace over war, disease over cures, and poverty over increasing the wealth for all.
I am very sad for you Mr. President. You just don’t get it. But so many people are suffering because of you. If there is a God sitting in judgment of you Mr. President, I wonder what that divine spirit will think as it watches you act to prevent the cure of disease, choose torture over treaties, and side with lobbyists over scientists concerned about the very future of our planet.
2008 can come none too soon for me.