The Veto Heard Round the World

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The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (CBC) applauds President George Bush's veto of destructive embryonic stem cell research.

The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (CBC) applauds President George Bush's veto of destructive embryonic stem cell research.

Jennifer Lahl, National Director of the Center for Bioethics and Culture says, "I support the president’s veto and see this as a necessary and critical bright line to draw in the sand. Bush was right to say, “Our children are creations not commodities”, and his veto affirms that belief."

CBC supports the position that a veto on embryo research provides a principled and ethical framework for scientific research to advance and flourish. Our government should not fund research that treats nascent human life as a harvestable crop. We should not be in the business of creating human life for the sole purpose of destroying it—no matter what the end results may be.

As H.R. 810 would specifically fund the destruction of embryos frozen in fertility clinics,CBC believes that this veto maintains an important fire wall between women and couples who use in vitro fertilization technologies to make embryos to make babies and the researcher who has a vested interest in these couples donating their spare or leftover embryos for research.

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