20-June-2007 -- Catholic World News Brief |

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President Bush Vetos Stem Cell Bill, Expands Support for Non-embryonic Research

Washington, Jun. 20, 2007 (CWNews.com) - US President George W. Bush today vetoed a bill that would have expanded federal government subsidies from embryonic stem-cell research.

As Bush used his veto power for the second time on the stem-cell issue, the White House issued a statement explaining that if the legislation had become law, "it would compel American taxpayers - for the first time in our history - to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos."

President Bush has allowed federal funding for stem-cell research using existing lines of embryonic tissue, but has drawn the line at the creation of new embryos to be harvested for stem cells. The legislation expanding federal support for embryo research had easily won passage through Congress, but sponsors admitted that they did not expect to find the two-thirds majority needed to override the presidential veto.

Along with his veto message, President Bush issued an executive order increasing federal support for stem-cell research using non-embryonic tissues. Citing recent medical advances that have been obtained by researchers using stem cells derived from amniotic fluid, skin cells, and bone marrow, the White House said that the presidential action would "make it more likely that these exciting advances continue to unfold."



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