Posted by: Christine Johnson | June 7, 2007

Congress Votes to Expand Funding on Experimentation on Human Beings

The Democratic-led U.S. Congress defied President George W. Bush on Thursday and gave final approval to legislation to roll back his restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem cell research.

But the 247-176 vote by the House of Representatives on the measure already passed by the Senate was short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a promised veto by Bush, who rejected a similar bill last year.

“If this bill were to become law, American taxpayers would for the first time in our history be compelled to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos,” Bush said in a statement. “Crossing that line would be a grave mistake.”

Thirty-seven of Bush’s fellow Republicans joined 210 Democrats in voting for the bill.
Shortly after Bush took office in 2001, he allowed federal funding on 78 stem cell lines then in existence. Most turned out to be of limited use to scientists, who have pressed Congress to expand federally funded research.

These scientists have said the research holds promise for millions of people suffering from debilitating diseases such as Parkinson’s and diabetes.

In an effort to ease concerns, the bill would permit scientists to only use embryos left over from fertility treatments that would otherwise be discarded.

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Sure, just use those “leftover” ones. Who cares about them? That will ease my conscience, for sure. God doesn’t mind when you kill unborn babies that are in a frozen and suspended state. Becuase those babies don’t matter, especially to their parents, who are so generous as to donate them to be experimented on.

Get the whole story here.

NRLC will have the records of how your senators and representative voted.

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