THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I tip my hat to the President for doing the right thing on this one. Thank you Mr. President.
President George W. Bush has today upheld his promise to veto legislation H.R. 810, which would have mandated federal funding of research that requires the killing of human embryos. The bill passed in the Senate yesterday 63-37, falling just short of a veto-proof 2/3 majority. National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) has promised to campaign against Senators who supported the legislation.
In a letter sent to all Senators concerning the bill, NRLC explained, "Each human being begins as a human embryo, male or female. The government should not fund research that requires the killing of living members of the species Homo sapiens. H.R. 810 would require federal funding of research projects on stem cells taken from human embryos who are alive today, and who would be killed by the very act of removing their stem cells for the research -- a practice very different from that of the human being who dies by accident and whose organs are then donated to others."
NRLC added, "Stem cells can be obtained without killing human embryos, from umbilical cord blood and from many types of 'adult' (non-embryonic) tissue. Already, humans with at least 72 different diseases and conditions have received therapeutic benefit from treatment with such 'adult' stem cells. In contrast, embryonic stem cells have not been tested in humans for any purpose because of the dangers demonstrated in animal studies, including frequent formation of tumors."
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