House Votes to Ease Stem Cell Restrictions
by Caleb Reading
Ignoring President Bush’s veto threat, the House voted Tuesday to lift limits on embryonic stem cell research, a measure supporters said could accelerate cures for diseases but opponents viewed as akin to abortion.
Bush called the bill a mistake and said he would veto it. The House approved it by a 238-194 vote, far short of the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override a veto.
“This bill would take us across a critical ethical line by creating new incentives for the ongoing destruction of emerging human life,” the president said Tuesday. “Crossing this line would be a great mistake.”
Destruction of emerging human life? I suppose the human life that’s already emerged can just get sick and die if the research involved has anything to do with a hot-button wedge issue like using discarded umbilical cords or frozen embryos. We need to get busy forcibly implanting these embryos in uppity career women. Jesus told me so over breakfast this morning. We had eggs benedict.
Majority Leader Tom DeLay said the embryonic research bill would force taxpayers to finance “the dismemberment of living, distinct human beings.”
The rhetoric didn’t sway many Democrats.
“I don’t need a lecture from the majority leader on moral and ethical leadership,” said Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., referring to questions that have been raised about DeLay’s travel, fundraising and associations with a lobbyist now under federal criminal investigation.
That cracks me up. I also found this quote I got off fark.com amusing:
“[3-day-old frozen] Embryos don’t have members (i.e., limbs), Captain Soapbox.” — blahpers