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Bush uses veto on stem cell bill President
Bush vetoes a bill for the first time since taking office as he blocks more embryonic cell research.

This disturbing decision was made today, president Bush has decided to veto progress in medical science and a chance for people with terrible diseases to get a chance for recovery. He marks:

“It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect, so I vetoed it.”

But that’s the whole point, Mr Bush. In a decent society decisions are made in a democratic way. And vetoes can in no way be classified as democratic. One man decides for the whole of the medical society and the society as a whole that one of the largest governments in the world is not going to fund stem cell research, even though the bill was passed in the democratically elected Congress. The advocates and opponents of stem cell research, who have been arguing their case as they should, have been given the message that their opinion is of no value.

“This bill would support the taking of innocent human life of the hope of finding medical benefits for others,” the president said.

“Each of these children was still adopted while still an embryo and has been blessed with a chance to grow, to grow up in a loving family. These boys and girls are not spare parts.”

But that’s the whole point, these boys and girls aren’t boys and girls at the point where they are no more than a small lump of dividing cells. Sure, they hold the promise of becoming boys and girls if they are granted a space in a womb. A brick factory holds the promise of fabricating the building blocks of a house. Yet, those bricks aren’t a house, they are bricks.

The risks of this veto run even further. By taking away the funding for stem cell research from the government, Bush is driving this type of research into the hands of commerce. And that’s exactly where the fabric of morality starts to run thin.

By trying to protect his own sense of morality, president Bush has signed the death certificate of many people who could have benefited from therapies resulting from government funded research into stem cells, therapies that will be delayed by his veto. I suggest democracy be restored and veto vetoes, no single person or country should have the power to decide against a majority vote.

Update: Click here to watch Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, make the same and very touching arguments against Bush’s veto.