President Bush Vetoes Embryonic Stem Cell Bill

Thank President Bush for Vetoing S.5
Watch for Senate Attempt to Put Same Language in Appropriations Bill

Thank President Bush for Vetoing S.5 

President Bush's Veto Message

President Discusses Veto

WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2007 -- As promised, today President George W. Bush vetoed S.5, the bill that would have funded the destruction of the living human beings in their embryonic stage of life for scientific research. This is the second time the President vetoed this legislation in two years.

LifeNews.com reports that rather than attempt to override the President's veto, Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) may try to put the same language in the appropriations (funding) bill for the Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services departments. The President has already promised to veto any appropriations bill that includes funding for the destruction of human embryos.

 CCG volunteer Carol Sainz shows Chair Bill May the petition signed by opponents to S-5, the Embryonic Stem Cell Funding Bill.
Online petition delivered to Congress and the President opposing S.5

The President also issued an executive order that promotes alternative sources of embryo-like stem cells. There is an excellent article with more details about this at LifeNews.com.

Science teaches
that the embryo is a unique, unrepeatable, living and growing being, distinctly human.

Our faith teaches
that each person created by God is a manifestation of His love, called by name, destined for eternal life. Because of this, every human being has equal intrinsic dignity at every stage and condition of life, embryonic or elderly, able or disabled, healthy or ill, wealthy or poor.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed S.5- Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act on June 7, 2007, a bill to provide taxpayer funding for the kind of stem cell research that requires the destruction of living human beings in their embryonic stage of life. The bill passed on a 247- 176 vote, with 10 representatives not voting. See how your Representative voted on S.5. All of the House members voted the same way as they did when H.R.3, the House version of the embryonic stem cell research bill passed in January of this year.

President Bush had indicated in a statement issued after the vote that he would veto S.5. "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. Crossing that line would be a grave mistake. For that reason, I will veto the bill.", said the President.

ACTION:

  1. Thank President Bush for vetoing S.5 by calling 202-456-1111, faxing a letter to 202-456-2461, or sending an email to comments@whitehouse.gov.

TALKING POINTS

Cardinal Rigali's letter urging opposition to S.5 and H.R. 2560

Background

Flyers used in parishes

S.5 provides taxpayer funding for the kind of stem cell research that requires the destruction of living human beings in their embryonic stage of life.

  1. There are many ethical kinds of stem cell research that do not require killing fellow human beings. Non-lethal stem cell research has already produced over 70 cures and treatments. In addition, scientists are finding new sources of embryo-like stem cells that can be obtained without killing. New source of embryonic-like stem cells found.

  1. Killing innocent human beings or experimenting on them is always wrong. It starts with the poorest and most vulnerable - those who can't speak, can't vote, can't organize, and can't make political contributions. Who will be next? Condemned prisoners? The terminally ill?

Help prevent the destruction of innocent human life by opposing S.5.



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